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post #125 of Old 10-23-2012
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Re: Opposition to liveaboards

Originally Posted by delite View Post
Here is a story from Todays Globe and Mail about another BC town getting rid of liveaboards. Seems many dont want to take any responsibility for their actions and unfortunately others are paying the price.

Faced with eviction from the safe harbour in Port Hardy that has been his home for five years, Keith Dorward is making some desperate plans.

“The transmission needs work and I haven’t started the engine for years,” said Mr. Dorward of the small salmon fishing boat, Shangri-La, on which he lives. “But I have a perfectly good set of oars. … It’s going to take a long, long time to work my way down the coast pulling it with a skiff. But I don’t see I have any other option.”


On September 26, the District of Port Hardy Harbour Authority served a Notice to End Moorage on Mr. Dorward and several others who live on vessels in the small port on northern Vancouver Island.

The notice gave them 30 days to move, or “be escorted off the premises by the RCMP.”

The development is part of a movement on the West Coast, where liveaboards are slowly being forced out of urban harbours, because of concerns about pollution, unruly dockside behavior and unsightly boats.


“Well, we are trying to clean up our harbour, actually. That’s basically it,” he said. “It’s just that there was a bunch of unemployed people with no income that are basically [living on] derelict barges … down there.”

He began living aboard after high apartment rents pushed him first out of Vancouver, and then Victoria.

He pays $400 a month for moorage and uses the dockside washroom facilities.

“It’s better than waiting for [apartment] rents to go up, or living in a slum,” he said of his life on the boat.

Mr. Dorward said seven to nine others are living on boats at the dock, and he acknowledged there have been some social issues recently, including fights and one man has been shooting at seagulls and pigeons.

I think this post is a good picture of the problem.

There are many that live aboard as a life-style that has sailing as the main objective. For that they have to maintain their boat in good shape and that is expensive. If they wanted and have not a boat they could live in a house (I mean not on a slum) and that would be probably cheaper.

An then there are other guys that live in a boat not because they like sailing (some never go out of port) but just because that's the cheapest way to have a place to live in a nice place. Of course their boats reflect this situation, are not well kept.

In the end the authorities trying to deal with the problems raised by the second case are creating problems to the ones that live in a boat because they want (not because they have to) and because they like sailing and cruising life style.

So that are bad news for the last ones because the easy way to deal with it is a prohibition to live aboards or to raise the price of the service.

Perhaps there are other solution that you can try to implement and that would take care of the problem: for the live aboard the obligation to stay out of the marina one or two months a Year. That would certainly not bring a problem to any live aboard cruiser but would get ports rid of all the ones that use a boat just for living, I mean the ones that have not put the engine working for years


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