Purpose and Compliance:

These regulations, policies and bulletins exist to help ensure safe, responsible and enjoyable use of PCYC’S Harbour and Yard facilities. It is a condition of membership and employment that all members and employees fully review and comply with the following regulations. Any clarifications can be provided by the Club Manager or Harbour Master.


1. Safety / General

Life jackets must be worn and done up, when using any club boat, or any boat owned by the Pointe Claire Yacht Club. All children 12 years and younger must wear an approved life jacket when on any dock or boat in the harbour, and be accompanied by an adult.

When entering or leaving the Harbour all yachts must observe the “Rules of the Road”. Boats LEAVING the harbour are to have priority.

All traffic in the Harbour must proceed at a “Dead Slow” speed, to minimize the wash and not to interfere with other craft at the jetties.

Club work boats and barge must not be used without permission except in an emergency when a member capable of operating the boat may use it for the purpose of preventing loss of life or damage to boats or property. Any person using the boats for these purposes must notify the Club Manager, the Harbour Master, or the Yard Foreman as soon as possible.

No barbeques are to be used on docks or on boats while in the harbour or yard.

Visitors with boats must tie-up at the Service Dock and report to the club office or bar to arrange temporary dock space during their visit.

2. Fueling Safety

Fuel is extremely harmful to the marine environment and its vapours create a fire hazard.


This regulation and procedures apply to ALL FUELING activities at PCYC including club members, employees and visitors.

Effective 2010 PCYC discontinued the sale of fuel. An above-ground tank is maintained at the Service Dock for the fueling of club-owned boats by employees only. A fire extinguisher and fuel containment kit is available for EMERGENCY USE at the service dock.

Boats can be fueled at PCYC in the following 2 ways:

(1) Boats with REMOVABLE/PORTABLE fuel tanks can purchase fuel directly into these tanks from service stations. Tanks can then be placed on-board at the boat’s dock and connected for use. However, any on-site transfer of fuel from one tank to another must be done at the Service Dock in the fueling basin south of the shear-legs.

(2) Boats with FIXED FUEL TANKS can purchase fuel into portable tanks from service stations. Fuel can then be transferred into the boat’s fixed tank. This transfer must be done at the Service Dock south of the shear-legs.

For all fueling activities, the following procedures MUST be followed. These procedures not only make good safety sense, they are REQUIRED by LAW as part of Transport Canada Regulations.

1. Moor your boat securely to prevent spillage.

2. Shut off all engines.

3. Send guests ashore.

4. Extinguish all open flames.

5. Do not smoke while refueling.

6. Turn off electrical switches, power supplies and avoid using electrical devices

such as portable radios, cell phones, communication devices, etc.

7. Close all windows, portholes, hatches and cabin doors.

8. Remove portable tanks from the vessel before refueling.

9. Ground the nozzle against the filler pipe.

10. Know the capacity of the fuel tank and do not overfill it — you have a duty to

prevent leakage or spillage of fuel into the hull or water.

11. Wipe up spillage and properly dispose of the cloth or towel used.

12. Operate the engine compartment blower for at least four minutes immediately before starting the gasoline engine.

13. Check for vapors from the engine compartment before starting up the engine.

3. Electrical Safety

Electrical power (120 volts AC 15 amp) is available to members from various outlet boxes on the docks. This supply is generally intended to charge on-board batteries through battery chargers, and to connect small power tools. Also, low-amperage on-board appliances may be powered directly from the dock supply on a limited basis (as many members must share our total supply). Large capacity battery chargers, air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, icemakers, etc., must not be powered by the dock power supply.

Any connections to dock power must be with a grounded 14 gauge (minimum) power cord. All cords must be in good condition and of appropriate length. Cords must be run neatly to avoid pinching by dock sections and to minimize interference with dock traffic. Connections must be monitored on a frequent basis.

If multi-outlet plugs are required at a particular dock location, they must be outdoor grade and their use authorized by the Yard Foreman.

All portable and on-board battery chargers must be CSA approved and in safe and sound operating condition.

All on-board electrical wiring, connections and appliances must be in safe and sound condition, with wires and connections done in an approved and secure manner.

Any boat having 12 volt DC and 120 volt AC systems must be safely wired and have proper grounding connections to mitigate electrocution dangers and stray currents in the harbour.

It is recommended that boat owners have their systems verified by qualified marine electricians or marine surveyors. The American Boating and Yachting Council (ABYC) is also a good reference source.

Care must be taken to ensure all appliances, switches and breakers are turned-off when boat is unattended.

Solar units (small, portable) are recommended to keep on-board batteries charged in a safe and easy manner.

Boats must not use the club power supply during storage in winter season; it is recommended that batteries be removed from the boat to prevent them from freezing. To maintain batteries during this period they should be charged every 2 to 3 months.

4. Boat Preparation and Maintenance

Club policies, regulations and procedures concerning boat preparation and maintenance activities and associated hazardous waste handling and disposal are identified in club Bulletin H 20 “Boat preparation and Disposal of associated Hazardous Waste” which can be obtained from the club office.

The PURPOSE of Bulletin H 20 is to promote health-related safety and protection of the land, water and air environments. The SCOPE of this bulletin includes boat preparation and maintenance activities, especially any scraping, sanding, blasting and refinishing of hulls, in ALL outdoor, indoor and on-the-water areas at PCYC.


Boat preparation activities must be performed using plastic sheeting (or similar) to collect all dust and particulate.

Sanding, blasting, and spraying activities must be performed with plastic sheeting (or similar) to shield hull to eliminate the circulation of dust, spray and particulate to other boats, persons or unprotected ground.

All waste must be carefully collected and disposed of in bags and deposited in club refuse containers.

All surplus paints, coatings, chemicals, and all waste oils and related boat fluids must be handled appropriately and removed from PCYC by members for their personal retention or disposal.

5. Dock and Slip Assignment

Members using dock or dry-sail space during the previous season, must advise the club manager prior to 1st March if this space will not be required for the coming season. Vacant space will be allocated during the month of March. Space unallocated by March 31st will be assigned to new members.

Members who for any reason do not intend to occupy their assigned space for periods in excess of one month must so advise the Club Manager, who may sublet the space to another member. Space on sublet for a complete season will be considered available for re-assignment at the beginning of the next season, unless prior arrangements have been made with the Club Manager or Harbour Master.

Once assigned, dock space will remain assigned from year to year. At the discretion of the Harbour Master, boat assignments may be changed in order to provide for the safest and optimum use of the harbour. Boat requirements and seniority will be the basis for space assignment.

No member may have more than one dock space, unless approved by the Harbour Master. Such approval shall be for one season only.

Dock space can be occupied only if all fees have been paid.

Dock space will not be assigned to members less than 21 years of age except under very special circumstances.

6. Launching and Hauling-out

Launching and hauling out facilities, except those provided for dry-sailors, must not be used by any person without the permission of the Harbour Master or Club Manager.

Owners must have their boats prepared for the scheduled launch and haul-out dates.

Boats must be made as light as possible for launching and hauling out.

Prior to launch and haul out all boats must have fenders, bow line and stern line attached. Boats not having such fenders and lines will be assessed the cost of supply and installation by PCYC personnel.

Prior to launch, permanent dock lines must be properly installed at the assigned dock space to enable boats to be safely secured. These lines must be removed within 1 week following haul-out.

At launch and haul out all boats must have rudders installed. Boats not having rudders will not be launched or hauled.

All boats to be launched or hauled-out with the mast up must have the back-stay removed prior to launch or haul-out. A temporary back-stay must be installed to assure that the mast remains stable and in a way that will not interfere with the lifting operation.

It is preferable that the boat owners be present for launch and haul-out. Boats after launching will be moved to their permanent dock location by the owner or yard staff or volunteers. It is the responsibility of the owner to assure that the boat is properly secured in place on the same day that the boat is launched.

Advance notice must be given and permission received from the Harbour Master regarding the handling of boats that have been stored off premises or new boats arriving by land transport. Except by special arrangement, such boats cannot be handled prior to mid-May.

Launching charges and all dues must be paid before any boat is launched: Haul-out and storage charges must be paid in full before any boat is hauled-out.

Harbour Surcharges

THERE WILL BE SURCHARGES FOR THE FOLLOWING SERVICES without a signed work order: (i.e. trailer/cradle not prepared for launch/haul out)

 Sailboat with mast up (backstay not loosened, boom not lowered)

 Lines/Fenders not ready (plus cost of lines or fenders provided)

 Powerboat canvas not removed or lowered (if necessary)

 Cradle not prepared and/or ready

 Trailer not prepared and/or ready

 Extra work/peculiar (plus cost of materials)

**If due to circumstances beyond the members control they are unable to complete any of the items mentioned above please do not hesitate to make arrangements in advance with the Club office

7. Rigging and Fitting-out

The shear-legs is to be used for rigging purposes only.

Persons using it do so at their own risk and may be held liable for any damage.

The club is not responsible for any accident or damage whatsoever as a result of a member using the shear-legs. The shear-legs cannot be used after sunset.

All spars should be rigged and ready for stepping before boats are secured at the shear-legs for rigging in order to minimize the time occupying the shear-legs .

Spars, rigging, and other gear must not be left lying on the shear-legs' dock and vicinity.

Boats must not be moored at the shear-legs' dock so as to obstruct the use of the shear-legs.

8. Docking (Refer also to Electrical Section 3)

The safety and protection of each boat and the protection of adjacent boats (should a boat come away from its dock) is totally dependent upon the use of proper mooring/docking equipment and procedure. Complete club regulations and procedures concerning the mooring of boats in the PCYC harbour are provided in "Safe Moorings" - Bulletin M1 which can be obtained from the club office.


Dock lines must be of adequate strength for the boat size. Lines must have a minimum diameter of one-half inch (except smaller boats see below). Larger boats require larger diameter lines. Nylon lines are recommended.

Bow or stern lines to the dock must be secured with chains and shackles and be safety locked (except for smaller boats). Lines must be attached to metal connections on docks, wherever possible, to reduce dock wear. Snubbers are recommended for larger boats.

Smaller boats (those less than 6.5 meters and under 1100 Kgs) are not required to have chain and shackle dock connections. Dock lines of 3/8 inch minimum, in good condition, will suffice.

Spring lines are required fore and aft.

Boats must be secured in such a way that the loss of one line does not allow a boat to contact another boat, even in high wind.

Dock lines must not block safe access to the docks.

Fenders must be adequately sized and properly positioned.

All boat fastenings and halyards must be properly secured to prevent noise.

No masts can be left protruding over the dock, without suitable safety protection, for a 2-week period following launch and prior to haul-out. At all other times masts must not protrude, regardless of protection.

9. Dry-sail Hoist Use

Complete club policies, regulations and procedures concerning the use of the dry-sail hoist are identified in PCYC Bulletin H 1.0 which can be obtained from the club office.


Any operation of the dry-sail hoist is restricted solely to AUTHORIZED operators.

Authorized dry-sail hoist operators must have completed PCYC’s “hoist operation and safety procedure proficiency training and certification” program.

10. Storage (Refer also to Electrical Section 3)

Members NOT requiring boat storage on the Club premises DURING THE WINTER must advise the Club Manager, not later than September 30th.

Storage charges must be paid prior to haul-out.

Boat storage locations will be determined by the Club Manager.

Fires or heating appliances of any kind are forbidden on boats while in storage, either inside or outside. Use of a blow torch or portable stove is prohibited in club buildings.

Cradles or trailers must be provided by the boat owners. The club reserves the right to refuse to put a boat on any cradle or trailer it feels is dangerous. Trailers must have their tires properly inflated. Cradles and trailers must be clearly identified with the boat owner's name or boat name.

Masts may be stored on the mast rack (West of the Service Dock), providing they are clearly marked with owner's name and all lines are properly contained. All masts must be removed no later than June 15th, unless authorized by the Club manager.

Spars and rigging must not be left lying on the deck, verandah, sail shed floor, or any other place there they will interfere with the moving of boats, present a danger to others, or detract from the appearance of the club.

Club lumber, blocks, supports etc must not be used by members for boat storage without permission of the Yard Foreman. No later than 1 week following launch, members' storage tarpaulins, lumber, supports, ladders, equipment etc must be removed from club property.

Gasoline, naphtha, paint, turpentine, and similar volatile inflammable matter must not be kept in any club locker or building.

11. Insurance

All boat owning members must provide the Club with a "Certificate of Insurance" indicating that

their boats are insured for 12 months with the following coverage:

Protection & Indemnity (Liability Insurance) in the amount of no less than $1,000,000.

This can be done by simply calling one's broker or insurer and requesting that a certificate

of insurance evidencing same be faxed, emailed or mailed to the Club.

Upcoming Events

12 Apr 2020;
25 Apr 2020;
09:00AM -
Ship Shape Day
01 May 2020;
04:00PM -
Bar opens (pre-season hours)
09 May 2020;
Big Crane Launch
09 May 2020;
06:00PM -
Potluck supper

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