Every year at about this time, boat owners get their boats moved from storage and lifted in to the harbour. The operation is jointly organized by the Cobourg Yacht Club and the Town’s Marina staff and the cost is paid by boat owners. It involves a truck which moves masts and boats out of storage then a crane to lift boats into the water (see the video below). This year, the operation spread over two days (Friday and Saturday) with Third Street, the Esplanade and the bottom of Division Street closed. Masts from many boats were temporarily stored on the Esplanade grass – the crane was scheduled to help re-install them once all the boats were in the water.
Over the last year or so, Marina staff have suggested that the crane and truck be replaced by a Travel Lift – more on this below.
Much of the work is now done by volunteers from the Yacht club but the club seems to prefer the idea that the Town (that is, the Marina) fully take on the job. As it is, boat owners pay a fee in the hundreds of dollars range for the truck and crane and if a Travel Lift were employed, they would pay for its use instead.
With the idea of expansion of boat slips into the West Harbour dead in the water – at least for this term of council – the remaining issue is whether the current Lift-in/out method should continue or should a Travel Lift be used instead. Financing of it would be by boat owners so money should not be an issue unless there is a subsidy by the Town. However, a Travel Lift would have to be housed and/or stored somewhere and some may object on that basis. Also, a Travel Lift would need a ramp to be built into the West harbour and that would require extensive dredging causing further concerns.
For the current method to be continued, the Yacht Club would need to continue to supply volunteer helpers or the Marina would need to pay a number of people. The Travel Lift idea seems to not be a simple issue.
The weather was cold and windy with light flurries! The white specs on the video are snow – not a fault condition!
Be sure to watch on full screen – it’s only about 5 minutes.
- Council Responds to Input on Strategic Plan – Final and definitive motions that completely eliminate the possibility of expansion of boat slips into the West Harbour in this term of Council – 23 April 2019.
Addendum – 29 April
A pontoon from the floating dock in the East Harbour had a leak and needed to be welded. Since that meant that the dock had to be at least partially out of the water, it was moved to where it could be “beached” – the West Harbour. Seeing this, a number of citizens were concerned that additional boat slips were being installed in the West Harbour. No they were not, it’s simply maintenance of existing floating slips from the East Harbour.