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Nanaimo, BC anchorage changes

I read a thread posted on CF

( Nanaimo, BC Changes - Cruisers & Sailing Forums )

regarding major changes to the anchorage at Newcastle Park in Nanaimo. The author of the thread claims that what was the anchorage area is now filled completely with mooring buoys that are restricted to boats not over 30' and not to be used in winds over 30 knots. I emailed the park administration and asked several specific questions regarding anchoring and received a short generic response which didn't answer my questions. Does anyone have any first hand info they could share about this? We have stopped in Nanaimo a couple of times and were planning on making it our preferred provisioning stop on the way north but that may have to change.
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I have called some folks who run a charter company in Nanaimo; they are going to get back to me.

I followed that CF thread for a while. It sometimes makes our off-topic forum look civilized.

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I believe that this is true, John. Our club was shown drawings a few months back and there are/were plans for an extensive field of buoys in Mark Bay, mainly west of the park docks.

IIRC there was a section of closely spaced buoys for under 30 feet and more generous spacing for larger boats. The plans I saw did not place too many buoys out front of the park dock or towards the Dinghy Dock pub (though much of that area is traditionally taken by local derelicts anyway)

It does none of us (who like/prefer to anchor) any favours, that's for sure. Sounds like from what you've heard it's more than plans and may already be a reality.

While we generally choose the dock there for easy access to the shore, given the very reasonable rates, I expect this will put more pressure on available moorage there too... If people have to pay, they'll likely go the little extra for the dock.

Not a good thing in my view.....
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I'm glad you all are bringing this up.. Nanaimo is in my cruising plans for this year.... Keep us posted!
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John, re reading your OP - I don't expect this will really affect your provisioning plans unless you routinely anchored at the park and dinghied into Nanaimo shops. There is always 2-3 hours grace at the floats around the fuel dock in Nanaimo itself and groceries are right nearby. also, the entire harbour basin is only 20-25 feet deep so you could anchor out of the seaplane lanes and still do the same outside the park boundaries.

Alternatively, though, Comox really is an excellent place to reprovision, with the bonus of having more/fresher supplies as you get into Desolation. There is an excellent transient dock, good facilities (showers, internet, etc) and it's a short walk to nearby shopping and pubs. Anchoring here is tricky though, with limited space mostly due to drying shallows and an abrupt drop-off.

As for Newcastle Island, things have been really good there for a long time.. like so many other things it looks like that's about to change some.
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Thanks for the info. Ron. We have anchored at the park and run into town in the dinghy for provisions the two times we've been there but it sounds like the floats at the fuel dock would work for us for that purpose. We love the park, I guess it might just be a longer dinghy trip if we choose to anchor now. The thread I read made it sound like there are only buoys for 30' or under, he didn't mention any for larger boats but he sounds like he's pretty ticked off about this so may be trying to make things sound worse than they are (hope so). How is Ladysmith for anchoring and provisioning, someone mentioned that as a good alternative too.
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We're not so much dock people, but Nanaimo city harbor is one of the places we really enjoy tying up for the night as well as anchoring out at NewCastle. It will be interesting to see how things have changed this summer. It may actually be better for us happy hookers, as the mooring field will pack 'em in at that one end of the bay and leave us more room with the derelict boats. (We like counting how many times we can hear the bilge pumps coming on during the night with the derelict boats)
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Well, Campbell River is always a good provisioning spot if your going up north and if I'm not mistaken I think the transient moorage at Fisherman's Wharf is around 55 cents a foot or so. Discovery Marina has a fuel barge and the grocery store is right in front of the marina. Ocean Pacific Marine is right there with a 110 ton travel lift and a do-it-yourself yard. Lund is a bit limited on provisioning but it has a do-it-yourself boat yard, fuel, a small grocery, a great old hotel/pub and an excellant bakery and of course very friendly people. Oh yes and it's the gateway to Desolation Sound.
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That's not what I hear. I heard there is an old curmudgeon up there that doesn't like his sheets being used for mooring lines by transient boaters.
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That's not what I hear. I heard there is an old curmudgeon up there that doesn't like his sheets being used for mooring lines by transient boaters.
Curmudgeon....well I never
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