Marina – Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club / Rules and Regulations

Port of Sydney

The Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club and Marina (RCBYC)

Rules and Regulations of the Marina:
The rules and regulations put in place are to insure all boaters, club members, staff and guests of the RCBYC and The Port of Sydney, are kept safe and enjoy our facilities. Failure to comply with the rules and regulations of the marina or regulations of Transport Canada may result in Membership privileges revoked. The RCBYC and The Port of Sydney are not liable for any fees or fines acquired if a boater/member doesn’t not comply with the regulations stated by Transport Canada or other authorities.

The owner agrees to pay for the occupancy and use of the berth and for all related services in accordance with the rates set out in this Agreement and in the RCBYC’s form of invoice. All such charges shall be payable in advance, unless otherwise agreed to by the RCBYC. Fees are subject to change from time to time at the discretion of the RCBYC.

The owner agrees to pay all costs for any damage to RCBYC property or to the property of others, as well as costs arising from any injuries, where such damage or injuries arise directly or indirectly from the negligence of the owner.

The owner agrees to move his/her boat in accordance with the RCBYC’s instructions and, when unattended, authorizes the RCBYC or its agents to move the boat at the discretion of the RCBYC or its agents. Any movement in such case will be at the owner’s own risk and expense. Where a smaller vessel occupies a larger berth solely due to the convenience or availability, the RCBYC reserves the right under the berth holder’s agreement, to relocated smaller boat to smaller berth or levy higher slip fees where a larger berth may be required to accommodate a larger vessel.
The Owner of the vessel shall keep insurance on their vessel, and provide proof of current insurance to the Administrator of the docks.


Please be advised and adhere to all signage on marina regarding safety.
Pets must be leashed
First Aid stations are in the boat house on the marina and at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion. In the event of an emergency please call 911. There is an AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILATOR located at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion.

Docks and Ramps:
Both must be free of surface irregularities that may interfere with the safe operation of mobile equipment.
Both must be free of personal belongings ( Personal Floatation Device (PFD) etc.) that can cause someone to trip and fall.
Wear PFD’s while on the docks and working around your boat. ESPECIALLY make sure that children are wearing properly-fitted PFD’s at all times.
Don’t swim in marina waters. Boat maneuvering and movement is tough enough without having swimmers in the water, and there can also be dangerous stray currents in the water from improperly bonded electrical systems.
Fishing is not permitted on the docks or off a vessel in the marina boundaries. Fishing off the dock is only allowed at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion in a designated area and is not permitted while cruise ships, or any other vessels are docked on the port. As per Transport Canada security regulations.
Make sure you, your family members, and guests are wearing non-slip shoes anywhere on the marina premises, but especially around the docks and on your boat.
Don’t leave loose items laying around on the dock or in visible areas of your boat. They could get kicked into the water, stolen, or present a tripping hazard.
The Port of Sydney and the Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club and Marina members are not responsible for any lost or stolen property.
Practice a safe egress from your boat and from the dock in the event of fire.
No fueling permitted in marina at any time. Fueling is available at the Dobson Yacht Club, located across the Sydney harbor in Westmount.

Noise By-Laws;
No person shall engage in any activity that unreasonably disturbs the peace, comfort and tranquility of a resident of the municipality
Drug and alcohol;
Under Canada’s Criminal Code, you may not operate, assist in the operation of, or have the care or control of a vessel while impaired. This applies whether or not the vessel is moving. It also applies whether you are using alcohol or drugs, or both. Both alcohol and cannabis prevent you from safely operating a vehicle or boat.
Safety compliance;
All boaters must adhere with the regulations stated in Boating Safety by Transport Canada. The Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club and The Port of Sydney are not liable for anyone who does not comply with these terms.
Boat maintenance;
Be proactive about regular maintenance of your vessel, especially electrical and fuel systems.
Use bio-degradable cleaning products when you wash your boat.
If you leave your boat for any reason, turn off any portable heaters you may have on board.
Never leave engine parts or oily rags around dock areas and ventilate thoroughly before performing any work on your boat.
The boat owner shall not dump or leave garbage and refuse except in the containers provided
You and your family are the eyes and ears of your marina neighborhood. Don’t be shy about telling marina staff about potential problems or hazards, such as weatherworn wiring or fixtures, spilled or leaking fuel, or lack of safety equipment like fire extinguishers, proper signage, and life rings.
Gasoline generators on board can leak fuel, short out, overheat, and can represent a significant carbon monoxide risk if not property used and maintained.
Please place the attached emergency safety plan in a conspicuous area on the vessel for all to see.