Offshore Stations

  • Safe Boating Guides
    • • Transport Canada Office of Boating Safety "Safe Boating Guide" (2019) includes Minimum Safety Equipment Requirements on Pages 15-19, and links to other Regulations such as Competency of Pleasure Craft, etc.

      • Port of Vancouver "Safe Boating Guide" (PDF file, 2 pages) for Burrard Inlet

      • Port of Vancouver "Port Information Guide" (PDF, 2019, 7.47 MB)
  • Cruising Code Of Conduct
      1. All Rules for Offshore Stations apply during cruises.
      2. Members are responsible for the supervision of, and damaged caused by, their guests and children.
      3. Participants are responsible for registering for a cruise. Registrants who cancel within seven days of the cruise may be charged the full cost of the cruise.
      4. Members arriving at an Offshore Station who have not registered, or who are on the waiting list for any designated cruise, may be asked to leave the Offshore Station.
      5. Members must cooperate with the directions of a Wharfinger.

      From the 2016 Yearbook. Text in Italics is for information only and does not form part of the rule.

  • Etiquette
      1. It is Club tradition to welcome incoming vessels by taking lines, identifying available dock spaces of adequate size that may not be visible to the arriving skipper, sharing electric power outlets, and generally providing assistance during the docking process.
      2. When an adequate length of float is unavailable, a request to raft must not be refused except if there is a vessel mismatch which could result in damage or become a safety hazard. Members should prepare for rafting with additional fenders, if available. A tender tied outboard must never be used to discourage an approaching vessel. When rafted please wear only clean, non-marking footwear, avoid unnecessary noise and limit crossings.
      3. Members arriving after 2200 hrs should not expect the same level of assistance as outlined in point 1.
      4. A member should graciously extend temporary use of offshore station floats to vessels in peril, after which the member must submit a brief written note of the circumstances, including vessel and owner identification, to the Rear Commodore Offshore Stations.
      5. Members and their guests must be courteous to local residents.
        5a) In times of drought or water restrictions, please refrain from boat washing activities, even if using your own water supply.
  • Moorage
      1. Members must register upon arrival and when leaving note their departure date in the book provided.
      2. The Club Burgee shall be flown at all times.
      3. Floats are occupied on a first-come basis – no reserved spaces. All members have equal privileges. A dinghy may not be used to temporarily reserve a berth for a member about to arrive or planning to return.
      4. During the Cruising Season gaps between vessels must be closed whenever it appears that space may become limited. It is easier to tighten up upon arrival than to wait until several vessels must all be moved to accommodate an incoming member.
      5. (a) Subject to Rule 10(b) moorage at offshore stations is restricted to Active, Associate, Intermediate, Special, Life, and Honorary Life members, collectively termed “eligible members”. Affiliate Spouses may enjoy their spouse’s moorage privileges in the absence of their spouse. Reciprocal privileges do not apply at Offshore Stations.
        (b) Junior members may moor a vessel under their care and control at Offshore Stations only in the hours between dawn and dusk (subject to emergent conditions). Junior members are reminded that they may not introduce non-members as guests to the is restricted to vessels whether owned, borrowed, or chartered that are under the direct control of an eligible member.
      6. Vessels not previously registered with the Club and listed in the yearbook must complete a Temporary Vessel Registration (TVR) certificate, which shall then be posted in a location visible from the dockside. TVRs are available at the place of registration and at the RVYC website.
      7. Non-members must not tie their vessels or tenders to Club floats or raft to any moored vessel.
  • Boat Buddy Programme
    • Please contact Victoria at for Boat Buddy permits and more information.

  • Tenders / Dinghies
      1. During Cruising Season tenders must be moored:
        (a) in the shadow of the bow;
        (b) tied parallel to the transom, provided that the tender’s length is equal to or less than the width of the vessel;
        (c) if longer than can reasonably be accommodated in the shadow of the bow or to the stern of the vessel, to a location designated for the storage of tenders, as identified on the dock plans of each Offshore Station
        (d) if designated tender storage is unavailable, then any other location that will not restrict vessel access to an available moorage location or rafting opportunity. Should space described above be unavailable and circumstances require an owner to moor a tender to the side of the owner’s vessel, then the owner must remove the side-tied tender to a space as described above as soon as it becomes available. If the owner of a side-tied tender is absent when an approaching member wishes to raft, then a member or members shall be permitted to move the side-tied tender to an available space consistent with this Rule.
      2. Should dock space and safe tender moorage become limited, members must lift all but one tender.
  • During Cruising Season
      1. For the purpose of these Offshore Stations Rules, the “Cruising Season” is from the Friday before the July 1st holiday to the Tuesday after Labour Day.
      2. No vessel shall remain at one Offshore Station longer than 21 nights out of the preceding 31 night period.
      3. Five (5) of the 21 nights may be unattended, provided the vessel is moored as directed by the Station Manager and a payment chit has been signed.
      4. No vessel shall remain unattended overnight at any time during: a holiday weekend, an Approved Cruise, or at the Cortes Bay Offshore Station.
      5. Unattended vessels may be moved at the direction of the Station Manager, or by members to facilitate effective use of dock space.
  • Off-Season
      1. On written application to the Club Liaison at Jericho Clubhouse, and approval by Rear Commodore Offshore Stations, a member who does not have permanent moorage at Jericho or Coal Harbour may moor at Offshore Stations. Moorage will be charged at one-half of the prevailing Jericho home port rate. Members will be charged based on the amount of electricity consumed via inline meters. Off-Season Outstation Moorage applications may be downloaded from the RVYC website here. In accompanyment of the completed application form, members must provide a current copy of insurance policy and valid safety check.
      2. Members with permanent moorage at Jericho or Coal Harbour may not leave their boat unattended at an Offshore Station for more than 14 consecutive nights or a maximum of 14 nights out of the preceding 31 night period, and the office at their permanent moorage location must be notified that their permanent slip is temporarily available.
  • Approved Cruises
      1. Cruises approved by the Executive Committee shall be identified by listing in the Club Yearbook or by notice posted in the Seabreeze at least 120 days prior to their commencement.
      2. Members moored at an Offshore Station at the commencement of the Commodore’s, Easter, Labour Day, Thanksgiving, Iceberg, New Year’s, and Canada Day Cruises shall unless registered for such cruise, remove their vessel prior to the beginning of the cruise. Unless permission is granted by the Cruise Chair or the Staff Captain, no exception to this rule shall be allowed, nor shall any vessel be left unattended.
      3. During Approved Cruises, the Cruise Chair may appoint one or more wharfingers. Members must co-operate with the directions of the wharfinger, who may direct vessels in any manner he or she sees fit to accommodate the needs of the cruise, including reserving space for vessels delivering cruise supplies.
  • General
    • Members:

      1. Use Club facilities at their own risk.
      2. Approaching Offshore Stations must minimise their wake. Vessels, including tenders, speed must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of the floats.
      3. Are responsible for payment for: all direct and indirect costs of repairs to Club property; for damage caused by them and/or their family, guests, pets, and vessels. The member must immediately notify the Station Manager (if any), the Mayor of the Offshore Station and the Rear Commodore Offshore Stations in writing of such damage. This allows for timely repairs and ensures safety. Operators of vessels with high freeboard are cautioned that short, vertical mooring lines combined with wave action can damage bull rails.
      4. Shall not reprimand or invade the privacy of the Offshore Station Managers.
      5. Must keep their pets on a leash at all times, both ashore and on the docks. Pets are not allowed in pavilions. Members must remove their pets’ droppings from docks and ashore.

      Members must ensure:

      1. The use of either holding tanks or onshore facilities.
      2. Children wear life jackets on the floats unless they are competent swimmers.
      3. Children are carefully supervised and specifically warned of the danger of hazardous cliffs.
      4. Generators are not operated between 2200 hrs and 0800 hrs and consideration is given to limit noise and fumes when running generators or their engines.
      5. Use of sound equipment, power tools, musical instruments, or participation in noisy activities does not infringe on the quiet enjoyment of others, particularly between 2200 and 0800 hrs.
      6. Dinghies, inflatables, jet skis, and personal watercraft are operated safely and in a courteous manner.
      7. That floatplanes use designated floats, where available.

      Advance approval of the Rear Commodore Offshore Stations is required if:

      1. Members wish to take in excess of nine guests to an offshore station.
      2. Pavilions at offshore stations are to be used by non-profit groups that are considered part of the yachting fraternity. This rule is meant to foster good public relations with organisations whose interests and objectives are shared by the club.
      3. Helicopters, hovercraft, hydrofoils, or other noisy craft are to be operated from club property or from moored vessels. Peace, quiet, and safety will be primary considerations.
      4. Members wish to cut trees, uproot plants, or pick flowers. The environment should be left undisturbed for the perpetual enjoyment of all members.

      Where possible, in order to provide adequate time for consultation, please submit requests seven days in advance.

      The following are not permitted (exceptions noted):

      1. Discharge of effluent while moored at any offshore station except when pump out facilities can be used.
      2. Commercial or business activities. Offshore stations are to be used only for social purposes.
      3. Camping.
      4. Water skiing, wake boarding, tubing or similar activities from RVYC floats.
      5. The leaving of garbage and/or recyclables except where local rules permit and designated containers are provided.
      6. Use or movement of firefighting equipment except in an emergency.
      7. Discharge of firearms, air guns, slingshots, funnelators, or other weapons except for the ceremonial cannon under the supervision of the honorary master gunner.
      8. Smoking ashore. Violation of this rule by either a member or a guest of that member shall subject the member to a one-year suspension of the use of the offshore stations. Exceptions to this penalty shall only be made at the direction of the executive committee.
      9. Open fires at any time, except under the supervision of the station manager or a member of the offshore stations committee; however barbecuing is permitted at designated sites.
      10. Permanent habitation of vessels moored at offshore stations.
  • Station Managers
    • Managers

      1. Must always be treated with courtesy when performing their assigned duties.
      2. Owe no duty to perform services for individual members. Criticism of the maintenance of a facility or the performance of the Manager or any of his or her staff should be made to the Rear Commodore Offshore Stations or the Club’s General Manager.
      3. Duties include reminding members of their obligation to register, sign chits and informing members if they are violating the rules. Violations will be reported to the RCOS.
      4. Must never be asked to mediate disputes between members.
  • Rules - Abuse Of
      1. Every member is responsible for the administration of these Rules and should tactfully advise offending members to adhere. Refusal to comply should be reported in writing to the Rear Commodore Offshore Stations. An offender may be disciplined under Bylaw 52.
      2. If a dispute arises with respect to the interpretation of these Rules and immediate resolution is required, the senior member of the Executive Committee (if present) shall have authority to arbitrate.
      3. Disputes arising from perceived ambiguity or unfairness of these Rules and recommendations for changes should be made in writing to the Rear Commodore Offshore Stations.
      4. Any activity of a member with the specific intention of circumventing these rules will be considered contrary to Club spirit and conduct unbecoming a member.
      5. Local Station rules are posted at each Offshore Station place of registration. They form a part of these rules and carry the same authority.
      6. These rules may be modified from time to time and such changes will become effective following publication in the Seabreeze and/or the Yearbook. Members should make an effort to inform themselves of the changes.
  • Tent Pads
      1. Members must register upon arrival and when leaving, note their departure date in the book provided.
      2. “Tenting” is allowed for a maximum of seven (7) consecutive nights. Bookings are for a 24-hour period from 1300-1300 hrs. No nights may be unattended.
      3. "Tenting” must be in the designated area unless written permission is given by Rear Commodore Offshore Stations.
      4. Tent pads must be booked online prior to arrival. Please visit and log on. Go to the Tent Pad calendar under OFFSHORE STATIONS and book the day you want. if you are unable to book online, please email or contact the Station Manager.
      5. Cooking is only permitted in approved cooking areas.
      6. No outside cooking, open flames, BBQs, or fires are permitted in the tenting area.
      7. “Tenting” is not permitted on official Club cruises unless permission is given by the Cruise Chair or Rear Commodore Offshore Stations.

      Excerpted from the 2016 Yearbook.

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