I’ve had my sailboat, a 1988 Catalina 22, on Lake Ontario since the middle of August. I bought this used boat in July and after some preparation, finally got it into the water 5 weeks ago. Therefore I am in no hurry to take it out. The weather does turn very cold here in the northwest corner of upstate New York, so I will likely pull it out of the lake in about a month.
Some people pull their boats much earlier, and yesterday was the day when the yacht club brought in a crane to pull those boats from the water and set them on cradles. In preparation for the lift, a boat owner will remove personal possessions, food, and boat gear that shouldn’t sit in the closed up vessel until April. Then the mast is removed and stored on long racks in a covered pavilion.
My boat is relatively small at 22 feet. I’ll use the trailer to pull it out in mid-October.
The pull-out process was well underway when I arrived at the marina around noon on Saturday. These photos show how a boat goes from sitting in the water to sitting in its cradle.