Hi The water level is about 8 inches below the pavement, but whatever the level we have a battery operated, remote controlled boat hoist. Sit you model on the cradle and use the controls to swing it out and lower it down into the water. Scroll down our Facebook page to see it in action... https://www.facebook.com/colwynbaymodelboatclub?ref=hl
Our club provides 2 types of Public Liability insurance combined in one policy. First it insures the "club and it's officers" as an entity and additionally each member is personally insured for (a) " modelling activities of every kind within the E.U. " and "member to member accidental damage to models " The club should provide you with all these details at each membership renewal.
It is not used for model boats, not even when our club does static displays at events there. It is filled with sea water and the salts cause a few problems. It is also used by jetskis, powerboats towing skiers, canoes and windsurfers. None of whom are noted for their slow careful navigation. There are plenty of other far better places to sail models in north Wales.
Our weed control is multi-layered. Our lake is kept filled by ground water from the surrounding hills, it enters the lake through a specially created reedbed that is being allowed to develop naturally. The habit captures the silt from the ground water and the new habitat feeds on the incoming nutrients which reduces the ability of weeds to grow. The lake itself is protected by high TEC ultrasonics which destroys algae etc at cell level as it forms. Of course the swans and ducks eat any weed that gets past all the other defences. Thanks for suggesting grass carp, that's now first reserve!
The dinosaurs went a good few years ago and we have just scrapped the remaining paddle boats. No Regatta this year, our old lake may be empty by then and our licence for the new lake is still a work in progress. This year is all about completing the move and settling in.
Today we started the ground work for our move to Llyn Eirias. The first two of 8 purpose built benches were concreted in place with the rest following as soon as possible. In the background is our centrally heated clubhouse, complete with full kitchen facilities and toilets. As you would hope, it is all disabled friendly. We are also working hard to fit out the lakeside boathouse with storage racks and a workshop. It is a huge improvement on the facilities we had at the old lake with it's open sided shelter and a small toilet once used by the gardener.
Access is good, club members can park at the lakeside , others must use the public car park about 75 metres away. The lake is open to everyone 7 days a week. Unless you have access to the clubhouse, you will need a second boat to rescue your model if it breaks down. Members have use of the clubhouse which has toilets and a kitchen, public use the leisure centre about 200 metres away. We meet every Sunday morning in winter
At present we are able to sail at both the existing lake and the lake that we have restored in Eirias Park. The old lake will close some time in the year. The photo shows our old lake on the left and our new, much larger, lake on the right
The 2017 Mayor's Cup Regatta that was due to be held on 23rd July at Colwyn Bay has had to be cancelled and may not return in future years. We are in the process of moving to our new lake and we are yet to install all the facilities there. There is also the small matter of obtaining the necessary Licence, plus H&S and Insurance approvals to hold large events there. Thank you to all the clubs, traders and individuals whose support over the years made it all possible.
The Model Slipway kits make excellent models and are easily built with excellent step-by-step instructions. Great value and ideal for an average model builder. Speedline kits are an entirely different species. You can build exhibition standard models with all the features fully working and are good value for the quality of the parts etc. However, Speedline kits require high building skills and the ability to look at a collection of parts and assemble them without detailed instructions. I have built both Tamar kits and enjoyed the build and the challenges they each present. You know your own skill level and from that choose the kit for you. Remember there are other excellent kit manufacturers too.