Monday April 22, 2013

Ready for Action!
Robert B. Our company has put the last piling of our dock network in place and thanks to Bob LeBlanc we have installed all new chains on the docks, re-lagged the cleats and put on new fender bumpers. Len Kalbach has re-hooked all the power back to the service and we are ready to go. Jay and our yard crew have been busy launching the first boats of the season and as the weather gets warmer our thoughts are quickly turning to summer fun and fishing. Speaking of fishing, Craig has set the date of this year’s fishing derby and BBQ. It will be held on Saturday July 6th. More details to follow.
The dock complex was fully back in place in plenty of time for us to meet our first launch dates and hopefully with good weather ahead for the spring we’ll continue to be on time for requested launches.

Dredging Update

We are pleased to announce that the dredging of the harbor was successfully completed in early March. The average depth throughout the entire harbor is now around seven feet at low tide.
The outer entrance channel (outside of the jetties) was dredged in the early fall prior to the project beginning and will continue to be maintained by the town using the Barnstable County dredge. The entrance channel inside of the jetties was not dredged as part of the project, but the town has said that it will be done sometime in the near future.
The reassembly of our docks was started last week and we can already see that the depth around both sides of the fuel dock has increased greatly. We are replacing most of our pilings with new 40’ “hurricane pilings” that will improve the overall appearance of the marina as well as provide an added measure of safety in the event of a significant storm surge like what was seen with Hurricane Sandy. As you can imagine, putting the marina back together is quite involved. We have all of the water and electrical lines to re-connect along with the long list of general repairs that we are faced with this time of year. This process will continue for the next few weeks.

March 5, 2013

Ren was excited today when Captain Ted stopped by to say hi and introduce him to Craig Burnham owner of Burnham Associates responsible for the dredge project.

It’s over, it’s over!

The long dredging project in Allen Harbor is finally complete. Captain Ted Augustine reported that the recent survey came back “all 7’s” which means the harbor now has 7’ of water at low tide.

On Friday Ren, Craig and the employees of Allen Harbor Marine Service put on a finishing off luncheon for the dredge Captain and the Crew. We presented the Skipper and his crew with embroidered sweatshirts with a sew out of the dredge and the project information. Additionally Captain Ted was presented with an autographed copy of Bill Quinn’s book titled Shipwrecks Around Cape Cod.

The whole crew of the dredge have been excellent to work with over the past 6 months and have kept a smile on their face as they faced various delays and hardships.

After lunch all the Allen Harbor Marine Service employees got a first-hand tour of the dredge and learned a lot of what this enormous piece of equipment can do.

Next step for us is to have the Robert B. Our Company come on scene to begin driving pilings and putting out docks and slips back in place. This is expected about March 15th. We will be up and ready to launch come the 1st of April with no worries of getting in and out of the harbor with the tide.

Friday March 1, 2013

This week the Allen Harbor dredging project passed another hurdle with the actual dredging being completed.
The last scow will be filled on the tide of Saturday as the dredge company was granted a short extension of the permit. The dredging survey has been completed showing a 7’ depth in the mooring field and in the area of the Yacht Club and Allen Harbor Marine docks.
Around the middle of March the Robert B. Our Company will arrive to begin replacing the pilings and repositioning the docks for Allen Harbor Marine. This part of the project will be completed well in advance of the April 1st start of the boating season. Our docks have spent the last month or so anchored up in the Oyster Creek and have come out unscathed after two storms with winds in excess of 50mph.
Many thanks go out to Captain Ted Augustine and his crew. They were fantastic to work with and did an extremely good job.
More on the dredging project wrap up coming soon.

Dredge update February 15, 2013

51 scow loads have left the harbor and there are approximately 11 more scow loads to finish the harbor. Allen Harbor Marine Service is all done subject to a final depth survey. The center of the harbor heading south into the mooring field is what is left to do. The county dredge has completed the extreme southern and western sections of the mooring field. No winter flounder have been observed by the underwater video monitoring system. The contractor is hoping to be finished by the end of the month or soon thereafter. Allen Harbor Marine is anticipating have their docks re-assembled by late March. It is nice to be moving in to the final stages of the dredge project. I think everyone is breathing a little easier.

January 29, 2013, two dredges, no waiting!

We may have stopped the flounder from spawning but this week the dredge Samson spawned a smaller dredge “The Codfish” owned by Barnstable County to work on the mooring field. Captain Steve and his crew have started pumping mud from the mooring field up into the dyke built at Pleasant Road Beach where it will de-water and eventually be mixed with the sand from the dyke and hauled off to the town landfill.

The big dredge Samson has completed 42 scow loads and has approximately 25 left to go to complete the project. It is now working in our main dock area and the bulkhead where we launch boats. During the next couple of weeks they expect to move into the area of our middle dock and then on to our gas dock area. Once completed a survey will be done to determine any high spots which would them be removed. Then our dock system can be floated back from up the creek and put back into place with the pilings being driven in by the Robert B. Our Company. The Yacht Club slips and pilings are back in place and that phase of the job is nearly complete.

Next comes a new twist. Do you believe video surveillance of possible Winter Flounder swimming in the harbor? Underwater cameras and Marine Biologist divers will be used for this purpose, to monitor any Flounder that may try to sneak in past the netting. Maybe we can get some video on the Nightly News of the possible encroachment of Winter Flounder. Stay tuned!

Captain Ted of the dredge Samson tells us that most likely we will not see a third scow as negotiations to buy/purchase a scow have collapsed, but progress is continuing with two scows leaving Allen Harbor en route to the dumping ground today. The weather has not cooperated as the temperatures have been in the teens or lower with ice on the harbor and high winds, but the project continues on by a dedicated crew.

January 23, 2013, dredge Samson finally arrives at Allen Harbor Marine area.

Another angle

Dyke at Pleasant Road Beach

Calm but cold.

Captain Ted of the dredge Samson has been in to report to us that he is ready to continue dredging the Allen Harbor Marine portion of the dredge project. He has started at our main dock area and is working west toward the gas dock area. Craig LeBlanc and Brandon Small have moved our docks en mass up in to the creek with the help of the dredge crew. The Yacht Club docks have been floated back in to place and the pilings are being driven to anchor them. If you notice the bright yellow boom going across the harbor don’t worry, it is not an oil spill, it is merely a netting arrangement to keep the winter flounder which are spawning out of the area being dredged. This netting was mandated as part of the okay for our extension of the permit to continue dredging until February 28th. This netting cost the town upwards of $30,000.00 to buy to satisfy the division of Marine Fisheries. We hope the Flounder appreciate it. The county dredge “Codfish” has completed the dredging of the Herring River and built the dykes to hold the spoil from Allen Harbor on the Pleasant Road Beach. The dredge is expected to begin work on the mooring field late this week. They will pump some 10,000 cubic yards into the dykes at the beach which will then be de-watered and eventually hauled away to the old town dump. The large dredge Samson has estimated about 17 more scows to remove the mud from the Allen Harbor Marine portion and they are in hopes of putting a 3rd scow in operation by next week which will speed up the dredging as they can be filling one scow as on travels to the dump site and one travels back from the dump site.

January 10, 2013 let the dredging continue!

Finally a bit of good news to report on the dredging. Steve Root of the Harwich Waterways Committee stopped by today to brief us on some good news as far as the dredging operations go. On December 31, 2012 we made application to waive the January 15th stop date on the Allen Harbor dredging. Support from all parties, The Town, Allen Harbor Marine and Allen Harbor Yacht Club proved sufficient to get a waiver to allow us to continue the dredging until at least February 28, 2013 which should allow us plenty of time to complete the project.

Presently the county dredge “Codfish” is working in the Herring River and putting the spoil in the form of a dyke at the Pleasant Road Beach in West Harwich. A similar dyke will be made at Earle Road Beach and the county dredge will move to the mooring field portion of Allen Harbor and dredge up to put the spoil within these dykes. Meanwhile Burnham Associates with the large dredge will continue bucket by bucket to get close to Allen Harbor Marine. Presently they are still using two scows, but may have the option of a third scow late in January, but this is not certain as the project it is on now is not complete.

The water temperature remains quite warm for this time of year so the Fluke have not started to spawn yet. Part of the condition is a method to gauge whether or not any Flounder are entering the harbor. Typically they do not spawn until the temperature of the water reaches 33 degrees. The water temperature is still now in the 40’s.

Monday January 7, 2013

Allen Harbor Yacht Club passed the survey with the exception of two humps which will be removed this week. Then the dredging towards Allen harbor Marine should be about to begin. Craig and Brandon have moved some of our docks over to near the Yacht Club area to get them out of the way of the county dredge. The dredge “Codfish” however is broken down and parts are expected this week which leaves very little time to build the dikes at Pleasant Road Beach with sand from the Herring River and then get in to the Allen Harbor mooring field. Whether the county dredge project gets under way depends largely on getting an extension of the dredge permit for all of Allen Harbor for a period of time. Our water temperature is still relatively warm and this week promises more warm weather so hopefully the regulating authorities will grant us this extension. There is a new dredge meeting to be held on Wednesday and we will have more to report on the progress and expectations of the continuation of the dredging.