Club Facilities

Property Appliances
Power Craft Operation Requirements
Canada Shipping Act Regulations
Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card
Toronto Port Authority Regulations
Club Boat Storage
Winch Equipment (Hand-Operated)
OHCC Docks
Gate and Clubhouse Combination Locks
First Aid Kits
CPR Defibrillator

Originally a portable school house, our clubhouse was later modified to include men’s and women’s change rooms, electrification, floodlights running water and kitchen adjacent to the inside lunge tables and chairs area. We have a spacious outdoor deck, Muskoka chairs, benches and picnic tables, where we enjoy open-air sociability, and night after-race barbecues. Inside our clubhouse are also a gas fired Franklin stove that provides, on chilly days in early spring and late fall, periods of comfortable heat.

Property Appliances

  • Refrigerator – If you store anything in there, please label same and be responsible to remove your stuff and keep the unit clean. Anything unlabeled or “undergoing change” will be removed and/or discarded
  • Electric Stove and Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dish washing sink – has hot and cold water that flows through ultra-violet light, eliminating much of the bacteria, BUT, PLEASE DO NOT DRINK THE WATER – IT COMES OTHERWISE UNTREATED FROM THE LAKE; – hot water heating equipment is turned about 2 hours before needed for washing of dishes – any new volunteers should ask a knowledgeable member for instructions.
  • Cupboards for some kitchen items;
  • Assortment of plastic and paper plates; knives, forks spoons and cups, serving dishes, pots and pans, barbecue tools, serviettes, paper towels, etc. (EMPTY BEVERAGE BOTTLES ARE TO BE STOWED OUT OF SIGHT – on the right hand side of the South storage cupboard).
  • Blackboard (inside) for workshop classes;
  • Telephone – for local calls only – 416-465-1234;
  • Change rooms (men’s and women’s) – you may also change in the respective washrooms.
  • BEVERAGE MACHINE – there will now be fresh bottled water dispensed (The bottled water cost $1.00 each – the machine takes nickels to townies and gives change.) a committee member is in charge replenishing beverages and emptying the money collected.
  • Gas Barbecues – We have two gas barbecues, attached to a large propane tank behind the clubhouse (with both barbecues off, first open the valve on the propane tank, then turn on the barbecue nearest the tank, ignite, then turn on the barbecue on the right).
  • Tool Shed (Landscaping) – Power mower, Gardening tools, grounds-keeping materials and equipment are stored in shed. All members are responsible for cutting grass in and around their boat spaces. Help in the gardening and landscaping process is most welcome – please ask the Yardmaster or Property Master (Grounds) what you can do to help maintain the attractive look of our club property.
  • Tool Shed (Maintenance) – Hand tools, including a long extension cord, are available for club maintenance needs and may be available if you need to use them in an emergency. Please ask the Yardmaster or either the Grounds or Boats Property Master about using them. The best rule to go by is to bring your own tools as needed. Note: Extension is bipolar and will not accommodate triple-pronged power tools. Yardmaster’s special tools are in the northeasterly shed on his key lock.
  • Washrooms – How to get in:

    Just east of the clubhouse and tool sheds is a large trailer with flush toilets (men left, women right), urinal –(men’s only – for those who weren’t sure), sinks with hot and cold water, counter and below-sink cupboards (WATER FROM THESE TAPS IS NOT DRINKABLE).

    First turn bottom dial to the right. Press 2 and 4 together, then 3 alone
    Then turn dial below Clockwise to open the door.


  • Mast Rack – When you are doing extensive work on your boat’s hull and – at the end of the sailing season or for any other reason – you wish to detach your mast and boom, you must print your name and sail number on these items and store them in the rack at the end of the washrooms.
  • Mosquitoes – These pests are not club facilities, but with reports of West Nile Virus, we must be ever vigilant, so please:
  • DO:

    • Make sure the grass under and around your boat is mowed;
    • Cover your boat in such manner as to keep water from pooling in it;
    • Check after heavy rains to make sure there no puddles of water in or on the covers of your boat or boats near you;
    • Keep the bow of your boat high enough to ensure that water drains off of it;
    • Protect yourself with insect repellent – especially in the early morning or around sundown and watch out for the occasional wasp during the day.

    DO NOT:

    • Touch the mosquito-vac machine, located just West of the clubhouse; this effective killing machine attracts and entraps them, reducing the mosquito population by about 60 %.
    • Store rubber tires or containers on your assigned lot, as these may collect standing water.
  • Lockers – Some members find it useful to rent one of the club’s lockers for the season, in which to keep life jackets, boat paraphernalia, tools and other “stuff” – please make sure your name sticker is on your locker and you leave it locked.
  • Committee Race Boat and Rescue Boat – The club’s Committee Boat is a 20 foot Triumph with a 120 hp Honda outboard motor. Our rescue boat is a 15 foot Boston Whaler with 40 hp Honda outboard motor. Both boats have a dashboard marine radio. (Except in case of emergency, the marine radio should be used only by someone who holds a valid radio operator’s licence) These boats are berthed on the marine railway units on the east side.
  • Dux Rescue Boat – Launched in seconds from a launch pad on the break wall the club’s rescue boat is an extremely stable platform to ensure safety while hauling out sailors and crew.
  • Note: The operator of the club craft is responsible for ensuring that all mandatory safety equipment is on board before the boat is launched from the marine railway – see notice in boat shed.
  • Inshore Rowing Boat – An aluminum rowboat is stored upside down near the West launch ramp. This boat can be used for short distance emergency rescue.
  • Safety Notes on the Operation of the Marine Railways – See Safety Section
  • Boat Shed – Located East of our docks in front of the East marine railway. As you enter the shed, on your left, is the light switch and below, the switch for turning on or off the machinery for operating the machine railways. Race management items, when not left on the Committee boat during the racing season, are normally kept in this shed, as well as other items:
    • Committee and Patrol Boat keys
    • Signboard frame for races
    • Signal flags and red, white and blue race indicators
    • 3 marker anchors, with chains and 50-metre nylon lines for each
    • perma-charger and extension cords for “trickle-charging” the boat batteries
    • spare life jackets
    • tools
  • On the West side of the storage shed is a wooden storage box containing gas tanks and adapters. These tanks and adapters are interchangeable on either boat.

    Power Craft Operation Requirements
    All operators of power craft must hold two Operators’ Cards, pursuant to the following regulations:

    Canada Shipping Act Regulations
    All operators of power craft must have completed and passed, with a mark of at least 75%, a Canadian Coast Guard accredited course. There are certain transitional exemptions for people operating a craft in excess of 4 metres who were born prior to April 1st, 1983, but these will cease on September 15th, 2009.

    A Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card, which is good for life, may be issued by a number of accredited organizations. Full details may be obtained from the Internet.

    Toronto Port Authority Regulations
    All operators of power craft must have completed and passed a course provided by the Port Authority and carry an Operator’s Permit. Application may be made to the Port Authority, Harbour Street, Toronto. Thereafter, there is an nominal annual fee.

    Courses and testing opportunities may be arranged by the Executive Committee as numbers of candidates warrant from time to time or members may arrange such courses and testing on their own by contacting the Canadian Yachting Association and the Harbour Police.

    Club Boat Storage
    Apart from a special exception permitted by the Executive Committee, all members will store their boats in their assigned spaces (166 approx. in total), as indicated on the boat storage plan and marked in the yard of the club. Boats are usually kept on dollies for launching by each member.

    Each year, you will receive a storage plan with your assigned space highlighted. This information is mailed to you with your membership renewal.

    Winch Equipment (Hand-Operated)
    Hand-operated winches are located at both docks to facilitate the launching and retrieving of heavier boats

    OHCC Docks
    The two club docks are made of wood over plastic foam for buoyancy. Each dock is in nine sections, bolted together and anchored at each end and in the middle. Cleats running the surface length on each side of the docks permit several boats to be moored at a time for hoisting of sails. As soon as the sails are up, steering gear rigged and centreboards down, members should depart from the dock without delay. On return, as soon as derigged and sails down, your boat should be dollied and pulled up on land. No boat should be left unattended and moored at the dock for more than a few minutes, as this impedes timely launching or return of other members’ boats. If you must leave your boat for any length of time, leave your boat at the end of the dock farthest from the shore.

    Docks are launched at the start of the Spring season and removed in the Fall. ALL MEMBERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND to assist at Docks In and Docks Out. The work is followed by a hearty lunch provided by the club.

    Gate and Clubhouse Combination Locks
    The combination locks for the club’s gates and buildings are changed each year. You will be notified of those combinations when you join the club or renew your membership. If you are the last to leave the clubhouse area, please make sure all locks are locked and the numbers spun.

    The grounds are well-lit at night by four 400-watt high intensity discharge lamps mounted on 28-foot metal poles set in concrete footings. These lights are turned on and off automatically.

    First Aid Kits
    There are two first aid kits kept in the drawers of the South storage cupboard in the clubhouse.

    CPR Defibrillator
    The club has a defibrillator for treatment of life-threatening cardiac arrests and storkes. While some members have Defibrillation Certification to use the device we encourage those interested to seek first aid training through a first aid or CPR course.