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Old 12-05-2021, 17:47   #1
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Moorage in Greater Vancouver Area

Good day!

New to sailing and curious as to whether there is a central site through which you can look for annual moorage.

Is it just a matter of calling every marina individually or do forum members have any tips?

Thanks!
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Old 12-05-2021, 18:55   #2
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Re: Moorage in Greater Vancouver Area

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Re: Moorage in Greater Vancouver Area

It sure would be nice if there was a central source, especially with marinas being mostly full all the time, and there being waiting lists, especially for seasonal moorage.
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Re: Moorage in Greater Vancouver Area

Most marinas in the Vancouver area have waiting lists. Some very long. You may wish to secure moorage BEFORE you buy a boat, lest you get stuck with nowhere to put it.

You might also like to know that if you intend to sail mainly in the Gulf Islands, the elapsed time for getting there is even steven twixt crossing the Straits in your own boat and crossing by ferry if the boat is kept in a place like, say, Maple Bay near Duncan.

If you haven't moorage, and don't want to cross the Straits to find it, you might like to contact Cooper Boating on Mast Tower Road, Grandville Island. They can get you sailing in no time flat :-)!

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Re: Moorage in Greater Vancouver Area

Thanks for the great info!
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Re: Moorage in Greater Vancouver Area

Yes, moorage at marinas in/close to Vancouver is tough. A little further afield might be easier.

Try:
Union Steamship marina, Bowen Island
Shelter Island Marina (Fraser River)
Reid Point Marina (Burnaby N/Port Moody)

There usually is better availability over on the island. Not very helpful if you're in Vancouver.
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Re: Moorage in Greater Vancouver Area

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Re: Moorage in Greater Vancouver Area

Moorage close to Vancouver is just about impossible to get. I'd be surprised if Reid Point had any spaces. Shelter Island in Richmond may have. Also Captain's Cove in Ladner. I'd try those.

The Fraser is good in one way that, if you keep your boat there in the mostly fresh water, any saltwater growth on the bottom will die and slough off - and then, when you go sailing out in the salt chuck the fresh water growth will similarly disappear. It's great for keeping your bottom clean! On the other hand, it's a long way, and particularly a long time early in the season when the river is in full flow, to get home from outside in the straits.

If all else fails, there are two "River Roads" in the Fraser delta: one in Richmond and one in Delta. Take a drive, end to end, on each. There are quite a few little marinas, remnants of the commercial fishing industry, on each of these roads. You might find something in one of them. Note: some of them are pretty scuzzy
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Re: Moorage in Greater Vancouver Area

If you intend to be in the Vancouver area for years to come, it may be worth considering club membership. An up front membership cost of say, C$8000, is recouped after 5 years for a 36' boat because the annual moorage rate at a club is considerably lower than at a commercial marina. As well, there are the added benefits of social events, info sessions, work shed, better security, club cruises, etc.
But the wait list may still be 1-2 years long for a moorage slip.

Here is my list from 2013/2014 for marinas:
Lynnwood Marina Lois 6049844272

PEDDER Bay Marina*
Annual Moorage
Annual moorage is (36' @ $6.70/ft/mo.):*
$2,894.40
Monthly moorage
Monthly moorage is $342.72

Ladysmith:??

Bowen Island Marina Annual Moorage
Annual moorage is due in advance
Total length of moorage is boat length plus 3 ft for movement
Annual moorage costs are: $8.90 per ft per month plus GST
Hydro is extra.* (Overnight rates are $5/30A vs $2/15A)
Moorage per month Length of boat only 36 (3ft for movement added):
$341.25
Moorage per year:
$4,095.00
HST:
$491.40
Moorage total: ->
$4,586.40

Union Steamships:*
Yearly: 36ft x $ 0.35 / ft / day = $4599 per year + 5%
$4,599
Power is metered at $0.10/ kwh
Summer Monthly (May 1-Oct 14) is $0.80 / ft / day
0.80 x 36 x 167 days = $4809.60

Milltown: $14.75. -> *$531/mo. -> $6,372 annual

Moorage - 2013
Richmond Morray Channel $400/mo*
6042733977
Richmond Resort slip 36'
604 868 7447
CL:2013Aug23

Ladner*
40' $225 excl. Power gated complex
40 foot $320/mo incl. H2O+pwr*
CL:2013Sept15*

Deep Cove $2260 6 month for 36'
CL:2013Sept03

Gabriola Island - Degnen Bay
$7 -> $252/mo. -> $3024/yr.

Nanaimo
anchoragemarinavillage.com
$8.95/lin.ft.*36=$322.20/mo. -> $3866.40/yr.* *
stonesmarina.com*2507534232
$100 waitlist deposit
$9.50 6 months in advance
$10.30 3 months in advance
$11 monthly in advance
$10.30*36*3=$1112.40

Schooner Cove Greg*2504685364

Porpoise Bay*sechelt.ca
6048851986*
$4.50 3 months in advance
$4.50*36*3=$486
Gibsons Marina $3k; years-long wait
6048868686*

Blaine Semiahmoo $250+power
Call or text:*509 679 6541‎

FWIW: I'd join a club and wait for a club slip. Meanwhile, moor the boat at Sointula, BC.
Lorraine Williams 250973654. C$2000/annum.
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Re: Moorage in Greater Vancouver Area

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If you intend to be in the Vancouver area for years to come, it may be worth considering club membership. An up front membership cost of say, C$8000, is recouped after 5 years for a 36' boat because the annual moorage rate at a club is considerably lower than at a commercial marina. As well, there are the added benefits of social events, info sessions, work shed, better security, club cruises, etc.
But the wait list may still be 1-2 years long for a moorage slip.

Here is my list from 2013/2014 for marinas:
Lynnwood Marina Lois 6049844272

PEDDER Bay Marina*
Annual Moorage
Annual moorage is (36' @ $6.70/ft/mo.):*
$2,894.40
Monthly moorage
Monthly moorage is $342.72

Ladysmith:??

Bowen Island Marina Annual Moorage
Annual moorage is due in advance
Total length of moorage is boat length plus 3 ft for movement
Annual moorage costs are: $8.90 per ft per month plus GST
Hydro is extra.* (Overnight rates are $5/30A vs $2/15A)
Moorage per month Length of boat only 36 (3ft for movement added):
$341.25
Moorage per year:
$4,095.00
HST:
$491.40
Moorage total: ->
$4,586.40

Union Steamships:*
Yearly: 36ft x $ 0.35 / ft / day = $4599 per year + 5%
$4,599
Power is metered at $0.10/ kwh
Summer Monthly (May 1-Oct 14) is $0.80 / ft / day
0.80 x 36 x 167 days = $4809.60

Milltown: $14.75. -> *$531/mo. -> $6,372 annual

Moorage - 2013
Richmond Morray Channel $400/mo*
6042733977
Richmond Resort slip 36'
604 868 7447
CL:2013Aug23

Ladner*
40' $225 excl. Power gated complex
40 foot $320/mo incl. H2O+pwr*
CL:2013Sept15*

Deep Cove $2260 6 month for 36'
CL:2013Sept03

Gabriola Island - Degnen Bay
$7 -> $252/mo. -> $3024/yr.

Nanaimo
anchoragemarinavillage.com
$8.95/lin.ft.*36=$322.20/mo. -> $3866.40/yr.* *
stonesmarina.com*2507534232
$100 waitlist deposit
$9.50 6 months in advance
$10.30 3 months in advance
$11 monthly in advance
$10.30*36*3=$1112.40

Schooner Cove Greg*2504685364

Porpoise Bay*sechelt.ca
6048851986*
$4.50 3 months in advance
$4.50*36*3=$486
Gibsons Marina $3k; years-long wait
6048868686*

Blaine Semiahmoo $250+power
Call or text:*509 679 6541‎

FWIW: I'd join a club and wait for a club slip. Meanwhile, moor the boat at Sointula, BC.
Lorraine Williams 250973654. C$2000/annum.
Great list! but Sointula? That's a beautiful little harbour (run very competently by the local Lions club) in a wonderful little town (just make sure you stay in the dredged channel getting around the end of the breakwater), but a long, long way from Vancouver. Hopefully that recommendation was tongue in cheek. There really are berths MUCH closer (although not very close) to Vancouver - and not so many ferry rides away.
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Re: Moorage in Greater Vancouver Area

Moorage in the Vancouver area or just about anywhere on the southern coast of BC is pretty impossible right now. I just recently brought my boat from Vancouver area to Vancouver Island as part of a move, and I called many, many places individually and you would be very lucky to get even temporary moorage anywhere (even on the island, wait lists are 3 years long). Many places said they were totally, completely full, and couldnt even take me for a single night. Shelter Island has no space at all, unless maybe you want to keep it on the hard (and even that is at a premium, I was paying over $700/month to have my 38 foot sailboat on the hard there). Im sure that if you find anything it will be very expensive. So I strongly encourage you to check this all out even before you get a boat if possible, as someone previously suggested. You could put yourself on the wait lists.
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Re: Moorage in Greater Vancouver Area

The recommendation about joining a program at Cooper Yachts on Granville Island, rather than buying your boat was, I think, excellent. It's a great way to get into sailing without having to invest a lot of money in a boat, find moorage, worry about maintenance, etc., etc., etc. If I were starting out again that's the route I would go I think. They took over from the Jib Set - whose programs were the basis of the CYA and, I believe, AYA courses that are so popular around North America now.

Edit: Apparently the Jib Set still exists (or has been re-incarnated) - although it appears to use Cooper boats (Martin 24's - which are incredible speed demons. Exciting sailing!). Google them. They've got some good videos.
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Moorage in the Vancouver area or just about anywhere on the southern coast of BC is pretty impossible right now. I just recently brought my boat from Vancouver area to Vancouver Island as part of a move, and I called many, many places individually and you would be very lucky to get even temporary moorage anywhere (even on the island, wait lists are 3 years long). Many places said they were totally, completely full, and couldn’t even take me for a single night. Shelter Island has no space at all, unless maybe you want to keep it on the hard (and even that is at a premium, I was paying over $700/month to have my 38 foot sailboat on the hard there). I’m sure that if you find anything it will be very expensive. So I strongly encourage you to check this all out even before you get a boat if possible, as someone previously suggested. You could put yourself on the wait lists.
Pretty much, I just got a 24' shark to tide me over in summer till boat prices go down a bit and all of the 15 or so marinas in south Vancouver Island had no vacancies till next year at the earliest. For a 24' boat!

It's crazy right now, almost impossible to find a spot, one of the marina people said it's the busiest she's seen it in 15 years by a long way.
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Re: Moorage in Greater Vancouver Area

In 2018 we tried to obtain long term moorage in the Ladysmith Maritime Society Marina because the boat we bought was moored there. We could stay until the end of the previous owner's contract, but there were 60 boats ahead of us on the waiting list. This was disappointing because it is a particularly nice marina in a great location. We were prepared to deal with the ferry rides back and forth, at least for a year or two while we waited for something closer to home.

We tried all of the marinas near Ladysmith and also Union Steamship marina on Bowen. The waiting list situation was similar. We were eventually very lucky when a slip came up in the yacht club where we had been members for many years.

If you do not already own a boat, in addition to the suggestions above, you could also try a cooperative such as this one:

https://barnetsailing.bc.ca/

As suggested earlier, this is a good way to become involved in sailing in the Vancouver area at a lower cost than boat ownership.

You might also consider looking for someone interested in sharing their boat that is already in a marina. Many years ago, our first boat was a one-third share in a Van de Stadt 34 which we were able to use every three weeks. This cut down the cost of ownership and that frequency of use was about as much time as we had for sailing because of work and kids. The other two owners were similarly busy so we were often able to use it more frequently if we suddenly had some spare time.

And you can put your name onto waiting lists at those marinas that might be of interest to you. Also, finding a spot for a smaller boat (28-30') is generally much easier than for a larger boat.
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1. The Vancouver area, Georgia Strait, the Gulf Islands, etc. is an INCREDIBLE sailing and cruising area,
2. There's an awful lot of money kicking around right now. Just look at real estate prices,
3. There's a huge, sophisticated, and successful industry building and marketing recreational boats,
4. Older boats just don't die anymore. Fibreglass lasts just about forever,
5. There is a very finite amount of accessible waterfront property,
6. The process of getting zoning, permits, etc. from the municipality, the province, and the feds to build a marina is extremely byzantine, time-consuming, and expensive - to the point of being just about impossible.

New boats are pouring in, old boats aren't disappearing, and new marinas just aren't being built. The result: There are NO slips available anywhere close to metro Vancouver, on southern Vancouver Island, or anywhere else within a reasonable travel distance of Vancouver. (Sointula, while a lovely place, is NOT within a reasonable travel distance of Vancouver )
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