This post covers two topics – boat-lift-out and harbour repairs; first the lift-out: It’s a sure sign that winter is coming – boats can’t stay in the harbour for too long so they are all lifted out by late October. The first lift-out was done September 28 and the second lift-out was done on Saturday, October 26. As usual, it involved a crane rented by the Yacht Club with about a dozen volunteers. The crane came with two men – one to operate the crane and the other to direct it. Some owners elected to first have their mast removed while others left them in place. Each owner was charged a fee determined by the yacht club but not made public – I understand it depends on boat size and whether you belong to the club or not but is in the region of $200 – $300. Or as one person said to me: “If you have to know, you shouldn’t own a boat”.
Apart from Crane rental, this year a fence was erected to keep the public away from the lift site where everyone had a hard hat. The fence for the first lift-in cost $4000 although the fence for the second lift-in was shorter.
Once they were lifted out, they were moved to the storage compound. This procedure is the reverse of the lift-in – see the News Blog article on that complete with video, here (Marina Boat Lift-in).
Some of the operation was done on the Esplanade and some on the East pier “entrance”. That’s the section from the bottom of Division to the barrier just before the Coast Guard area. See the photos below.
I spoke with some of the yacht club volunteers and they were puzzled why a crane was needed when a much better solution would be a travel lift. This would be paid for in the same way as the Crane lift with no cost to the Town and would be out of sight at the storage compound when not in use.
Below (and above) are some photos of the Lift-out and the empty Marina – more to read below the photos.
More about the Harbour/Marina
At the Committee of the Whole meeting on October 15, Dean Hustwick, Director of Community Services presented a letter to Council recommending that council approve applying for grants from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, Community, Culture and Recreation Funding Stream for repairs in the Harbour and implementation of the Victoria Square project. The second of these is already well known to the public (see link below) but the first talks about large expenditures not otherwise made public – although they may not be required in the immediate future (this year or next). Dean says that Shoreplan Engineering (who did the report on the East Pier) have made preliminary findings (and estimates) about problems with the Harbour’s North Wall, East Wall, West Breakwater and East Breakwater. For the proposed grant, the total project cost would be approximately $10.6 million with the municipal share being approximately $2.8 million (subject to further review and refinement).
He also mentions deficiencies with the Marina’s electrical system – it’s under powered and subject to disruption with high water – and although he does not give an estimate, I heard somewhere that the best current estimate for this work is $600K. However, I understand electrical upgrades will be included in projects to be done sooner rather than later – watch for it to be included in the 2020 budget.
Read Dean’s report in the Links below – note especially under the headings Background and Financial implications.
At the regular Council meeting on October 21, Council approved that an application should be made for a grant per Dean’s recommendation. Despite being asked by Keith Oliver, they did not add his request to add an Adult Fitness Park to the application.
And in case you haven’t heard, Marina Manager Paul Gauthier is retiring effective October 31.
- Staff Report (by Dean Hustwick) – Grant Application – includes details on needed repairs to Harbour
- Public Budget submissions – The Travel Lift was first proposed to Council on 2 November 2015