While volunteers at Alameda Community Sailing Center were getting their space ready for the recent Spring Sailing Camp at their Encinal Boat Ramp location, they saw the need to do something about all the weeds that have grown in the boat storage area.
The centuries-long Age of Sail met an abrupt end with the advent of the engine, the fuel for which has long been cheap, abundant, and, until recently, perceived as consequence-free. Diesel has since ruled the ocean and global shipping.
Recreational boatyards, or facilities that serve primarily vessels less than 65 feet in length, are an essential piece of the social and industrial ecosystem that supports recreational boating. Boatyards are also the most vulnerable link in that ecosystem.