Had cause to stop off in Nanaimo a week or so ago, had a mechanical issue which was serious enough to need attention rather than pushing on. Its the first time Ive been there for a couple of years, more or less since these buoys were installed. I arrived at 10 at night, the weather
wasn't too good and I found it quite difficult to get a spot to drop anchor
which was sheltered given the amount of room taken up by the buoy field and the number of boats in the anchorage (most of which were unlit).
In the morning I had a look around and there was no one using the buoys but they bock off over 50% (estimate) of the area available.
Normally I would have stayed in the anchorage for a couple of days but due the limited area available and to proximity of the other unattended boats I got the parts
I needed and left straight away to find a more secluded anchorage in which to do the repairs
On the rare occasions when I drive by I have a look to see if anyone is using them, even in the summer i hardly ever see anyone there.
Is there any update on whether they have been a success or are they costing more in maintenance
(thats assuming someone actually maintains them) than any revenue they generate.