Re: Looking at buying a Discovery 47'
Anchoring full time in Vancouver is a bit problematic these days too (Sorry to rain on your parade again) False Creek, which offers best shelter and convenience, is restricted to 2 weeks every so many months, and requires a permit. This has forced such people out into English Bay, where every year a few of them wash ashore in storms due to inadequate ground tackle, heavy wind and big waves. Last night would have been a sleepless one for you too. (or you may have woken up half way to Nanaimo)
There are several people doing it, and technically it's legal except overstaying your permit in FC or trying it on in Vancouver Harbour, but it means long periods with your boat unattended (while you're at work) and you're at the mercy of the weather. Also getting water, pumpouts, charging batteries etc are all going to cost since you'll likely have to take transient moorage for some of those tasks - but as you say, much less than full time moorage. Another issue is where to leave your kayak/tender during your shore time.
btw, glad you're listening to reason re: the 47 footer.. I do like your new focus better and your selection choice is now wide open. But you may find it's not as simple as it sounds. Good luck.
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