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Old 09-07-2015, 14:37   #16
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Re: Living aboard in greater Vancouver area

I agree with much of TrentePieds' analysis (other than the Vancouver being on an Island thing. There are about 10 streets going into Downtown with no bridge on them).

Victoria is certainly an easier place to be a live-aboard and Sidney even more so. It depends on your work, though. The cruising is also better around Sidney as the Gulf Islands are right there.

If your job is in demand, then getting a work visa is do-able, but the paperwork can be pretty annoying. Still, it's a country of immigrants so it can't be that bad. We'd love to have you!
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Old 10-07-2015, 03:40   #17
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Thanks again for your input, and I suppose I had better paint a more complete picture. I am a Canadian citizen by birth, and also hold Irish and UK citizenship. I trained as a diagnostic medical radiographer in London Ontario, but moved to South Africa on graduation. I am currently working as a radiographer in Northern Ireland, and will have my Canadian certification completed before moving to B.C. and my first chopice would be work as a radiographer in either the public or private sector.( Thanks for the definition of Pacific north west, I always thought it was sort of anything from Washington right on up ). My wife is a senior care assistant who has specialised in palliative care, currently working both in the local hospice and in the community for Marie Curie. We can both adapt to other employment, and have had our own bussiness, but would prefer to work at our chosen professions. We wouldn't have a huge amount of cash, probably around $200,000, and intend to work for as long as we're able. I'm rapidly leaning towards Victoria, because having lived in several larger cities and not being a fan of a "modern urban existence", Vancouvers downsides aren't likely to balanced. Our main priorities our the same as most peoples, a bit of social interaction in a peaceful surrounding where you feel secure and comfortable, and your "cost of living" doesn't translate as everything you can possibly earn, your able to accumulate a bit and plan for whatever takes your fancy. We don't have enough sailing experience to handle anything large enough to make a comfortable liveabord option, a cruiser or houseboat would be more suitable, I have a power boat coastal waters certificate, and would like to get some Canadian training as well, usually helps with insurance and credibility. We still have a few things to resolve before this can be achieved, but the more advance knowledge we can gain the better, thanks again for your comments, and who knows ...
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Old 10-07-2015, 08:44   #18
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Re: Living aboard in greater Vancouver area

@ Chuck Colquehoun:

Well, why didn't you say so before ;-0)?

I dare say that you are already aware, then, that we Canucks have a damn good health care system, and while, obviously, we, like all others, must struggle with assignment of priorities in our federal and provincial budgets, health care is here to stay, health care is a growing field, and our total number of healthcare jobs are nicely and evenly spread throughout the province in proportion to the density of population.

Both you and your wife would find it useful to begin to follow the discipline-specific journals and to begin to explore the possibilities for obtaining membership in your respective professional organizations located here. If you do that, I'm sure that employment opportunities will reveal themselves, and given that you ARE one of us already, the entire visa/permit boondoggle simply evaporates.

Remember also that we are "education heavy". Our universities are many, and some, particularly University of British Columbia, are world class with all that that means in your field. So I return to my previous comment. Pop over and have a reconnoitre, right here, right where the action is.

A further consideration is that given that you find a job at all, the dollar considerations become puny. In both your cases, a job will pay "enough" — enuff that your standard of living would be considerably better than I perceive it could possibly be in Derry.

As for accommodation, consider this: Commuting distances can be long, but I go the 150 kilometres from home to boat, including crossing two major bridges, in an hour and a half. That's because the Trans-Canada Highway leading right across Vancouver is simply superb. Vancouver IS an Island. When Chris Wyckham said it is not, it is because he was thinking only about Vancouver proper, the city itself. What we locals think of when we hear "Vancouver" is the entire metropolitan area including the transriverine suburbs and "The North Shore", the suburbs on the mountainside on the far side of our glorious harbour in the western-most of which suburbs TrentePieds lies.

Travel time from boat to ski-lift is 20 minutes. In some early springs you can ski in the early forenoon, have lunch, pop down to the boat and go sailing in the afternoon!

So, the practicalities: You can set yourself an OWNERSHIP budget for a car of ahundredbuxamonth (operating extra), buy yourself a GOOD second hand car (as I do) for twennyfivehunnert bux. After two years, if its still good, keep it, and you win. If it's not, then simply throw it way and find another. And you win again! So that's the transport/commuting problem outta the way. With the money saved going to pay for moorage for the boat :-)

You can find yourself a good two bedroom condominium-apartment for fifty thousand and a one bedroom for forty. "Conco-fees" mebbe 150-225 buxamonth. Electricity, say 50 buxamonth. Not in Vancouver itself, of course, but in the distant transriverine suburbs. And as the metropolitan population pressure grows, supply/demand (Economics 101) will ensure that even a junker condo will keep its market value. Subject to the usual caveats, of course.

S'pose your found a job in the newly expanded, and tip-top modern, cancer-oriented hospital in Abbotsford, halfway up the Valley? Bob'd be yer uncle! And as for the boat: You can pick up a C&C 27 any day of the week for five grand. A Mirage 27 for the same. Go for the Mirage :-)

If you come exploring, gimme a heads-up. I'll take you and your wife out for a day-sail in Howe Sound and buy you dinner :-)

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You can find yourself a good two bedroom condominium-apartment for fifty thousand and a one bedroom for forty. "Conco-fees" mebbe 150-225 buxamonth. Electricity, say 50 buxamonth. Not in Vancouver itself, of course, but in the distant transriverine suburbs. And as the metropolitan population pressure grows, supply/demand (Economics 101) will ensure that even a junker condo will keep its market value. Subject to the usual caveats, of course.

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Not very likely anywhere close to Vancouver.
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@mitiempo

As it happens, I'm in close touch with these things and the amounts cited are actual recent settlement amounts for units with which I am intimately familiar :-)!

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Hardly normal, even for a dump in the highest priced housing market in Canada.


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You are absolutely correct if you wish to live in False Creek or Gastown, or even in darkest Metrotown. Couldn't even do it in Langley. But you CAN do it in the eastern reaches of the Fraser Valley.

Two bedrooms, recently renovated with excellent kitchen cupboards and appliances, renovated bathroom, 2 blocks from shopping, 1 block from high school, View of the mountains, went for $60K two weeks ago.

How many do you want ;-0)?

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But you CAN do it in the eastern reaches of the Fraser Valley.

Two bedrooms, recently renovated with excellent kitchen cupboards and appliances, renovated bathroom, 2 blocks from shopping, 1 block from high school, View of the mountains, went for $60K two weeks ago.

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@ mitiempo #23

Now why would I want to muck up the supply/demand relationships :-0)??


But talk to a "realtor". If he's worth his salt, he'll know. But personally I stay MILES away from people licensed under RESA.

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Dear Chuck,

It is a pity that you are not ready. My yacht hull was built by a man from Finland who became my friend and is now deceased. I regard him as the best builder of cold moulded yachts that walked the earth. They are really racing craft at less weight than fiberglass, and supposed to be good in light winds.

I bought mine on the dry-land storage from an owner who had lost his way with it for $2,000 and as the amount of work and cost of materials adds up. I keep my eye on this one which was originally asking $45,000. now reduced to $27,000. If it goes any lower I will be wishing I could jump ship.

Sailboats: 33' Tuulos Custom Yachts Sloop - Listing #: 4013

Sincerely Brian.
Thanks for the link Brian, certainly seems like a lot of very nice boat for the money, although I'm not a very experienced judge, and a survey may reveal why she hasn't been snapped up. Sure looks well presented though, and would be a brilliant boat for my wife and I. Also gives me a good indication of what can be had by the patient buyer in the Vancouver market, at first glance cheaper than here on these islands. Appreciate your response, cheers for now, Chuck.
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Great insights and comments TrentePieds. I'm certain Chuck Colquhoun will appreciate them.

As an ex-Montrealer I like your ID.

Having worked internationally in the economic development field since 1980, I am planning to return to Canada, more specifically to Vancouver-Victoria, BC area, close to Seattle, WA where my wife is from, sometime in mid-2016, to buy a 25-30 ft sailboat, to sail and to live on-board. I'd like to keep in touch.
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@TamerK, #26

Thank you for the compliment :-)

As you may imagine, "TrentePieds" derives from the fact that our little ship is just that.

Trente pieds is, IMO, just, if only just, big enuff for cruises of several weeks', or even a few months', duration, while still small enuff that the maintenance is within the physical abilities of a man and his maid, and the ongoing care and feeding can be afforded on a modest retirement income.

I should be very pleased to keep in touch. I believe there is a facility on this "board" for sending private messages. I've never used it, so I'll have explore the protocol, but if you will send me your e-mail addy in a private message I will respond.

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