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Boat Launch 2023

Many hands are required to launch boats please let us know if you are available.

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Boat Launch 2023
Boat Launch 2023

Time & Location

May 07, 2023, 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

74 Lighthouse Rd, 74 Lighthouse Rd, St. Catharines, ON L2N 7P5, Canada



Boat Launch 2023

There will be a check-in table set up, please check-in at 8:00am to confirm your boat launch. Weather permitting. Modern Crane will have a Flagman to assist with launch. However, many hands are required to launch boats and if you’re comfortable and want to help out, let us know at check in.

Boat Launch Guidelines

Prior to any boat being launched, the owner or his designate shall report to the check-in table, where an order and approximate launch time will be given out. It is mandatory to be at the yard 1 hour before projected launch time as the launch order could change and good weather can speed up the launch. Your boat will not be launched without your presence.

Please support your fellow members and be prepared to stay after your boat is launched, to assist other club members’ launch their boats as they did with yours.

Only owners/crew members directly associated and capable of assisting with launch should be in the yard.  Children and those unable to assist can wait on the walkways/pathways outside of the lifting area.  Once the boat is floating and the slings are removed, the additional crew may join the vessel to move it over to its assigned slip.

You will the need the following:

• Sling Stickers on hull/toe rail both sides – we will have extra  stickers at check-in table

• 2# lines 30’ to 40’ long tied to bow and stern for launching boat

• 2# lines 20’ long, to tie slings together just above deck – long dock lines with eye loop work well for tying slings.

• A ladder to access your boat to tie sling lines and drop bow and stern line to ground. 

• Hang an appropriate number of fenders on the PORT SIDE.

• Ensure ladder is properly tied to the boat for safe use, angled 1 foot out for every 4 feet up.

 Additional Preparations:

● Start your engine in the compound (let it run for no longer than 15 seconds) to ensure that you will be able to motor away from the launch area. Please dispose of antifreeze solutions in an environmentally safe manner 

● Make sure that your boat name and the owners name are on the cradle. Mark the cradle for bow and stern. Erase all other markings.

● Prior to launching ensure that your boat is unlocked when it is lifted in so you can quickly inspect the bilge for any water leaks.

● If you are antifouling under your pads, during the lift, be very careful not to get any paint on the slings as it could get on the top sides of the next boat to be lifted.

● To speed up haul out in the fall, and if you are happy with the position of the boat in your cradle, anchor your base keel board to the cradle and screw a block of wood across the front and or back of your keel to show where you want the boat placed back in the cradle @ lift out. Alternatively painting a line on the keel and cradle will be acceptable.

All tripping hazards must be removed from the deck and cockpit areas. Decks and cockpits must be clear of all items, no exceptions. Some examples of tripping hazards include, but are not limited to: 

• Booms, whiskers poles, docking poles, oars must all be removed and stowed below deck or off the boat (this includes removing poles from stanchion storage systems). No exceptions will be granted. 

• All dodgers, biminis and enclosure canvas must be removed. The metal tubing structures for the canvas are to be removed or securely fastened so they do not pose a hazard to the crew. This is especially important on power boats where standing areas for the crew handling the slings is limited 

• Anchors may be left in their normal bowsprit roller but must be securely fastened. Anchor chain/rode may be left attached to the anchor but must be stowed in the anchor locker. If stowing is not possible remove anchor chain/rode from the deck 

• Mast hole covers must be securely fastened. For example, loose board, rocks or blocks are not permitted 

• No loose personal items should be left in the cockpit or on the deck. 

• To reduce risk of damage from the slings, it is recommended that items such as BBQ, life rings, etc. normally fastened to the outside of the bow pulpit or stern pulpit be removed, including dinghy outboards.

• Ensure your sling points are well marked on the hull’s topside, black tape on the lifelines also helps. Keep in mind balance points, propeller, speed and depth transducers, etc.

Once you have secured your boat in its slip, please return to the storage yard to continue to offer assistance as required for launching the balance of the boats.  If your assistance is not needed to directly assist the launch process, clean up the area around your cradle and/or prepare it for summer storage.

All cradles are to be folded down and prepared for storage by the end of Sunday, June 2, 2019.  

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