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Old 21-06-2009, 22:36   #1
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Wow, we have finally done it! Gone out and purchased a boat and moved aboard. We are docked in Richmond now, but too far from good sailing waters. Let us know if you have any good moorage secrets, we are hoping to be back in Vancouver or at least closer!

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Old 21-06-2009, 22:45   #2
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Welcome and congrats,
Don't have any answers for you but just wanted to say welcome to the forum.
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Old 22-06-2009, 00:50   #3
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Yep, a HUGE CONGRATS!!! I hope to be in the same position soon!! I've been to Vancouver many times and I loved that city!! Keep us posted on how it all is working out!!
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Old 22-06-2009, 01:31   #5
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Welcome to the wonderful world of boat ownership....no tips on mooring...sorry.
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Old 22-06-2009, 20:24   #6
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Aloha and Welcome aboard!
You're near some great places to sail. What boat?
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Old 23-06-2009, 07:07   #7
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Wow, we have finally done it! ..... Let us know if you have any good moorage secrets, we are hoping to be back in Vancouver or at least closer!

Anna & Roberta
Snug Cove marina often has space; then Mannion Bay just costs a couple of anchors and chain: on Bowen Is. Horseshoe Bay by ferry or dinghy. Vanier Park or False Creek is not far and the fisherman's dock may have space open during the season, from now on.

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Old 25-06-2009, 15:17   #8
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Congrats, ladies! We're probably a year or so behind you. I'm from Vancouver, BTW, so I have a particular fondness for that city. It's wonderful.
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thanks for the congrats! the boat is a cal 29, fairly roomy enough for two people. it has been a week living on board and a blast. Dealing with a little condensation on the ceiling in the mornings, not sure about that one yet. But put up a tarp and noticed the boat got a LOT warmer. Have yet to figure out how the holding tank works - yikes! It keeps us running to the washrooms here at the marina unfortunately. Cat is still a little spooked, teehee!
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thanks for the congrats! the boat is a cal 29, fairly roomy enough for two people. it has been a week living on board and a blast..... But put up a tarp and noticed the boat got a LOT warmer... Cat is still a little spooked, teehee!
The only time I've lived that close to people was in Tokyo in a place the bath and toilet worked perfectly. Once you get out sailing you are busy enough the space opens up nicely. The cat may have to get used to the cat-pit; shouldn't take long with the litter box there. And a few ropes left dangling in case cat tricks land it in the river. They climb back aboard so fast they scarcely get wet at all.

That must be economical living, I envy you. Do you bicycle, too ?
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Congratulations on taking the plunge.

I think that you will find downtown Vanc quite difficult to find live-aboard space, though with such a small boat, you might get lucky.
I don't think that the fish-docks at GI accept new live-aboards any longer. Those that are there are grandfathered in.
Anchoring in False Creek isn't a permanent option these days either, as the VPD are (fairly) actively towing vessels that overstay their welcome. Guess they are trying to keep the riff-raff out until after the Olympics.
Legal live-aboards in False Creek pretty much consist of Heather Civic Marina, Spruce Harbour Live-aboard Co-op (where we are), Pier 36 on GI, and False Creek Yacht Club. On the down-town side there is Harbour Ferries which is likely the last remaining spot there. I am not familiar with the North Van live-aboard situation and you are likely more familiar with the Richmond situation than I am.

Snug Cove is a wonderful option if living on Bowen Island is your cup-of-tea. I think that you have to leave in the summer though to make space for the transients. Mannion Bay - We were there last weekend and it is crowded with permanently moored boats and is really rocky and rolly. My wife actually professed a touch of sea-sickness after a day on the hook there. But don't let that deter you - there is definitely a vibrant (if perhaps a touch "unique") community in Mannion Bay.
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Have yet to figure out how the holding tank works - yikes! It keeps us running to the washrooms here at the marina unfortunately. Cat is still a little spooked, teehee!
Yep, your diving into the wonderful world of living aboard! This is funny thing I've noticed, liveaboards become experts in the art of sanitation/holding tanks/heads. Go to any dock party and sooner or later a conversation will develop about the boats potti plumbing, notes will be taken, and even a tour of the latest plumbing addition will ensue. We may even brag about the type of hose we used (shields 101 black w/green stripe)
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Thanks Anna & Roberta!

Hello and congrats,

I am a newer than newbie and am sitting here (on land) pondering purchasing a first boat and living aboard w/a cat in the Vancouver area. I was feeling somewhat deterred and then came across your post and got a boost of 'the possible'. I'd enjoy chatting with you if you'd like to ....I am also wondering which Richmond marina you've found to accept live aboards?

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