BOAT REGULATIONS

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Legal Requirements

All motorboat operators are required by state law to have a license or certificate.

ONE COAST GUARD APPROVED LIFE PRESERVER PER PERSON REQUIRED BY STATE AND FEDERAL LAW ON ALL TYPES OF VESSELS, INCLUDING BOTH MOTOR AND SAIL BOATS.

Motorboats by state law may not exceed a speed of 5 miles per hour within 150 feet of any shoreline or structure extending from the shoreline.


Tokeneke Club Regulations

THE TOKENEKE CLUB ACCEPTS NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SAFETY OF ANYONE BOATING, SAILING OR WIND SURFING, EXCEPT FOR THOSE WHO ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE TOKENEKE SAILING PROGRAM DURING CLASSES.

Parents are requested not to permit their children to boat on the Sound unless they are qualified by age, training and experience.


Parental permission must be given to the Pool Office at the beginning of the season for all children under 14 who wish to sail, kayak or paddle board without a parent on board.

Boats temporarily left on the beach must have their sails lowered so that the swinging booms will not cause injury to others. We must request that sails and boards not be left for long periods of time on the beach in front of cabanas.

All sailboats, wind surfers and their masts should enter the waterfront from the west end of the cabanas where the boat racks are located, not through the walkway entrance in the middle of the cabanas.

All boats shall be kept in the storage racks at the west end of the beach. The storage racks at the east end of the beach are reserved for use by the sailing program.


Rules for summer boat storage:

Fee for rack storage is $200.00, billed after registration

All boats stored at the Club must be registered with the office

 All registered boats will be issued a current year boat sticker

Boat sticker must be applied to boat, before placing in assigned rack

Rack number will be assigned by the office, boat must be kept in this rack only

No boat may be brought to the Club prior to registration & rack assignment by the office

All boats must be stored in racks, no boats are allowed on the beach/storage area grounds, or on trailers. The Club will provide dollys to move boats for member use.

Any boat without a current sticker will be removed from the boat racks

Boat storage is available from May 15 to September 30. After September 30, any boats left at the Club will be removed from the racks to the parking areas

There is no winter boat storage available at the Club


Moorings

Placement of moorings is regulated by and requires written permission from Darien Harbor Master, CT. Dept. of Environmental Protection and the Army Corp. of Engineers. The following Tokeneke Club Regulations are in addition to any requirements from the above regulatory agencies.

The number of spaces assigned in the vicinity of the Club for the seasonal mooring of boats by the Club and its members who are not residents of the cove are limited to 12.
No anchor for mooring purposes may be dropped in Tokeneke Club waters before being approved by the Board of Governors or the Club Manager.

Preference in assigning moorings will be for sailboats and boats over 21’0” will not be assigned moorings.

All moorings in the cove will be in assigned locations only, at least 25 yards from the normal, mean low tide shore line. Those father out will be at least 75 yards from shore. Smaller sailboats will be assigned closer in to shore and larger power boats farthest away from shore.


Operating rules applicable to all members:

Prohibit all boating in the cove before 8AM or after 10PM.

Prohibit power boat operations within the cove by anyone under the age of 17.

Other than in designated areas on Tokeneke Club property east of the jetty, boaters are not permitted to pick up or discharge passengers from any beach in the cove.

Require strict compliance with normal speed and safety standards applicable to a congested area which includes swimmers.

 
Boating Areas

All boats shall remain outside the swimming area enclosing the jetty and floats.

Boats are not permitted to dock at the swim floats or jetty.

Boats may not pick up or discharge passengers at the swimming floats or jetty.


No catamarans or power boats are allowed west of the jetty.

Boaters should watch carefully for swimmers when leaving or returning to shore.

Any member operating his boat or allowing his boat to be operated in the cove area must register the boat with the Club and sign an indemnification agreement in favor of the Club and other property owners around the cove covering any property damage or bodily injury arising from such boating activities.