covers the lifting in and out of boats in the Cobourg harbour. The Town of Cobourg runs and operates the
marina. However, the Town of Cobourg and
CYC provide separate and district services for the lift in and lift out of
boats, as follows:
Town of Cobourg is responsible to
plan, organize and coordinate the transportation of all boats on cradles and
empty cradles as part of the spring and fall boat hoisting operations. This transport will relocate equipment
between the east pier and the storage compound at the foot of Hibernia
Street. The transport of boats on
trailers is the responsibility of that boat owner.
2. CYC is responsible to plan, organize and
coordinate the lifting of boats into or out of the water as part of the spring
and fall hoisting operations. These operations shall include but are not
limited to contracting a crane service, sling handling, tag line handling,
traffic control, as well as on site supervision of hoisting operations
The lifting in and
out of boats, whether owned by Club Members or Non-Members, carries a degree of
risk to the people involved and to their boats. The purpose of this procedure
is to reduce the risks to all involved to as low as is reasonably practicable
by identifying the key activities and people.
It is important that all those involved in the lifting operation are
aware of this procedure and that they follow it. The procedure simply formalizes
much of what the CYC has always done while adding some additional steps to the
operations. This procedure also identifies and defines the key roles.
2. The Boat Hoisting
The boat hoisting
process is managed by the CYC. The Club’s “Director at Large” (or his/her
designate) is in-charge of this operation.
The “Director at Large” sits on, and reports to the Club’s Board of
The essence of the
boat lift-in and out process is as follows: Boats, whether owned by Club
Members or Non-Members, are lifted in or out normally on one day using a hired
crane. Prior to lift-in the Town of
Cobourg will transport boats on cradles from the storage compound to the
staging area on the east pier. Once
hoisted off of the cradle, the Town will transfer the empty cradle to the storage
compound. After being set in their
cradle or boat trailer on the pier, they are either transported to the Marina’s
storage compound using a hired hydraulic boat trailer or removed by the owner
to offsite storage. The Town of Cobourg
manages the transportation operation.
The order of the
boat lift operation is managed by the Club’s “Marshalling Coordinator” but set
by the position of the cradles on the pier.
Mobile trailers, used by some of the smaller boats, are parked adjacent
to the initial lifting area at the north end of the pier and sequenced by the
“Marshalling Coordinator”. The lift-in
operation in the spring is the reverse of the above.
The intent and
understanding of the boat hoisting operation is that it is a self-help activity
where an owner or member is lifting his or her boat, assisted by Club Members,
using facilities provided by the Club.
This implies that any damage to a boat, whether owned by a Club Member
or Non-Member, resulting from this operation is the boat owner’s responsibility.
The Club is not liable for any such damage which should be covered by that
owner’s insurance. The Town and CYC area
not operating a commercial undertaking for the benefit of Members or users;
overall charges are made to cover the costs of hiring the crane, hydraulic
trailer, flatbed truck, labour as well as insurance and any other equipment as
The Club, through
its members, will supply an “Operations Coordinator”, “Safety
Coordinator”, “two rope men” to orient and
control the boat in the air as well as four sling men to position the slings
prior to lifting. The crane will be controlled by a “Signal-Man”, supplied by
the crane operator.
Prior to the boat
lift operations, the Marina circulates an information package, including a
waiver, to gather information (weight, length etc.) including, which boats
require the mobile lifting crane.
3. The Mast Stepping
Mast stepping is
regarded by both the Town and CYC as a self-help operation. As such the
individuals involved in this operation shall be responsible for
self-organizing. The group of boaters participating in this operation shall
jointly be responsible to plan, organize and coordinate aspects of the mast
stepping operations. CYC will contract a
crane service and provide coverage via CYC insurance. Participants will be responsible for sling
handling, mast handling, traffic control, as well as on site supervision of
hoisting operations. The group shall
also be collectively responsible for transportation of mast from and to the
mast storage compound if required. The
Town will make available a short term mast storage and crane set up area from
which mast stepping operations will be conducted. This area will be cordoned off by Town staff
in advance of mast stepping operations.
Prior to the boat lift-in
and lift-out operation, masts are stepped or removed from boats designated for
mast-down storage. Masts of smaller vessels can be stepped or removed from the
boat by the owner using the fixed “mast crane" which is situated on the
east side of the inner harbour. Larger
vessels, typically 30 feet and up, require the use of a mobile mast crane.
The essence of the
mast stepping and lift-out process is as follows: Boats requiring their mast to be removed,
whether owned by Club Members or Non-Members, have the mast:
Masts are removed
in the area between the parking lots on the north wall of the harbour.
Once the mast is
secured by the crane, but before it is removed from the boat, the shrouds,
backstay and any loose lines should be gathered up and tied. This ensures that loose rigging does not
catch on the stanchions, grab rails etc. of the boat, and minimizes risk of
personnel being injured. A line of
sufficient strength and length to secure the crane sling in the correct
position on the mast is to be supplied by the boat owner.
Prior to starting
the mast lift-out operation, saw horses or other supports (supplied by the owner) are set up on the
grass area immediately to the east of the parking lot on the harbour north wall
adjacent to the fuel dock. After the
mast is removed, it is set on the sawhorses in order to allow for the removal
of the spreaders and preparation of the mast for moving. The masts are either transported to the
Club’s mast storage rack using a rented 4-wheel trailer or removed by the owner
to offsite storage. The order of the
operation is managed by the participants themselves. The mast lift-in operation in the spring is
the reverse of the above.
To facilitate the boat
hoisting operations, the Club shall:
Hire a suitable
crane and signal-man for the lift-in or lift-out. Where possible a crane driver who is familiar
with the Club’s lift-in and lift-out activities should be requested. The crane operator will supply all necessary
lifting equipment including slings for both boat and mast lifting
operations. However, the crane operator
has no responsibility for the slinging of a boat; this is entirely the
responsibility of the owner. The Town of
Cobourg will manage the transport of cradles with/with out boats to or from the
The Club shall
also appoint suitable, competent, volunteer members as “key people” into the
functions identified in Section 6. The Club shall ensure that the “key
people" are trained where appropriate and understand what is required of
them prior to their being appointed.
Members fulfilling these key functions shall be appointed before lift
day. Certain “key people” must wear appropriate identification, preferably in
the form of a high visibility (yellow) coloured vest or jacket. Those members undertaking crane liaison
duties (Operations Coordinator) must also wear the appropriate coloured
hi-visibility vest and shall make themselves known to the crane operator and
the signal-man. The Marshalling Coordinator shall also wear a coloured jacket
to identify him/her. The completed list
of key personnel listed in Section 6 should be displayed on the Clubhouse
notice Board to assist in communication throughout the day. The formal check of
the slings and lifting equipment used for both the boat and mast lifts is the
responsibility of the crane operator and his signal man.
5. Boat Owners and
In order for the boat
hoisting operation to work successfully, the owners of boats have certain
responsibilities that must be followed. They are:
5.1 The boat owner
shall ensure that his/her boat is ready for hoisting. See section “Preparing
your boat for Lift-in and Lift-out”.
Each owner must sign and date the waiver form.
5.2 For long-keel
boats and other awkward hull shapes it is mandatory that the slings be tied
both fore and aft at deck level to reduce the risk of the boat slipping from
the slings. This is normally achieved by securing a line at the bow and then
leading it aft, taking a turn around each sling before tying off at the stern.
It is the owner’s responsibility to supply the ropes required to secure the
slings and to ensure that these ropes are secured appropriately.
5.3 The boat owner
shall supply the Club the weight of his boat including all equipment, fuel and
water on the forms provided. This information is needed for the crane operator
to ensure that the weight-radius limits of the crane are not exceeded. The owner shall also confirm on the forms
provided that his/her craft is fully insured, including third party risks;
these forms will be provided by the Marina prior to the launch date.
5.4 The boat owner
is responsible for ensuring that his/her boat has marks indicating where the
slings are to be placed to enable the crane slings to be properly positioned
prior to the crane lift. In particular,
the owner should ensure that his/her boat is placed centrally in the sling and
not tilted. During lift-out the four
Sling Men on the boat should be equally distributed to ensure the boat comes
out level when the crane tightens the slings.
No person is permitted to be onboard the boat during the lifting
operation. During lift-out, once the boat is clear of the water, the owner
shall indicate his/her satisfaction or otherwise that the boat is level and
ready to lift. At that point the Sling
Men on the boat, holding the straps in place, must get off the boat before it
is lifted any higher.
5.5 The boat owner
is responsible for ensuring that his/her cradle or trailer has suitable marks
to indicate where the keel is to be positioned on the cradle. See section
“Preparing your boat for Lift in and out”. It is also the boat owner’s
responsibility for ensuring that the boat is placed correctly in his/her cradle
5.6 As a result of
the above, the boat owner must be present when his/her boat is being lifted. No
boat shall be lifted without the owner being present.
5.7 Boat owners
not actively involved in lifting their own boat shall make themselves available
to the coordinator in order to assist other boaters.
First. No one is allowed in the vicinity
of the lifting equipment unless they are involved in the immediate
operation. This includes spouses and
children as well as boaters who are not involved in the immediate
operation. All persons should ensure
that they do not place themselves in a position underneath a boat while it is
being lifted by the crane.
Care must be taken
that hands are not trapped by the crane slings or between a boat and the pads
of a cradle.
involved in lifting operations must wear a safety helmet (provided by the
5.9 During the
boat lift-in operation, if a boater wants to apply anti-fouling paint to the
area covered by the cradle pads he/she shall tell the “Operations Coordinator”
prior to the placement of the slings. It
shall be the “Operations Coordinator’s” responsibility to tell the signalman of
this requirement. Care should be taken
to keep the paint off the slings to prevent marking up the next boat.
5.10 After the
completion of the boat lift, it is the owner’s responsibility to remove all
hazards and rubbish that he/she may have brought onto the pier.
5.11 All boat
owning members should endeavour to undertake key roles by gaining experience by
assisting in them. Only in this way will our boat hoisting process continue.
5.12 All boat
owners, whether members or not, must thoroughly familiarize themselves with
this procedure and with the section “Preparing your boat for Lift In and Out”.
5.13 The boat
owner must have appropriate insurance for his/her craft and for third party
5.14 All persons,
whether boat owners or not, must follow the safety instructions given to them
by the “Safety Coordinator, Operations Coordinator and Marshalling Coordinator”.
6. Key People and
There are several
key roles undertaken by members. These are outlined below. Only three of these
roles at each lift operation should be clearly identifiable by wearing
high-visibility waistcoats. These are the “Operations Coordinator”, the
“Marshalling Coordinator” and the “Safety Coordinator”. To have others wearing
such identification is confusing and must be discouraged.
Because, the day
is long and the need for members to arrange and accompany their own
lift-in/out, two members must be identified for each of the key roles and a
list of the names made known to the members.
To increase the skills base, it is very desirable that members are
trained by experience in these key roles. It is therefore required that,
whenever possible, those members identified
below assist in the training of other willing members.
Coordinator- The person responsible for the overall supervision and control of
all lifting operations coordinating with the crane signalman. Has overall
control of the order of lift and location of boats (in conjunction with the
crane operator and Marshalling Coordinator).
Verifies that the boat or mast and other personnel are ready for the
lifting operation to begin. The
Controller should ensure that all members involved in functions identified here
are familiar with the tasks requirements below. Visual identification worn.
Marshalling Coordinator- Ensures that the next boats in line are ready for
lifting, and that the owner is present and ready for the lift. Bow and stern lines are in place. Sling positions marked and visible. Visual identification worn.
Marshalling Coordinator- Ensures that the cradle is marked and keel position
indicated and is placed correctly.
Ensures that the next boats in line are ready for lifting and that the
owner is present and ready for the lift. Boats are lined-up next to the pier in
order of lift and adjacent to their cradle.
Bow and stern lines are in place.
Sling positions marked and visible on the boat from above. Visual
Coordinator (volunteer) - Establishes the order of boats which require
masts. Boats are lined-up next to the
north wall in sequence. Ensures that the
next boat in line is ready for stepping the mast and that the owner is present
and ready. Ensures that the mast is
ready and next in line. Visual identification worn.
Coordinator (volunteer) - Establishes the order of boats which require their
masts to be removed. Ensures that the next boat in line is ready for mast
removal, the owner is present and saw horses are ready. On completion of the mast lift-out operation,
establishes the sequence of the masts being transported to the Mast Storage
Rack using the 4 wheeled dolly. Visual
(volunteer) - Ensures non-boaters, children and boaters not working on the
immediate lift are excluded from hazardous area. Identifies unsafe behaviour e.g. walking
under suspended boats and masts. Is
fully familiar with risk assessment. Visual identification worn.
Should make themselves available to assist and help with the lifting process
both before and after their boats have been lifted and either stored ashore or
returned to their mooring as appropriate.
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