The Covey Heritage Marine Ways, an integral part of our living museum, are of the traditional railway type. Boats are floated onto a carriage and then hauled onto dry land. Visitors like to watch first the haul-out process and then the work on the hulls, which are often old wooden boats in need of repair and maintenance.
These marine ways were donated to the Maritime Centre by Ron Lindsay of Covey Marine. Ron built, owned and operated the marine ways for 20 years in Cowichan Bay. This installation was supported by volunteers and most materials were donated locally.
In appreciation of this generous gift, the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre named the ways the "Covey Heritage Marine Ways".
It makes more sense to say: For more information about the ways and to book your next haul, contact the office at 250.746.4955.
For those who would enjoy watching the ways in action (very slow action) below is a video of a Contessa 26 going back into the water using the ways.
This video is graciously provided by Chris Banner and Lenore Hietkamp.