The Works Area Policy and Information Sheet is provided to assist you during your period of work in the Fremantle Sailing Club Works Area. If you have any queries, please speak to any of the Works Team and they will do their best to help you.
Vessel Owners are responsible for the conduct of all tradesmen working on their vessels. It is the responsibility of vessel owners to arrange appropriate access and to provide guidance to their tradesmen on the activities permitted in various areas of the Club. Please ensure that tradesmen have access keys, parking permits and observe Club rules and etiquette.
As a private members’ Club, tradesmen only have authority to be on the Club premises at the invitation of a member to work on their vessel or if contracted by Fremantle Sailing Club for official Club tasks. It is expected that while working on the Club grounds that both Club members and their tradesmen will take full care and responsibility to ensure that their work practices do not cause damage to the Club, its property, or the property of any other person.
Members and tradesmen are advised that the hardstand area is a designated work environment. Parking of vehicles in the works area is at your own risk. The Club will not be held responsible for any damage whatsoever that may result to your vehicle whilst on the Club grounds. When parking your vehicle in the works area please be aware that the vessel lift cranes and the BHB crane need access to any bay at any time, so please park behind the white lines and be available to move the vehicle when requested. A locked car with no driver around can delay the operations of the yard for some time. When driving on Club grounds please drive carefully and in accordance with speed limit 20 k/hr.
Operating hours are Monday to Friday 7.30am - 4.30pm. Other days and times by special arrangement only. The normal liftout times are 8am, 9:30am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, with larger vessels in the mornings. During the busy season (July to December), the yard waiting list can be up to three weeks, so book early. Hull inspections are also by appointment.
Please have 4 x mooring lines at least 10 metres in length ready to throw to the staff when instructed. Make sure they are cleated to the boat. The boatlift operator will signal by waving for you to enter the lifter bay. Proceed slowly and stop adjacent to the catwalks. Throw the stern lines first and the staff will walk the vessel into the bay. This prevents the slings twisting underwater from the propeller wash.
The Club Staff can take no responsibility for the position of the slings during the lift. The boatlift operator will not lift until the vessel skipper, owner or the owners representative has given the go-ahead. Please ask the staff for the sling marking stickers available at no cost from the Works Office or the Harbourmaster. Affix these to the sides of your vessel immediately below the gunwale to indicate the correct lifting points. Example
Larger boats that weigh over 25 tonnes, especially lightweight hulls of foam sandwich construction, will be lifted with 3 or 4 slings to distribute the load better. Please advise the staff of the construction of the hull or any under water equipment e.g. sonar, speed impellers.
Yachts with an increased rise in the keel towards the bow, e.g. S&S 34's, need to tie the front sling back to a winch. Staff will assist and advise the correct tension. Example. Propping and Cradles Yachts up to 12 metres have a choice of a small prop cradle (supported below the waterline) or an arm cradle (supported above the waterline). Yachts above 12 metres go into large prop cradles. Powerboats are supported by steel stands and props. Please advise the staff if the hull is of foam sandwich construction or if the keel is hollow, as this will affect the number of stands required. Aft mounted engines with V-drive gearboxes need extra support under the transom. Never remove or adjust props or cradles - ask the staff for assistance.
Special Requests for Propping
Please advise the Works Staff of any work requirements you are undertaking that may affect the propping of the vessel, e.g., shafts to come out, rudder to come out, engines to be removed, or work to be done on the hull or keel. This information will affect the way the vessel is propped or which cradle is used.
Working on Boats
We will automatically wash your vessel in the designated area unless you instruct us not to. Even though the pressure is around 3000psi and 0.5 litres /sec, it may not remove barnacles or hard coral. You will be charged a wash fee.
The cleaning of aluminium vessels with hydrofluoric acid is restricted to Government licensed operators. Permission must be sought from the Operations Manager prior to commencement. It is illegal to use aluminium cleaners in the yard. Sanding and Grinding Sanding and grinding may spread dust over a wide area. To avoid costly cleanups of other boats and cars, use screening, be cautious on windy days, or stop work. Grinding steel boats is banned outside of sheds.
Approval of the Operations Manager is required prior to any spray painting. Full repaint of vessels or any spray painting work is only to be done in the work sheds. Screens are to be used for airless spraying of anti-foul. Overspray from painting can travel long distances, even out of the yard, so to avoid having to pay for damage to other boats and cars, use the spray screens and only paint when the wind conditions are at acceptable levels. Painting contractors are liable for any damage that occurs to the property of third parties both inside and outside the Club premises. Waste from airless spray guns is not to be over-sprayed on bins, cradles, walls, or similar. Signs are to be clearly displayed when conducting any spray painting operations. Signs to read “Caution – Spray Painting In Progress”.
Sand Blasting All sandblasting is to be done by qualified persons using equipment and materials that conform with the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 and relevant Australian Standards. All blasting must be carried out in the designated work shed. Sandblasting on the hard is not permitted. Wet blasting only.
Waste Oil Waste oil is to be deposited into the waste oil tanks located next to the Service Jetty in the Works Area. Oil filters must be placed in bins provided. It is illegal to discard waste oil products in rubbish bins. Only empty oil containers may be deposited in the rubbish bins.
Solvents & Paint Solvents and paint are to be disposed of in the designated waste solvent tank located next to the waste oil tank near the Service Jetty. No waste solvent or paint is to be discarded into waste oil tanks or rubbish bins. It is illegal to dump any chemical waste in bins. Batteries Discarded batteries are to be placed next to the waste oil tank on the pallet provided. It is illegal to dump batteries anywhere other than the designated area. Rubbish Vessel owners and tradesmen are responsible for keeping the work bay clean. A bin is provided for each bay and is emptied regularly. Cardboard boxes are to be crushed/flattened. Vessels will not be lifted until the bay is cleaned.
The BHB 6 tonne crane is available for hire. Please try and book in advance as it is difficult to program times during the busy season. For mast jobs, a yacht rigger or competent person is required to climb the mast. Contact the Works Office for names of riggers.
The priority for access steps is given to yachts. There are work platforms available but you may need to share or hire your own from suppliers outside the Club.
All tradesmen operating on Fremantle Sailing Club grounds are to hold Third Party Public Liability Cover to a minimum value of $10m. If you need any other information or assistance, please ask the Works Area staff and they will be happy to help.
Bruce Wallis General Manager