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Re: My last little bit of planning
How we tie up to mooring buoys depends on what they're made of.. the old park buoys in BC were f/g hardshell and with a longish pennant they would eventually start banging on the hull.. we tried to tie up short to keep them under the bow overhang (not practical with today's plumb bows) The newer ones are softer and less of an issue in that regard.
Marinas will often have a day stop rate (usually 1/2 day rate) and you'll have access to their facilities that way... VERY few are likely to let you dinghy in and use the shower/laundry. In many places water is rather precious on the islands and mid summer especially they will preserve supplies for paying customers. Some marinas have restricted watering rules then too - x gals limit/no washing/etc.... Some of the marina/fuel docks that offer groceries/facilities are set up to allow you a couple of hours free while you shop (Refuge Cove comes to mind).. in other areas it's just a 'Gov't dock' and it's first come first served there but rafting is usually allowed.
Nanaimo, Ganges, Madiera Park, Comox, for a few, will allow short term tieups that way.
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