A safe enjoyable atmosphere to enjoy your time how you choose; boating, socializing, relaxing and/or spending time with family! Children can have fun fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, or wading in the water on our beachfront.
We are a working club, so it is important that you understand that membership comes with work obligations and the code of conduct outlined in our bylaws.
The club has a variety of work parties to keep the club in tip top condition. You will be required to commit twenty (25) hours per season to club work. This will include club put-in and haul-out as well as cleaning stations. A group of members will be allocated to a specific week during the season and the usual commitment is three hours.
Should you exceed the twenty five (25) hour minimum, a credit will be applied to the next season’s dock fees.
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Once you've decided to become a member, you must first complete our application form. It is important to fill out all of the sections to the best of your ability, as completeness is one of the first things we evaluate.
Once our Orientation Committee receives your application, they will review it and reach out to you. You may be invited for an “Orientation Interview” to learn what our boating club is all about and to see if you would enjoy what we have to offer.
Once you've completed your interview and club briefing, our Committee will present your application to the Bridge. Input from current club members will be invited. Current club members will be allowed 10 days to submit comments regarding the acceptance of the new member’s application to the Bridge. Once reviewed, the Bridge will vote on the feasibility of accepting the new member to the club and the member will then be sworn in at the following club meeting.
Working together is an integral part of Smuggler's Cove. There are many committees to join and our collective skills and interests drive the club.
We are a floating club connected to a mooring site leased from the Niagara Parks Commission. Due to the change in seasons, the club is assembled in the spring and dismantled in the fall.
Boating and the Niagara Scenery is the reason people join, however, friendships, memories, activities, food and drinks are part of the club experience we enjoy.
At SCBC, we have a maximum membership of 85 and we currently have a few open membership slots. If you are interested for this season, it would be best to inquire as soon as possible if you wish to secure a spot for this boating season. There is a system to the dock assignment and dock ownership process. Docks are assigned on a seniority basis so the sooner an application is submitted and approved, the sooner a new member will be sworn in, and thus the better likelihood that the new member will be issued either a slip, or a mooring ball.
Please read more about dock assignment below.
We also have a limit on the size of boat allowed on the main complex of 30’ long including the swim platform and bow sprit. Larger boats can go on a mooring ball if one is available, and if the appropriate tackle is available for the size/weight of the vessel. Contact the Fleet Captain for further information.
SCBC is very proud of its history. Members of SCBC have always been and will continue to represent a cross-section of Niagara. We are Niagara’s farmers, doctors, teachers, laborers, small business owners, plumbers, accountants, lawyers, electricians, office workers, pastors, police officers & firemen. In fact, SCBC’s success can be attributed to its inclusiveness. Like any club we strive to maintain a healthy and friendly environment. We are governed by the following simple rules:View Code of Ethics
Club fees are very reasonable compared to many of the marinas and clubs in the Niagara Region. When you initially join your fees will be the following:
Fees must be paid in full when accepted. All fees maybe paid through an e-transfer to our account at the Meridian Credit Union (MCU).
New member one time initiation fee is $700.00, annual dues are $450.00, Building fund contribution is $200.00 this year (fees are voted on each year).
If you have a boat on the complex, as a dock hopper the fee is $10.00 per day to a maximum of $400.00 When you become a dock holder the fee is $400.00 per year.
Working Hours Dues
As mentioned, we are also a working club and each member is required to put in a minimum of 25 hours per year to support the operation of the club. Every hour over the 20 mandatory work hours you put in will deduct $10.00 off of your dock / dock hopper fees to a maximum of $ 320 deduction.
Here is the process of how docks are assigned.
You will be a dock hopper until a permanent dock is assigned to you. We typically have a few more boaters on our member list, than we have docks and mooring balls. From time to time, some members do not need their slip, either because they do not currently have a boat, or are away on trips for all or part of the season.
Available docks are assigned on a dock hopper seniority basis. New members are added to the bottom of the seniority list as they are voted in. At the moment, there are docks available, however there is a chance (if there are many applications submitted and approved ahead of yours) you may not get a dock to use for part or even all of a season, until your seniority allows for it. The vast majority of the time, all of the dock hoppers are able to get a placement for the year, but new members need to understand there is no guarantee. As the season and years progress, and dock hoppers at the top of the list get assigned permanent docks, you will move up in seniority.
We typically have a 4 to 6 member turnover each year making new docks available.
When you make it to the top of the dock hoppers list and a permanent dock becomes available it will be offered to you. If you accept, you will become a dock holder.
While on the SCBC complex, please follow the following safety rules, guidelines and recommendations. Water safety is paramount as we are on a river with a current. You will be responsible for your children’s safety. Therefore:
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