Re: My last little bit of planning
There's no rafting on BC park buoys.. in fact they have a one boat rule (though I think it ought to be a displacement limit instead) but rafting at gov't/municipal docks is pretty common. It not the usual practice at private marinas unless it's arranged with a group or both/all parties are good with it.
Try to find a similar sized boat to tie up to if you end up having to raft somewhere.. it's difficult to raft up to many powerboats - the tend to have flared topsides that don't mix well with stanchions and lifelines. In certain areas you'll find already rafted - in some cases rather derelict - vessels you may have to tie to.
You can resist being rafted to - few will press the issue but in some places it is expressly required if it gets busy.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)