What’s more important than our boat besides a great place to keep them? This we have at the NYC! And what was missing? Right again – a good sound system which will help provide Public Announcements for Launch and Haulout. It will also provide a nice ambiance whenever there is an event, regatta or social function (inside and/or out). Not to mention when it is needed for the many times the Chart Room hosts a conference, business meeting or one of our educational courses. A High Fidelity Dream It all began a few years back when John Waddell held the VC Land Operations position. We had almost the same dream. John, also a visionary, and I got chatting one day and we discussed everything that was needed for the clubhouse, inside and out. I was focused on the sound and music and so was John but he was focused on even more. He saw a working bar downstairs with two gi-normous, high-quality TVs and a great sound system. We did the Vulcan “mind meld” and we reviewed what needed to be done. We concurred on the many aspects, costs, locations, quality levels, placements, speaker sizes and options, satellite reception considerations, infrastructure, accessibility, ease of use, and what we wanted the end results to be. Now by some weird coincidence, just up Bathurst Street were Kromer Radio who advised that they were going out of business (there is a God!). Just like an eagle that spots a mouse from 20,000 feet we pounced on this opportunity. This was a great time to get the equipment we needed and quality equipment at that. It was less than half price, bought locally and supports our business neighbours. Everyone wins! Thank you to EVERYONE that helped.
- There were many others that were also involved and helpful by contributing along the road to perdition big time, and I wish to say a super special thanks to them all:
- Denys Jones for his blessings and getting the cabinet re-done up at his business to accommodate the PA and stereo equipment needed.
- Linda Morley who took over where John Waddell left off on this project giving me the okay to “git ‘er dun” and get the rest of the equipment needed without scrimping on quality and focusing also on what would work best – which I did and again at 1/3 the normal cost (“vee have our vays”)
- Tom Wood for his technical expertise and recommendations regarding the techy side of this project.
- Don Hyslop, Marc Decorte and Ed Konzelman (amongst some others) that helped install it all, put it away for the winter, then reinstall it for the season – quite a big job actually.
- And Sam was always accommodating and helpful along the way with testing, idea suggesting, information and logistics.
- Even good ‘ole Walter for letting us drill through the walls where we needed to, and for providing suggestions and infrastructure assistance, helping this project along. (hey Walter! It’s finally finished!!! Thanks!)