Boats over 30 feet are no longer welcome at Newcastle Island Park in Nananimo harbour. The anchorage has been completely filled with mooring
buoys at $12 a night , with "Boats over 30 feet not allowed " written on each, just the kind of cruisers who will be willing to spend $12 a night for what their anchors can provide for free, and far more quietly. Also written on each is "Not to be used in winds over 30 knots or over 55MPH". Guess which people will choose? If the winds come up overnight, you will be required to move in the night , or to another harbour, if the rest of the anchorage is full.
There was a sign on the Newcastle dock
saying" Boats over 9 meters prohibited" The have painted over the 9 meters part, but that could change any time.
So, now if you visit Nanaimo , and the anchorage is full, you can tie loosely to the hard plastic buoys, and listen to them pound your hull
overnight , or tie tightly to them, and listen to the chain rasping up and down in them all night, and pay $12 a night for the sleep loss.
is no longer allowed in Newcastle Island park, and there is no room left to do so anyway.
As charges only apply after 6PM , expect a huge rush of boats, abandoning the buoys at 6 pm sharp, to fill an already overcrowded anchorage, and the resulting collisions in the night.
Also written on each buoy is " Sponsered by the BC Yacht Brokers Association "
Perhaps we should all call them up and ask if they plan to sponser the screwing up of more BC anchorages
Boaters are only allowed to tie their dinghies at the down town dock
one day a week. One live aboard, who had to go to dialisis three times a week, was told he was only allowed to tie his dinghy
in town one day a week.
Does this sound like the kind of people you want to give your cruising funds to, or what you want to encourage?