Vinyl windows approved, new ipe decking for yacht club denied

by Cole Dittmer
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Staff photo by Joshua Curry 

The Carolina Yacht Club hopes to make improvements to a ramp at the entrance to the club.

Designated a historic structure by the town of Wrightsville Beach in 2005, the Carolina Yacht Club submitted an application to the Wrightsville Beach Historic Landmark Commission for a certificate of historical appropriateness for two alterations to the structure. 

The first proposed alteration on the second floor of the main clubhouse would replace three windows with a four-over-four vinyl grid pattern with six-over-six vinyl windows to match the rest of the structure. Kevin Smith, the yacht club’s site manager, said the structure’s vinyl windows were installed in 1992, prior to the historic designation. 

Since the windows were already vinyl and therefore not historic, the commission agreed that the change was appropriate. 

However, the commission did not approve the yacht club’s request to replace the pine decking with ipe on the ramp leading from the parking lot to the covered walkway on the south side of the main clubhouse. Smith said the yacht club’s board wanted to make the change to the more durable ipe wood in that specific section because the ramp is constantly used and exposed to the sun. 

Although Smith said the yacht club board was emphatic about not converting all of the club’s pine decking to ipe, members of the commission were concerned that it could happen. That concern, the drastically different color of the ipe to the rest of the club’s decks, and the fact that ipe was not a material commonly used until the late 1960s, compelled the commission to deny the request with a vote of 4-1. Commissioner Susan Snider was the only one in favor of permitting the use of ipe. 

A series of proposed repairs to the c. 1937 Keith-Jones Cottage was also approved for a certificate of historical appropriateness at the commission’s Nov. 19 meeting.

The repairs to the cottage at No. 6 Augusta St. include replacement of the white 3-tab asphalt roof shingles with silver birch fiberglass shingles; removal of the white asbestos shingles on the porch roof gables and the use of cedar shingles to match the rest of the house; painting the exterior wood trim, awnings, roof decks and second floor porch deck dark green to match the existing colors; and replacing the copper flashing. 

After the regular agenda, the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s southeast regional manager and coastal scientist, Tracy Skrabal, said International Chimney Corporation of Buffalo, N.Y., has been contracted to move the c. 1946 Palmgren-O’Quinn house from its current location at 115 S. Channel Drive to the lot next to the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History. 

International Chimney Corporation is the same contractor that moved the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in 1999. The NCCF plans to use the historically designated home for its southeastern headquarters and education center. 

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