Nanaimo, BC anchorage changes - SailNet Community
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 15 Old 02-24-2011 Thread Starter
Courtney the Dancer
 
jrd22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: San Juan Islands., WA, USA
Posts: 3,885
Thanks: 4
Thanked 22 Times in 21 Posts
Rep Power: 15
 
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.

John
SV Laurie Anne

1988 Brewer 40 Pilothouse

jrd22 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 Old 02-24-2011
Senior Member
 
jackdale's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
Posts: 9,041
Thanks: 27
Thanked 59 Times in 56 Posts
Rep Power: 7
 
John

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.

Jack

__________________
ISPA Yachtmaster Offshore Instructor Evaluator
Sail Canada Advanced Cruising Instructor
IYT Yachtmaster Coastal Instructor
ASA 201, 203, 204, 205, 206, 214
As I sail, I praise God, and care not. (Luke Foxe)
jackdale is online now  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 15 Old 02-24-2011
Just another Moderator
 
Faster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
Posts: 16,555
Thanks: 109
Thanked 317 Times in 302 Posts
Rep Power: 10
     
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.....

Ron

1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"

".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Faster is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 15 Old 02-24-2011
Senior Member
 
djodenda's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Kirkland, Washington
Posts: 1,710
Thanks: 1
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Rep Power: 11
   
I'm glad you all are bringing this up.. Nanaimo is in my cruising plans for this year.... Keep us posted!

David

1987 CS 36 Merlin "Kyrie"

"They drove a dump truck full of money up to my house. I'm not made of stone!" -Krusty the Clown
djodenda is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 15 Old 02-24-2011
Just another Moderator
 
Faster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
Posts: 16,555
Thanks: 109
Thanked 317 Times in 302 Posts
Rep Power: 10
     
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.

Ron

1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"

".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Faster is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 15 Old 02-24-2011 Thread Starter
Courtney the Dancer
 
jrd22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: San Juan Islands., WA, USA
Posts: 3,885
Thanks: 4
Thanked 22 Times in 21 Posts
Rep Power: 15
 
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.

John
SV Laurie Anne

1988 Brewer 40 Pilothouse

jrd22 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #7 of 15 Old 02-24-2011
the pointy end is the bow
 
erps's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: La Conner, Washington
Posts: 6,260
Thanks: 2
Thanked 27 Times in 26 Posts
Rep Power: 11
   
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)

Ray
S.V. Nikko
1983 Fraser 41
La Conner, WA


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Boating for over 25 years, some of them successfully.
erps is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #8 of 15 Old 02-24-2011
Hmmm
 
Bilgewater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Campbell River, British Columbia
Posts: 514
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
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.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Impulse III
Truant Pilothouse
Bilgewater is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #9 of 15 Old 02-24-2011
the pointy end is the bow
 
erps's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: La Conner, Washington
Posts: 6,260
Thanks: 2
Thanked 27 Times in 26 Posts
Rep Power: 11
   
Quote:
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.
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.

Ray
S.V. Nikko
1983 Fraser 41
La Conner, WA


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Boating for over 25 years, some of them successfully.
erps is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #10 of 15 Old 02-24-2011
Hmmm
 
Bilgewater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Campbell River, British Columbia
Posts: 514
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by erps View Post
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


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Impulse III
Truant Pilothouse
Bilgewater is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Nanaimo - Vancouver paddleboarding AdamLein Pacific Northwest & Alaska 10 03-08-2010 01:05 PM
Anchorage Near Mystic CT SollaSollew General Discussion (sailing related) 13 08-10-2008 06:57 PM
Running afoul afloat - Nanaimo News Bulletin NewsReader News Feeds 0 07-10-2007 11:15 AM
Wind at their backs - Nanaimo News Bulletin NewsReader News Feeds 0 06-16-2007 11:15 AM
BVI Anchorage Information mhm Chartering 7 01-31-2007 12:35 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome