OSSINING, N.Y. -- Boaters will soon have deepwater slips at Shattemuc Yacht Club and find its dilapidated barges replaced with a high-tech wave attenuation system after the club received a $539,500 grant from the federal government.
Founded in 1888, the club recently announced that it has begun the first phase of construction for a series of deepwater marina upgrades. Working in conjunction with local, state and federal officials, the club developed a two-phase program that will add 48 transient slips and moorings in the first phase.
The second phase will add 18 deepwater slips for the club’s use. The transient facilities will accommodate boats up to 60 feet with drafts of up to 7.5 feet at low water. Work will be completed in time for the start of the 2017 boating season.
“Through the Federal Boating Infrastructure Grant programs, we were awarded a $593,501 grant to support Phase 1 of our project to expand and modernize our facility to provide a place where transient boats can safely dock for an extended period of time and to promote recreational boating on the Hudson River," said David Westcott, commodore of Shattemuc. “The real key was getting our members to support the project with their time and money. It took us almost 4 1/2 years from the time we created the concept to when we finalized the grant. We were also required to match the grant with club provided funding.“
The club could have built a more traditional breakwater and dock system but chose to move into the future, instead of installing a traditional, wall of pressure-treated pilings and bulk heading, said Vice Commodore Pat Yost, who initiated the project.
“We chose to install a state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly wave-attenuating system. This system, originally designed in Finland, is used extensively in Europe," Yost said.
The system is based on a series of massive floating concrete docks that break up waves, providing a calm marina for transient boats, while allowing for the free passage of fish and other marine life, and clear sightlines to the Palisades across the river.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to welcome more boaters to Ossining's glorious waterfront. Kudos to the leaders at Shattemuc for their dedication and vision to lead this effort," said Ossining Mayor Victoria Gearity.