According to a report to be provided by Cobourg Community Services Staff at the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, both the Marina and the Campground (previously called Trailer Park) had successful years. There is a long waiting list for seasonal slips – that seems to mean that Cobourg does not have to have a full-service Marina to be popular. That is, we don’t need a travel lift. Staff report that there is no desire to expand. Both Marina and Campground split between seasonal and transient users although the Campground is gradually moving to more transients since it’s more profitable – the six remaining seasonals will be changed to transient “as they are relinquished”. The budget for the harbour requires that both Marina and Campground are self-sustaining and provide a dividend. The report says that revenue targets were exceeded but detailed numbers were not provided. The focus was on occupancy.
The total number of slips available is 218. Of these, 164 (75%) are seasonal and 54 (25%) are transient.
The seasonal target was achieved in early spring of 2022. The demand was such that a waiting list has been created:
Currently the waiting list breakdown is as follows:
|Boat Length||Number of Names on the Waiting List|
|17′ to 25′||44|
|25′ to 30′||49|
|30′ to 37′||66|
|37′ to 44′||36|
|44′ to 71′||26|
There is no plan to change the 75% – 25% seasonal to transient ratio.
For the 2022 winter season, the storage compound did not have sufficient space but the Cobourg Yacht club provided an area in their compound to fulfill the needs.
The transient occupancy is now greater than pre-Covid.
Occupancy levels for transient guest boaters
2022 – 2936
2021 – 2779
2020 – 2184
2019 – 2400
The seasonal revenue target of $255,000 was met and exceeded as was the transient target of $155,000. With the increased number of seasonal contracts, the storage target for 2022 was also met at $40,000 and surpassed.
Victoria Park Campground
The campground hosted six seasonal sites for 2022 leaving 65 for transient guests with an additional five tent areas. Staff have noted that transient sites have a higher potential for income so in 2023 “the Town will continue converting seasonal sites to transient as they come available.”
Occupancy levels for transients
The target budget of $265,000 for trailers was surpassed for the season and the target for tents of $12,000 was met and exceeded as well.
Staff report that “Final financial figures [for the harbour] will be presented as part of the Town’s year-end reporting processes for 2022”.
The harbour is also home to the Cobourg Yacht Club and the Cobourg Dragon Boat and Canoe Club and both reported a good year.