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Old 08-01-2012, 09:42   #1
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Atlantic Canada - Haul and Storage

I'm looking for cost estimates and locations for haul and winter storage in Atlantic Canada (or perhaps Maine). Our boat is ~40' and weighs ~28,000#.

Da plan: We're up here at the top of the Great Lakes. We plan to start the full-time cruise in a year or two. But instead of rushing through the St. Lawrence and Atlantic Canada we're looking at spending a couple of years exploring the area. This would necessitate hauling out somewhere in Maritime Canada (or perhaps Maine) the first year, and probably NFLD the second.

Looking for info on good yards and cost estimates from those in the know.

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Old 13-01-2012, 09:47   #2
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Re: Atlantic Canada - Haul and storage

Dartmouth Yacht Club is pretty acceptable, with a travel lift that will more than accomodate your vessel. Additionally, they have jack stands you can rent. There are people in the yard year-round, and a surrounding security gate.

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Re: Atlantic Canada - Haul and storage

In the Maritimes there are plenty of places to haul and store a boat.
Starting with one in the Gaspe and 3 or 4 places in the Bay of Chaleur.
Another large facility on Ile Madame in the strait of Canso (Cape Breton) and also a few smaller yards in Baddeck in the Bras dor Lake. In Nova Scotia there is East River Marine (new) and also South Shore Marine.
The best place of all is Lewisport in Newfoundland.

Get a copy of Yachtpilot's "Down East Circle Route" guide which covers the trip you are planning--St Lawrence to Maine. It will give you a list of places with the phone numbers etc. Then for Newfoundland and Cape Breton get their Cruising Guide to the Canadian Maritimes.

There is easily enough to see and do in Atlantic Canada for 2 seasons
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Re: Atlantic Canada - Haul and storage

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Netteypatch.
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Re: Atlantic Canada - Haul and storage

Dundee Marina in the Bras D'or lakes has a lift and jack stands for you.
Souris PEI lifts large fishing trawlers and various sail/power boats nearly twice your size, I don't know if they have stands to rent though.
St Paul de L'isle aux noix, just after Montreal and up the beautiful Richelieu river can handle you just fine too, they have stands for rent as well.
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Re: Atlantic Canada - Haul and storage

Originally Posted by svquintana View Post
Dundee Marina in the Bras D'or lakes has a lift and jack stands for you.
This info about the Dundee Marina is out of date. Dundee Marina ceased operations this spring and the docks and property have been sold. The company has concentrated their resources on their operation in Baddeck.

The Dobson Yacht Club in Sydney Harbour has room to store boats (they store about 110 each winter) and a Travel Lift good for a 50' boat at 40,000 lbs. and up to 8' of draft: Dobson Yacht Club Facilities | Launching & Haulout There is staff onsite year round. You'll have to supply your own jackstands or cradle though. Fees are listed on the website.

The Dobson sponsors a website with loads of information of Anchorages, Harbours and Marinas in and around Cape Breton Island (including the Bras d'Or lakes): Cruising Cape Breton | Introduction
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Re: Atlantic Canada - Haul and Storage

Dartmouth Yacht Club is a fully equipped facility, and the location can't be beat. I have been a member for 4 years and am very happy there. Contact them directly if you're interested. Google Dartmouth Yacht Club for info
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Re: Atlantic Canada - Haul and Storage

An interesting thread for us as we plan to start our circ in a couple of years with a trip down the St. Lawrence, to cruise the East Coast all summer and then to overwinter in Nova Scotia prepatory to crossing the Atlantic the next spring.

Whether we moor, dock or haul out for the winter will depend on what needs doing and how severe local conditions can get.

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