Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Campbell River, British Columbia
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As a local up here and full time cruiser on the BC coast, here’s my take on this and although I respect Johnvye’s frustration, I have a very different opinion on this. I really don’t see a problem here and I also think pursuing a matter such as this may do much harm to cruisers and locals in the long run.
To the best of my knowledge, these are not float homes in Squirrel Cove these are plain old floats with shacks on them. One is a floating bakery (not really though, it just has a bakery sign). This float is specifically used for cruisers during summer months to take orders for bread which is baked in town and then taken to the float so the bread can be picked up in the morning by the cruisers and if cruisers don’t paddle over there and order bread then it will disappear over time (simple solution to that one). I believe the other one is just a shop and a couple of fishboats used for tending the oyster leases but I could be wrong. The third one is an old abandoned wooden shack washed up on shore and it will disappear in a short time. Around here the dense forest, rain and sea have the amazing ability to make wood structures disappear in short order. I generally avoid Squirrel Cove during the summer months because it’s full of cruisers but in any case Squirrel Cove is huge and I have never had a problem finding a place to set my hook. If you really want to be where they are, just tie up to the float and put a beer next to the door as a thank you. There are literally thousands of places to set a hook on the BC coast and particularly up in this neck of the woods.
Coastal people around here have been working and living on the water for a very long time. There once were many float communities along the coast but many of these have disappeared for lack of work and other pressures, so in fact there are many more open bays than in the past. These people that use, live on and work these floats, fish farms, shellfish leases and logging camps on the coast are our neighbours and friends. Many people around here know each other for hundreds of miles around and most people work on or around the sea in fishing, logging, aquaculture etc. These people try their best to get along with one another and seem to avoid making too many waves. I believe the last thing anyone around here would want is more regulation and/or government interference in something that works just fine. I’m really beginning to feel the pressures of too many people around here when I read threads like this, but I do understand the OP’s frustration, I don’t agree but I understand.
If we pursue the elimination of floats along the coast, what happens next and where does it stop? You’ll have every tom dick and harry pissed off with cruisers. I rely on these coastal people to help me out in a jam. Most shore people around here and farther north are very helpful, kind and will bend over backwards to get a cruiser on his way again.
I, and many others shore tie quite frequently…Do we really want a regulation telling us cruisers we can’t stern tie to trees? After all the trees are above the foreshore high tide mark, so they are crown land or private land. These trees are not ours to scar with our ropes. The private land owners are giving us the unwritten right and the government doesn’t bother us at all. If we lost the right to stern tie, we would likely loose about 90% of the little nooks we stuff ourselves into for the night and we would loose about 50% capacity in some of the bigger bays. Something like this could be a possible backlash or consequence. For those of you unfamiliar with this area, stern tying which is throwing down your hook and running a line from your stern to shore and back is a very common practice and in some cases absolutely necessary.
Note: Johnvye; I wrote this last night before seeing your last post and I now realize your mainly talking floating cottages, so some of this may be irrelevant but I think my last paragraph is important to consider.
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