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Old 10-03-2020, 19:12   #61
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Re: Sailing 2020 From Chesapeake to Nova Scotia

I think you can see from the comments the main problem you will have is squeezing in all the really neat stuff to see into a single season.

If you are truly limited to a single season I would suggest timing things so as to be in St Pierre / Miquelon a day or two ahead of Bastile Day. That being your furthest East, then turning tail and running home. But that’s a looong run up and back missing a lot in between.

I have over nighted from Sydney, NS to St Pierre and coast hopped back.

Soooo many options.
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Re: Sailing 2020 From Chesapeake to Nova Scotia

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I am planning on using somewhere in the Halifax area as a jumping off point for a journey way up north later this year. Can anyone suggest a no nonsense marina or dock where I can work on finalising boat readiness for a month or so, also will need to receive a lot of parcels and make many trips to a supermarket.!

I am a solo sailor with no interest in restaurants, bars, nightlife etc, just need a base to get things ready!

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

best dock for maintenance and getting work done is probably Armdale Yacht Club or Dartmouth Yacht Club (DYC is at the foot of the biggest industrial park in the region - you can get anything you need there). Another option is to jump around from docks downtown (at the Maritime Museum, Bishops Landing, Purdy's wharf, Alderney Landing, Shearwater Yacht Club, Dartmouth Yacht Club, Mill cove; or if you want real privacy - at any one of 3 or 4 anchorages at McNab's Island. Early in the season you can probably get a few nights in each place downtown for little or nothing, but you'd have to stay on the move each day and not appear to be camping. Lots of folks drop a hook at the head of the northwest arm and stay for as long as they like - no fees or issues. great holding, superb shelter and short dinghy ride to a bus stop or 15 minute hike to a big mall and wholesale food place.
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Old 11-03-2020, 07:28   #63
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Re: Sailing 2020 From Chesapeake to Nova Scotia

Thanks NSboatman, i am most probably going to take your last bit of advice and anchor out at the top of northwest arm. At least to start with. Once I get my bearings I will take it from there.
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