I just bought my boat to the US after 8 years in NS and Newfoundland
. Summer only, not live aboard.
If you want some good advice I would call the Lewisporte Yacht Club and ask for Peter Watkins. He is very accessible and will give you the straight scoop on Newfoundland.
I would start here to get the lay of the land:
Cruising Guide to the Nova Scotia
Cruising Guide to Newfoundland,
Cruising Guide to The Labrador,
and the Cruising Guide to the Gulf of St. Lawrence
Pilot Press - Cruising Guides to Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
You will really, really need at least TWO good reliable sources of on board heat. Think some form of diesel
heater and/or wood stove. Even if you have shore power
it can go out for too long. I have an Espar, and it might be reasonable to carry a spare heater. Parts
, even if available in Canada
, can take 10 days to arrive. Airports can easily be shut down for a few days running. For an Espar it is pretty easy to change out the entire heater and then fix the spare.
BTW, we DO over winter, in Delaware. On each of our boats we use the Espar, but have a kero buldhead mount back up.
- up there you really talk about "bays" as the region. The North and West coasts are not really amenable to in-water over wintering. They get hard freezes. The South coast coast harbors are pretty much ice free, but there are fewer amenities, no marinas. Also you are much closer to St. Pierre if you have to scoot across.
I watch the weather
up there (Bonavista/Gander) and it seems that for the past few years it is pretty decent until Christmas
, then gets ugly until mid-June. I agree, probably no worse, or maybe a little better than the Northern Main coast.
There are a couple of pretty good marinas on Conception Bay, which backs up to St. Johns, the only real "city" in Newfoundland. I don't know these marinas but you could look into the Royal Newfoundland for a start. The one time I checked they required you to take your mast
down for winter storage.
I know of no marinas on either Trinity or Bonavista Bay. I did keep my boat on the hard
at Bonavista for two or three years. Never, ever, ever again.
On Notre Dame Bay there is Lewisporte Marina which is a first class facility with a travel lift
, floating docks, nice club house, and an international community in the summer. I do believe that they have had a very few boats over winter in the water
. But at least one of them sank leaving them a problem so that may not be allowed there anymore.
I know of nothing else remotely suitable on the North or West coast
On the South coast you have Burgeo, which had a somewhat working marine lift
6 years ago. Burgeo has a road that connects to the Trans Canadian Highway. Then there are no highways until you get to Harbor Breton.
The Bruin pennisula may be a good option for you. On the Fortune Bay side Fortune has the St Pierre ferry
, and thus is an all weather harbor. Not a clue about dockage. Grand Bank is also an all weather harbor. My experience there was that it has very meager amenities but at least you are in town and there are food
On the Placentia Bay side you have Bruin and Marystown. Never been to Bruin, and to Marystown only by car. I would check out Marystown pretty hard. There is a big industrial dock
there that may or may not be active depending upon contracts. Can't speak to lifts in either. I would be shocked to find anything on the South coast with water and/or electricity to the boat.
If you are really and truly adventurous you could try either Francious or Grey River. Both have some dockage, one has a small floating dock
and may be your best bet to liveaboard with power and water available nearby. But, they are each landlocked communities of about 200 folks. They have semi-daily ferry service
In Cape Brenton, Nova Scotia
I am familiar with:
Yacht club...small old lift, no live aboard
Dobbins(sp?) in Sydney
, across the harbor from town. Not obvious they allow liveaboard and no local stores anyway.
Baddeck - don't know, but it is a nice small town and marina is in the center of town
St. Peters - no winter liveaboard
Dundee - closed about a year ago
That's it for there.
Others here know more about Halifax