Hi Connemara, glad you found the website useful/entertaining. Yup, we tend to do fun quite a bit!
. We spend last summer & the summer before living aboard
at Westhaven Marina in the centre of Auckland, which is handy to supermarkets, chandleries, haulouts etc. There are other marinas
around, it just depends which is most convenient for you and your family
I wouldn't buy a slip - if you give Westhaven notice in advance of when you need the slip, you can rent off them long term without any problems. They do fill up quickly over summer when the cruisers arrive down from the Islands, but you can usually get something. To liveaboard on a 12 meter berth, it cost NZ$22 per day, which includes water
& power. When you go back to Canada
, you can move the boat out on to the pile moorings in the marina and only pay NZ$ 8 per day, but you can't live aboard. If you buy a slip, as well as the upfront purchase price
, you are chardged annual fees
of about NZ$3000 per year! We rented a pile mooring
for a couple of years, then rented a berth for 10 years with no problems. Westhaven's website (www.westhaven.co,nz
) has a link on their bookings page with all their prices on.
Westhaven is a convenient place to live and to sail from, but is very large and a bit impersonal, but you get to know people when you keep meeting them at the laundry
block & internet
room, and there are heaps of yacht clubs there which welcome visitors.
Let me know if you need any more info,
Happy New Year!