Re: My last little bit of planning
Nanaimo has a 30 knot limit on their bouys, which will void your insurance in stronger winds. You have two choices, tie short and hear the chain rasping up and down in the buoy all night ,or tie long, and hear thehard buoy banginbg against your hull all night long. It may cost you $5 an hour to park your dinghy in town there. It takes a lot of loonies to get the hot water to the showers on Newcastle Island. Expect to be woken up early by planes taking off a few feet above your mast at first light.
Nanaimo has become increasingly hostile to visiting cruisers. If you sail north from Silva Bay to Sechelt, you will avoid not only Nanaimo, but the torpedo testing area north of there. Sechelt has a small breakwater you can anchor behind, and good shopping, as well as a downtown swiming pool with all the comforts, all within short walking distance ,unlike Nanaimo. Zero Harbour patrol in Sechelt( Harbour NAZIs).
Brent Swain, Yacht designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"