Haul Out 2021

31 Oct 2021

Another successful Haul-Out is in the books!

The gatehouse is safely cabled in the NOLSC basin; the clubhouse is sitting forlornly alone in the river awaiting its final journey up river on Monday. All docks, fingers and platforms are onshore and the banding was almost complete when I left.

Member turnout and effort was excellent, and even family members showed up (which isn’t unusual for SCBC!). We had no injuries (minor bleeding doesn’t count) and no major hiccups. Thank you very much for an operation that couldn’t have happened without your support!

I would like to add a special note of appreciation to Greg Wardle (Vice Commodore – House) for his role in organizing the lion’s share of this haul-out. While James (Vice Commodore – Operations) has helped out where possible, he has been away working at his “real job” and unable to participate as much as usual. I too have spent a few days away. So, the bulk of the planning fell to Greg, and I think you would all agree that he excelled!

I would also like to thank Bryant Werner (Rear Commodore and all-around useful guy) for leading the lifting operations of our platforms today. I am completely useless in these matters and he is not. Thank you!

About Smugglers Cove Boat Club

Nestled along the western bank of the Niagara River is a unique boat club, just 2 NM upriver of beautiful and historic Niagara on the Lake.

The Smuggler’s Cove Boat Club (SCBC) is a unique floating club tucked in amongst the picturesque natural beauty of the Niagara Parkway, where it intersects with East-West Line, coming from Highway #55. The private gatehouse lies between the main clubhouse and the dock to shore where wildlife abounds. Once through the gatehouse, which houses men’s and women’s heads and private shower, bulletin board of upcoming activities and items of interest, as well as a workshop and commercial ice machine, the dock leads to a communal clubhouse that is the mainstay hub of many of the social events that our members enjoy. The clubhouse and accompanying deck has full kitchen facilities and multiple propane BBQ’s and a ton of both indoor and outdoor seating where many friendships have been made. We are excited that we will be building a brand new new clubhouse in the fall of 2021! The rest of the complex is made up of walkways and 56 finger docks as well as 18 mooring balls.

We are a welcoming, family oriented club that caters to both sail and power boats. We feel strongly that boating is a wonderful lifestyle that includes water, air and friendships. Because SCBC is a working club we are able to enjoy boating for a fraction of the cost of other clubs, and we get to know and interact with fellow members in a way that deepens our relationships while working toward the common goal of having a well run club. Members are required to put in work hours, working together for the launch of the club in the spring and it’s removal in the fall, as well as other work parties and social events during the year.

For Media Inquiries

Contact SCBC at:

Niagara On The Lake
16001 Niagara River Pkwy,
Niagara On The Lake, ON, L0S 1J0

T: 905-468-3331


Smugglers Cove Boat Club