Finger docks | Pump out | Tying up | Pump-out | Mast crane | Dinghy Crane | Boat Storage | Railway | Storage Cradles


Two thirds of our moorings are now finger docks however QCYC remaining moorings use a modified Mediterranean mooring system consisting of stern lines attached to floating tires and bow lines attached to shore or to floating docks. Stern moorings are very secure with chains extending to large concrete slabs on the bottom of the lagoon. Fenders are required on all boats in the lagoon.

Queen City Yacht Club offers a variety of mooring locations, depending on members' preferences and availability. On the Algonquin Island side of the lagoon, moorings extend south of the club to the Algonquin bridge. There are also moorings on Ward's Island side of the lagoon from just south of the ferry dock to near the Algonquin bridge. On the south side, some moorings are on a floating dock. All moorings include an adjacent, grassy shore-side area, fresh water and 15-Amp electrical service. Picnic tables are available near all moorings as well as around the clubhouse.

Requests for mooring locations are made through the moorings chairperson on the QCYC board of directors.


Finger docks

Queen City has for the last decade had a continuing program of installing finger docks in selected areas of the lagoon. Most of these docks are about 36 feet long with a joining section to the seawall. The docks are professionally built and installed, and come with a warranty.

The project is financed through a dock debenture program.

Contact the club office at 416-203-0929 or Moorings Chairman for more information.

Tying up at a Mediterranean Style Mooring 

The QCYC Mediterranean system has proved economical, unaffected by winter ice, and simple to use, even by single-handers on large boats. In most cases, visitors will be able to use the lines left in place by members and will not require their own mooring lines.

There are variations on ways to enter and leave a QCYC mooring. One favored by members employs a floating tracer or messenger line run between the port-side bow and stern line and another between the starboard-side bow and stern line. Upon entering the mooring, the skipper or crew uses a boat hook to pick up the messenger line which also picks up the bow and stern line on that side of the vessel.

Once the stern on one side is secured, the procedure can be repeated on the other side of the boat and then the bow lines can be secured and adjusted. In some cases, members prefer not use a messenger line. Instead, a boat hook is used to pick up and secure a floating stern line on each side and then do the same with bow lines.


QCYC makes available to members a modern, efficient pump-out facility at a reserved dock. Lines are provided to make pumping out a fast and convenient process. A universal deck connection is provided.

Mast Crane

Queen City operates its own manual mast-handling crane adjacent to the mast storage area at the south end of the boat yard. The crane is available at both launch and haul-out as well as throughout the season for repairs.

Dinghy Crane

An electric crane is available for hauling dry-sailed keel boats as well as smaller boats that are not stored in cradles on the QCYC marine railway system. The crane can accommodate (suitably equipped) vessels up to 2000 lbs that have appropriate trailers for storing in the dinghy storage area.

Boat Storage

QCYC's boat yard operates using a marine railway system that has proved reliable and safe. The facility, as well as the participatory nature of the process, enables Queen City to offer one of the most economical storage facilities on Lake Ontario.
Queen City typically launches boats on the second weekend following Easter. Haulout is usually the second weekend following Thanksgiving."

The Railway

The marine railway system features a rail car that runs north and south on tracks, powered by a diesel winch. At the south end of the yard, the railway tracks extend down into the water. To haul boats, an empty cradle is secured to the car which is then run far enough into the water that a boat can be steered into the cradle. The winch then pulls the car with the cradle and boat up out of the water.

Cradle, and boat are then physically pushed by members off to the east or west on greased wooden ways that extend at right angles from the railway track.

As soon as a boat and cradle are being pushed off the rail car, another empty cradle is loaded and the procedure is repeated.

To launch boats in the spring, the process is reversed: boats in cradles are pushed east or west onto the rail car, the cradle is secured and the car is powered by the winch down into the water until the boat floats free.

Storage Cradles

The nature of QCYC's marine railway system necessitates a cradle appropriate for the boat. Cradles can be made of steel or wood, though the cross members that sit on the wooden ways must have wood on their bottom sides. Cost of constructing a cradle can vary depending on material and size. In most cases, a cradle can be put together in a couple of days, using others as a model. Alternatively, members moving to different sized boats frequently have cradles for sale. The price of existing cradles is typically in the $300 to $500 range.

If you need a cradle, speak to the yard chair early in the year. He'll know if there's a cradle for sale that might suit your needs with no or minor modifications, or if a new cradle is needed can put you in touch with the members with the most experience in design, materials and fabrication."

For more on boat storage and cradles contact the office at 416-203-0929 or the Yard Chair.