I know many people who lived aboard full time in Nanaimo, before their being targeted and kicked out by the harbour Nazis there, so it's absolute elitist bullshit to say the boats were all abandoned.
I've never had any problem finding room to anchor
There is no shortage of abandoned and derelict boats cluttering our marinas
, taking up space that could be used by active cruisers , and thus, according to some , should be kicked out to make room. The difference is they have more wealthy owners, and are thus considered first class citizens, as opposed to second class citizens who can't afford exorbitant moorage rates. Very few boats were anchored out full time before moorage rates went thru the roof, due to blind greed on the part of marina operators and the ever increasing supply of bureaucrats governing them. If marina operators and bureucrats want welfare ,they should be honest about it ,and apply for it at the welfare office , rather that try to extort it out of the not so rich.
I find Beneteaus and Hunters a far greater eyesore than many well worked traditional craft. "Eysore" is totally subjective.
This is definitly a suggestion that the poor be forced into the ranks of the homeless to make way for the occasional convenience of the rich. I don't believe that people who live aboard and fit out and maintain their boats at anchor, spend less money
in a year than a transient spends in a few days. I don't think the rich have the right to increase the ranks of the homeless to enhance their convenience for a few days a year. I don't think that countries which make the convenience of the rich a higher priority than allowing the poor to survive comfortably, are better places to live. I don't believe forcing more people into homelessness will make Canada
a better, safer and more secure place for anyone.
It would be incredibly naive to believe that the two week expemption will last forever. This is the thin edge of the wedge to gradually move toward anchoring fees
for overnight stays. I've been told that the port of Nanaimo is now run by a private corporation.
Secondary treatment is nothing but a political and dead cat smokescreen which does nothing to reduce sewage in our waters.
The Harbour Nazis have stated that they don't accept composting heads, which eliminate all overboard
discharge, which proves conclusively that their goal is to maximise harassment, rather than to find solutions.
I've read the Nanaimo Harbour Nazis new rules . They consider "abandoned" any boat which is not occupied for more that three days in a row , which means that liveaboards are not allowed to go visit family
members or friends for more than three days a year. The rest of the year they are under virtual "house arrest" for the hienous crime of being poor . If you are anchored in Nanaimo, and have to leave for more than three days, they can sieze your boat.They state that they can come aboard your boat anytime they please, including when you are in bed
getting it on with your wife , for an inspection
, without any kind of search warrant. This violates the charter
of rights. They believe they are above the law.
How many of you always have someone aboard your boat while cruising, 24-7 , and never have the entire crew ashore? Does that make your boat an "Abandoned boat?"
Every dollar spent in Nanaimo is a vote for ever increasing restrictions on cruising freedom. Nananimo makes $millions on cruisers passing thru every year. Any form of boycot could easily knock several million off that figure. If you won't, then you lose your bitching rights when it starts to cost you to anchor in many more BC harbours, and when the rules become so onerous that eventually even people in your income
bracket are barred from the cruising lifestyle..
The skippers who were handed threats to sieze their boats by the Harbour Nazis last summer were transients who were in port only a few days. It's a big brother power grab, plain and simple.