Rules, Concerns, and Courtesies


Adopted by the MSC Board, October 12, 2016.

 Amended Sept 2019



  • Membership An adult age 21 and immediate family or two adults sharing a household and their dependent children.
  • Dues: Due March 15 of each year to allow budget planning and dock assignments.  Failure to pay on time will result in possible slip reassignment especially in case of waiting list.
  • Volunteer The club is run by volunteers. If you have a question, just ask. Members generally do not want to intrude but are very willing to provide assistance or advice on request. If they don’t know the answer, they can usually refer you to someone who does.  The clubhouse and facilities are here for the entire Membership. If you see something that needs to be done, feel free to pitch in and make the club a better place for everyone.
  • Grilling tools are kept in the first locker in the house lower level for club member’s use. Be sure to clean and put them away once you are finished. Grills should be kept secured in the storage building (garage/deck) adjacent to the clubhouse when not in use. After using a gas grill, be sure the gas cylinder is turned off before returning the grill to the outside storage building. After using a charcoal grill, remove ashes and be sure ashes and any unburned charcoal residue have been completely extinguished and properly disposed of before storing the grill. Propane gas cylinders for Club or personal grilling equipment must be stored in the outside storage building and never inside the clubhouse. Grilling on the docks or on boats tied to MSC docks is prohibited.
  • Dogs must be on a leash and under control at all times while on the club property. Dogs are not permitted in the clubhouse or the screened porch at any time.  Please remove waste left by pets.
  • Children should be supervised at all times and wear a PFD when near and around water.
  • First aid kits can be found in the clubhouse in the closet closest to the main door and in the dock house in the cabinet just inside the door on the left. E. D. added in 2019.
  • Lockers may be available in the lower level of the clubhouse and in the dock house. The rental fee is $5 per year.
  • Ice program is available for a fee for the season. Once you pay for the ice program, you are given the combination to the ice chest located in the lower level of the clubhouse.
  • Spigot and electrical outlets are located on the hill by the dry sailboat parking area, the Clubhouse basement entrance and the Shelter House These can be used for washing boats or filling water tanks. Members should bring their own hose and power washer.
  • Waste drain is located outside the lower level of the clubhouse for porta-potty disposal. Do not dispose of waste in the restrooms.   To help with pumping out waste from a holding tank mounted inside your boat, a barrel and pump are located in the dock house attached to a dolly. Request assistance from a board member who will steer you to the proper person to orientate you to the use of this equipment.
  • Alcoholic beverages The Muncie Sailing Club will never furnish alcoholic beverages.
  • Flagship is a directory of members. If you change your email address, or other information, send the revisions to the Secretary, Treasurer, and the Commodore.
  • Website is found at For the “Members Only” portion of the website, the Password is the 4-digit MSC door and lock Passcode which changes every season and is written on the back of your current Membership Card. Link the Gmail calendar for updated events to your calendar.
  • S.S.A. “United States Sailing Association”  Members can log into the web site using the membership number as your user name and password.  The number is located on your membership card.
  • Facebook and Instagram follow us on the community group and ask to join the closed group.
  • Shutterfly can be reached from a link on web site it also has our social calendar which can be downloaded and members may add events and photos which you may download for free or purchase from Shutterfly.  You must register and login to add tags and edit the calendar.
  • Guests of members are allowed only when the member is present. Adult (non-dependent) children of members are categorized as guests. Guests cannot bring their own boats without prior Board approval, and all applicable City fees must be paid. If approved, such a guest with a boat must adhere to the same rules as Transient MSC Guests. Members shall not share lock combination with guests.


Club House Dock house Docks, Slips Mooring and Club Boats

  • Clubhouse shelter and deck can be reserved for a member’s personal party. To reserve a space, if it is not already reserved, add it to the posted social calendar (on the bulletin board by the clubhouse restrooms),  include  your name and phone number, and what hours you will be using what part of the MSC property.   Club members are still allowed to use the facilities.   Clean up and lock up when finished.  The clubhouse is for all members use during the season so be sure and tidy up after use.
  • Dock House For social and harbormaster use. Must be kept clean and orderly not for storage of personal equipment unless approved by the Harbormaster.  All personal items shall be removed two weeks prior to Fall Dock Days.
  • Firepit for member and social use. Be sure and extinguish fires before leaving and clean up the area.
  • Fishing is not allowed from the docks, boat in slips, seawall or anywhere on Club property.
  • Parking Handicapped parking spaces are located near the dock house that may be used by vehicles with a handicapped tag/license plate.  Unattended parking in the beach launch area or the lower Dry sail Area is not allowed, except in the designated Handicapped Spaces. Loading and unloading is permitted but refrain from parking next to seawall or lighthouse. Vehicles should then be immediately removed to the upper parking areas.  Passengers with difficulty walking from the parking area may be dropped off at the docks and then the car should be removed to the upper parking area.
  • Empty Boat Trailers remove within one week from club parking lot or dry sail area. If your boat is in a slip, on the beach, on a dolly or at the Hobie shack area please remove your trailer.
  • Boats with trailers during the season you may park on the upper parking area for a limited time. Obtain permission from the Mooring Committee if making repairs or on vacation.
  • Padlocks scramble immediately after opening the lock. Scrambling after opening a lock reduces the probability of outsiders learning the lock combinations.
  • Docks are labeled in alphabetical order starting with A. dock being closest to the road. A, B, and C docks are for boats with in-water slip assignments.   D dock is primarily for day sailors. It serves for loading, boarding and prepping these boats. Members whose boats are in A/B/C dock slips may briefly use D dock for boarding purposes.
  • E and F docks the two docks on either side of the launch ramp can be used launching, loading, unloading, or restroom breaks. Boats should remain there only for short periods of time.
  • Launching areas include Hobie Shack area, Ramp, Beach, or Hoist with D. dock. Use of docks with paid slips to launch small craft is forbidden due to the safety issue of sailing vessels having limited sight.
  • Never board another member’s boat without permission unless boats or docks are in danger of being damaged. If you have to board another member’s boat, notify the boat owner as soon as possible and explain the situation.
  • Powerboats other than the Club boats are not allowed at the docks. Launching of powerboats, even by Club members, is not permitted from the Club ramp.
  • Mooring allowed after the docks have been installed and the Mooring Committee has issued the dock assignments. However, use extreme caution if planning an early boat launch. Spring storms can be very destructive. It is recommended to wait until May before considering a launch.
  • Dry sail mooring boats with trailers: Trailer supports the bow and stern. Trailer is secured to tie downs and boat is tied to trailer. (High winds can remove boat from trailer be sure to secure front and back of boat to trailer.
  • Mooring for A B and C Dock use minimum 3/8 inch double twisted nylon dock line. ½ inch for over 3500 lb displacement. All mooring lines and gear should be checked for chafe and fatigue.
  • Improperly moored boats Owners will be held responsible for damage to other member’s boats.

A and C Dock Boat mooring tie up:

                  Bow to Wind                                       Stern to Wind

  • Tip: A third line on stern in bow to wind is extra insurance against getting into poles or neighbors boat.
  • Stern to Wind four lines cross tied on stern. This will keep your boat from moving into your neighbor’s boat.

B Dock Finger Dock tie up:

Dock  Mooring Assignment rules

  • Mooring Committee Harbormaster, Commodore and Treasurer
  • Mooring space at the Club is limited. The following set of rules assures fair distribution of the available space.
  • Club and city fees must be paid to the Club on or before March 15th to receive a mooring assignment. Mooring spaces may be reserved for one month following the due date by special arrangement with the mooring assignment chairman. (the Harbormaster) If fees are not paid by the agreed upon date, the mooring space will be forfeited and reassigned. Boats not in assigned slip by July 15th the slip can be reassigned. You may hold your slip position for one year by contacting in writing the Mooring Committee.

In-Water Slip Assignments

  • Mooring Committee Harbormaster, Commodore and Treasurer
  • Dock and Buoy Mooring Assignment (DBMA) policy can be found in the Muncie Sailing Club Handbook. The following is a digest of the policy as it pertains to in-water slips. The final authority is the policy in the Handbook.(members section)
  • In-water slip assignments are made in the following order, based on continuous club seniority:
  1. To members assigned an in-water slip the prior year who requested a year off see the (DBMA policy in Handbook).
  2. To members who did not have an in-water slip the prior year, by seniority if more than one request
  3. To new members residing within Delaware, Blackford, Jay, Grant, Randolph, Henry, Wayne or Madison County, by order of acceptance of membership application.
  4. To new members residing elsewhere, by order of acceptance of membership application.
  • Requests to change slips will be processed by member seniority. A member cannot bump another member. The particular mix of boats for the season may necessitate a change for the overall safety of the boats and dock system.
  • Dock assignment committee has the authority to request such changes and will contact the member to explain the reason. The member may appeal the change or choose from available options.

Member Boat & property rules

  • Boats moored at the docks shall not exceed 27 ft. L.O.A., 9 ft. 4 in. beam and 5000 lb. displacement. Any exception to these specifications requires prior Board approval. Boats assigned a slip must be in by July 15 or the space is forfeited, unless the Harbormaster has given permission for a later launching.
  • Three days prior to Fall Dock Days all boats, lines, padding, and bumpers must be removed from slips and from the lower dry sail area. All boats must be removed from MSC property two days prior to Fall Dock Days.  Failure to comply with this requirement shall result in removal of your boat at the discretion of the MSC Board of Directors.

Summary of  Fees & Fines and Dock Day Credit

(City fees not included)

FEES       Subject to change check website application for current fees

  • $170 New Member Fee
  • $295 Annual Membership – Due March 15 for renewing members
  • $00 Late fee for membership renewals removed as of Sept 16th 2019
  • $59 Fall Membership – available after Labor Day
  • $5  Annual Locker Fee
  • $25 Annual Ice Program membership
  • $300 B-Dock  Slip Fee – first 3 years (See “B-Dock” Fee below – Due March 15th)
  • $7.50 Daily fee for Transient Guests (days 2 to 14) (See “Transient Guest Procedures”) $25 Go Hoist annual use (new 2019)


  • $25 Materials not removed in a timely manner (See “Member Boat & Property Rules”)
  • $20 Weekly fine for boats or trailers left on the property after seven days without making arrangements with Mooring Committee.

B-Dock Fee and Dock Day Credits and Dates

  • B-Dock is for those who opt to be on “B-Dock” they must pay a $300 slip fee each year for the first three years they have a slip on the dock. This fee is due March 15th along with your membership and city fees. After paying a total of $900 a member does not need to pay an additional B-Dock fee for the right to a slip on B dock. (This is to help recover part of the cost of being able to offer an upgrade to members wanting a finger dock system.)
  • This fee is a per membership fee, not a per slip fee. All members who opt for a slip on “B-Dock” at any time in the future are subject to the same series of three $300 payments. This fee is in addition to club and city fees which are due March 15.
  • Dock Day Credits and dates are published on the club website calendar and in the Flagship directory.
  • Club and City fees must be paid to the club on or before March 15th to receive a mooring assignment.
  • Mooring Space not transferable
  • Reserve by Special arrangement mooring space for one month following the due date with the mooring assignment chairman (Harbormaster). If fees are not paid by the agreed upon date, the mooring space will be forfeited and reassigned.

Care and use of MSC Club Boats  and Recreational Boats

  • MSC-Work boats the picket boat is available for emergencies and for setting up slips and removing lines from stern poles at the end of the season. The pontoon boat is also used for Regattas and Social events on the water. Leave the boat properly secured after use.  The key for this boat is hanging above the workbench in the dock house; please return the key to this location after use.  Care for the picket boat and pontoon boat as you would your own; these boats are not for recreational use. They have starting instructions requiring warm up of motor for five minutes.
  •  Recreational boats Adult Members only may check out club boats each person needs to read waiver of liability first time use each year. Waiver located on clipboard in cabinet in dock house with logbook attached.
  • MSC sailboats are available for members only. Maintenance and repairs for the boats are done by volunteers.  Care for them as you would your own.
  • Logbook please record Name and date of use of boats and any difficulties experienced. A waiver is considered signed when you record use in logbook.
  • PFD members are required to wear Life Vest when using club boats.
  • Check for water by tilting boat before placing plug.
  • Drain Boat before using and inserting plugs which are stored in sail bag. After use rinse inside bottom of the hull if dirty with water remove plugs drain boat and place plugs in sail bag.
  • Club boats must be properly rigged before use and properly de-rigged after use. New skippers who are unsure of proper rigging and de-rigging procedure should request assistance from a more experienced skipper.

Switching equipment or rigging among club boats or between a club boat and a private boat is not permitted. A club sailboat is properly de-rigged and secured when:

The trailer supports the bow and stern. Trailer is secured to tie downs and boat tied to trailer.

  • Buoyancy tank vents/drains are left open plugs placed in sail bag
  • Boom, bailer, and paddle are left on board.
  • Sunfish and Sailboard the boom, mast, and sail are stored in the proper location in dock house.
  • Mainsail and jib are folded to club specifications and stowed in the proper sail bag. Place all plugs in sail bag after use.
  • Sail bag, rudder/tiller, daggerboard and life jackets/PFDs are put away in the dock house in their proper location.
  • Defects should be reported in the Boat use and maintenance logbook. ( Logbook on clipboard in Dock House) Skippers are expected to carry out minor repairs whenever the need is found.
  • Damage to club boats or loss of equipment must be reported in the boat maintenance logbook. Damage or equipment loss that is serious enough to prevent a club boat from being used must be reported to Boats and Motors Board member as soon as possible. The skipper should complete an Incident Report in the Boat Use logbook.
  • Launching Club boats require different launch areas.
  • Beach Sunfish Sailboards and members small tenders are welcome to use the beach west of the Lighthouse. The drive next to the Lighthouse is intended for loading and unloading purposes, Remove vehicles to parking area after launching on ramp or beach.
  • Ramp Best to launch Club DS and members cruisers. Use vehicles with hitch. Extension for Keelboats is available to use near ramp. Observe ramp courtesy rig boats elsewhere. Members help members rig their boats just ask?
  • Hoist Alcort Puffer has a hoisting strap use the hoist with D dock. Or may be launched at ramp.


  • Transient guest is an individual (or individuals) temporarily in the Muncie Sailing Club area with a sailboat that they want to park at and launch from the Club facilities for personal recreational purposes. In order to promote sailing and to meet the reciprocal access expectations of U.S.S.A. The Muncie Sailing Club will host transient guests. Such guests must show respect for the club facilities and not interfere with access by Club members.
  •  Transient Guest Procedures. Board officers, Harbormaster, and Assistant Harbormaster have the authority to approve transient guests and should make arrangements for payment of fees to the Treasurer.  There is no charge for the first two days. Additional days, up to the 14 day maximum, require payment of a daily fee of $7.50.
  • City fees Transient guests are responsible for contacting the City Parks office and paying the required City fees. The Park office is located at the Public Ramp.
  • Transient guests must submit an Application for Membership form with only the top section completed with their contact information. Including receipt for city fees. The dates for guest status should be noted on the form. If a Transient Guest wishes to utilize club facilities beyond 14 days per season, s/he must apply for MSC membership and pay the new-member fee, dues, and appropriate City fees.  All club rules apply.

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