Lift-in 2024

Lift-in will take place on Saturday May 25 starting at 7:00 sharp for those people volunteering for the lift-in. A pre-job briefing will be held prior to work starting. First boats will be going into the water at 8:00.

This year I propose that volunteers will not get club hours for lift-in but rather will not have club hours included in their lift-in bill. Hours worked at lift-in will not go towards the maximum hours. Members will be able to get club hours for other activities. This is subject to executive approval.

We will have 2 cranes from Stratford Crane Rentals as usual.

Volunteers will be required for:

    • lift captain x 2
    • Slings x 8
    • tag lines x 4
    • parking lot dock x 4
    • hydraulic trailerĀ  x 3
    • safety officer
    • truck and driver x 4 for cradle moving. Stay tuned for date
    • cradle moving helper x 4
    • lift timer x 2

You can volunteer by emailing me at Please include your name, boat name (or boat that you are working for) and if you are available to work all day. If you have special needs for your boat, such as not being lifted in or being moved away by trailer please let me know asap. I will post the list of volunteers here by first name and last initial or nickname as the positions are filled.

Food will be looked after by our social committee chair Christie.

I’m looking forward to working with you all again and your comments.

Jim Coffin – Lift-in committee chair.

See the link on the main page for list of volunteers to date

Marina Update

Greetings all, marina opening activities are going well and see below points with much more to do:

Water is on to our washrooms

Office is cleaned up

amp has been cleared of sand and new walkway to floating docks installed

Longer ramps are in the grass area and will be installed on B & C dock shortly after lift in. I am not sure when they were last used but the decking is rotten and I will fix them soon.

Diesel sales are going well and Cottrils will be buying the last 300 litres early next week.

We have 4 people prepared to help lower A dock the weekend before lift in and looking for 4 more helpers

Piling for the new fuel dock is now on the ground and will be thumped in by dredging contractor

Pre job meeting for dredging is on 11 April.



Lift-in will take place on Saturday, May 25. This will be dependent on the dredging activities.

A committee to review our lift process is being formed. The committee will also be organizing the lifts.

Currently we are bringing in 2 cranes to lift about 60 boats. Each crane costs about $600 per hour (including the time to drive to and from Stratford), plus the cost of the lift crew. Last fall we lifted about 50 boats into the parking lot and 7 boats onto the north wall. It doesn’t take long to lift a boat from the water to their cradle usually 5 to 10 minutes. Each time we move a crane, the move takes 20 to 30 minutes. On the north wall, we need to move the crane for almost every boat. In the parking lot, the crane makes 2 moves.

Several years ago we successfully came up with a plan to optimize the lifts in the parking lot. With the purchase of the hydraulic trailer, we can move boats under 15,000 pounds further into the parking lot than the crane can reach. This will allow us to shorten lift time for many boats, because the lift is faster if the crane doesn’t have to reach as far. It will also give us room at the harbor side of the parking lot for some heavier boats. Possibly we could to lift all the boats onto the parking lot. The limitation is the ability to lift some of the heavier boats (4 to 6 boats) from the water, over the grass and onto the parking lot. That may or may not be possible, but the mandate of the committee is to see if it can be done safely.

We may still need 2 cranes, but if we can finish the day a few hours earlier, there would be crane savings.

We will have 2 cranes this spring for lift-in. One challenge will be to lift Chimera from the parking lot to the water. It is one of the heavier boats. If we can lift it, we should be able to lift all the boats next fall.

The committee is looking for people who can help organize lift-in and lift out and also people with the technical background to do the lift planning.