Harbor FAQ

Q: What is this year’s harbor fee and what is covered by that fee?

A: The fee consists of two parts: $210 for a slip to locate your boat and $90 for the harbor key. In addition, there is a $100 fee for first time slip owners.

Q: Why do I need a harbor key?

A: The key is used to open the chains that allow you to launch your boat at Bayview or Chesney Bays. Harbor keys (also referred to as launch keys in some of our documentation) are $90.00 and are paid for on Harbor Registration Day. You must purchase a key in order to have a slip. If you fail to register on Harbor Registration Day, you can still get your key at any monthly board meeting.

However, if you prefer to visit our harbor masters at their homes, will be charged an additional $40 inconvenience fee.

Q: What is the cost for having a boat berthed at the Bayview Harbor?

A: The cost for a boat slip is $210 if you register on our Harbor Registration Day. If you are unable to attend the Harbor Registration Day, you may have to forfeit your slip unless prior arrangements have been made with the Harbor Master.  There will be an additional $40 handling/convenience fee for this.   Remember, though, to have a boat slip, you must also pay $90 for a harbor key.

Q: What is the purpose of the initiation fee, and how much is the fee?

A: The $100 initiation fee is put into the harbor funds.

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Q: How are these fees put to use?

A: The harbor program is self-supporting and the fees contribute to the cost of maintaining Bayview and Chesney Harbors. We have ongoing expenses to dredge and repair seawalls, to provide buoys and other markers, and to maintain the launches. Association dues do not pay for any expenses related to the harbors.

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Q: How do I get on the wait list for a boat slip? How long am I likely going to have to wait?

A: The wait time for a wait-lister varies considerably, but a typical wait is 1 year. To get on the wait list you must become a Harbor Member by purchasing a harbor key. And to remain on the wait list, you must continue to purchase a key each year you remain on the wait list.

Q: Does my boat have to pass a safety inspection? Who does this and when?

A: A safety inspection is recommended but not required. We arrange for a Coast Guard Auxillary team to come and check our vessels, and to make recommendations for changes, where applicable.  We encourage everyone to sign up for these free inspections. We will post the date for these inspections as soon as we lock it in.

Q: In the rules and regulations, there’s a statement that all piers must be constructed and maintained following the FLHPOA Pier Specifications. What are those specifications and where can I get a copy of them?

A: The specifications are available with your packets during Harbor Registration, and from here Pier Specifications and Requirements.

Q: I’m thinking of taking a boating safety class. Where do I go for more information about this?

A: The Illinois Department of Natural Resources provides information on this subject and much more. It would be worthwhile for everyone to spend some time on that site. In regards to safety classes, take a look at the info on the IL DNR site’s Boating Safety Education page.

Q: Who are the members of the Harbor Committee and what are their responsibilities?

A: The Harbor Committee is a standing committee of the association. They are a busy group of people! The committee consists of a Harbormaster for each bay, two or more Assistant Harbormasters, and any Board members who wish to participate. The Harbor Committee is responsible for the management of the Bayview Harbor, the boat launches at Bayview and Chesney Bays and the navigation of the waterways at both bays. Committee members also organize the annual registration process, carry out pier inspections, oversee the dredging efforts, and respond to a variety of issues that arise over the course of the year about the management of the harbor and bays. The Harbor Committee members’ names are provided on our Contact Page.

Q: Where do I get the form I need, and what do I need to do, in order to have my assigned slip go through the inspection process?

A: Before putting your boat in at your designated slip, the pier must go through a maintenance process and pass inspection. If you are not able to take on the responsibility of maintaining the pier, please do not register for a slip. When you register, you’ll receive an envelope containing a pier inspection form and your harbor key. After making repairs and painting,    your signed inspection form must be delivered or mailed to one of the Harbormasters. Upon receipt of the inspection form, the Harbor Committee will make every attempt to inspect your pier within 48 hours. Once the pier has passed inspection, you will be notified by phone.

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A: The boat registration form states that people who have slip assignments are required to participate in the Bayview Harbor Patrol. What does that entail?

A: Boat slip assignees are required – and key holders are encouraged – to participate in the patrol in order to keep our harbor safe and secure. The duties of the patrol people are not written in stone, but generally, they include walking around the piers, looking for problems such as untied boats, damaged piers, and so on. They also patrol the park area keeping their eyes open for any problems. The patrol’s presence is an important component of our effort to address problems as quickly as possible and to keep the area safe for everyone.

Q: I don’t plan on keeping my boat in the water. May I still use of the boat ramps? What are the procedures for their use?

A: All members of good standing have boat launch privileges as long as they provide the five documents listed at the top of this page. If all requirements are met, you may use a boat launch. Remember, however, you must purchase a key each year.

Q: I want to park my boat on my property. Are there any regulations about this?

A: The association has no regulations regarding the storage of a boat on personal property.