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Old 30-07-2015, 06:40   #1
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Liveaboard in the Atlantic provinces

I obviously did not make myself clear in my last post. If anybody out there knows of year round liveaboard marinas, yacht clubs, private docks or harbours in the new Brunswick, nova scotia pei or newfoundland.
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Old 30-07-2015, 07:26   #2
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I obviously did not make myself clear in my last post. If anybody out there knows of year round liveaboard marinas, yacht clubs, private docks or harbours in the new Brunswick, nova scotia pei or newfoundland.
Any help would be much appreciated

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I don't know where you live or how familiar you are with Atlantic Canada,but it's very cold & stormy from Dec-April here. Not saying you can't survive,but...
I live on Grand Manan Isl.,mouth of Bay of Fundy.The Bay itself doesn't freeze,due to tidal action,but many harbours do. Water temp drops to 0C-2C (32-34F). Floating ice cakes near rivers & in harbours.
The only marinas I am aware of in B of F area are on the St.John river,& they pull all floats out for winter freeze up.
Not sure what is available on E coast of N.S.(Mahone Bay to Halifax).
The Northumberland Straight (mouth of St. Lawrence R.) freezes hard & thick between E.coast of N.B. & PEI.
Year round harbours are well sheltered but are commercial/fishing-no marina type facilities.

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You obviously have never live in northern Quebec where the temperatures reach -45 degrees Celsius on a good day, but thanks anyway
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You obviously have never live in northern Quebec where the temperatures reach -45 degrees Celsius on a good day, but thanks anyway
Ha Ha !! Saint John Harbour has no small boat berthage,wicked swell/ run & lots of ice blocks coming down river.
Halifax would be your best bet. Murphys Wharf,or that area.Right downtown.

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Agree that Halifax is your best bet. Saint John has marinas above the reversing falls, but all haul their docks in the autumn. Then there's spring flooding issues too...

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Old 30-07-2015, 17:32   #6
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No liveaboards allowed at Halifax Waterfront Marina. I can't find any online information indicating that Halifax area yacht clubs have year round people living on the water. Still looking.
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Armdale yacht club
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No liveaboards allowed at Halifax Waterfront Marina. I can't find any online information indicating that Halifax area yacht clubs have year round people living on the water. Still looking.
Halifax, North West Arm, Armdale Yacht Club.

Many members do in-water storage. They have bubblers: minimum to no ice. What it takes to get a spot there, I don't know. But it's a starting point.


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Re: Liveaboard in the Atlantic provinces

I did this search about 8 months ago thinking I was facing a work transfer to St Johns. I ended up in Ottawa instead (which, coincidentally is the most frustrating place I've ever lived for large cruising boats).

I know the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club as well as a couple of other facilities near St Johns advertise the possibility of year round in water boat storage. Might be worth looking in to.

I wouldn't stress too much about the winter weather in the maritimes, I've lived aboard year round in Toronto, which on average is warmer than the East Coast, the winters are cooler because it doesn't have the moderating effect of the Atlantic.

A couple of bubblers, some shrink wrap, diesel, coal or wood heat and you're off to the races, if you can find a marina that will take you.

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Re: Liveaboard in the Atlantic provinces

Although I'm not familiar with that area of Canada, look for a power plant on a river. The excess hot water dumped by the power plant keeps the water open all winter. Here on lake ontario, there is a liveaboard community in Oakville based on the Lakeview Power plant...aka "the four sisters".
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He he he, haven't been up river in a few years Hamburking? The four sisters were demolished in 2006.

Joking aside- its an excellent point, one of the Nuke plants on the north shore has a marina buy it, can't remember which plant.

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He he he, haven't been up river in a few years Hamburking? The four sisters were demolished in 2006.

Joking aside- its an excellent point, one of the Nuke plants on the north shore has a marina buy it, can't remember which plant.

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Re: Liveaboard in the Atlantic provinces

Dartmouth Yacht Club and Armdale both have winter liveaboards or have had in the past. Most marinas insurance restrictions won't allow them to have either marina slips or boats in the water during the winter months (normally Oct-May). Curious though why you would want to live aboard in the maritimes unless you were working there. Much more pleasant further south!
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I have considered indoor heated storage here in Muskegon Michigan. Entirely possible. The marina has heat, power, water, toilets, showers. Nearby fast & good food. Live aboard in total comfort in your Hawaiian shirt.
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