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Anyone know of a live aboard marina in Vancouver or the Island?
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Re: Vancouver or Victoria

Victoria has a lot more spots

Coast Hotel, Hidden Harbour, Westbay, Fishermans Wharf, Causeway and Wharf Street (last 3 are GVHA, last 2 are transient only in summer) and then a bunch of marinas in sidney

coast hotel is a bit more expensive but you get a sauna, hot tub, pool and gym!
hidden harbour/westbay are cheap but hard to get into, lots of very long term residents
fishermans wharf is where I live. its a nice community but the GVHA are kind of hardasses, you have to pay an additional $100 a month liveaboard fee and the showers, parking, laundary etc are all pay
causeway and wharf street are RIGHT downtown with the advantages and disadvantages that brings

lots of other marinas in Sooke and Sidney as well

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Thanks for your help ALCTEL, will check them out for sure. do you know the approx. sailing time Victoria to Vancouver ?
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Thanks for your help ALCTEL, will check them out for sure. do you know the approx. sailing time Victoria to Vancouver ?
The ferry from Tw'ssen goes 15 knots and takes over an hour and a half.

How fast can you sail?

Really, folks, time = speed x distance, right?

Then you'd have to tell us your route, too, right? Active Pass or south of Mayne Island?

I always get a kick of these "How long will it take?" questions.

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Of course your right Stu. I find that Moorings in Vancouver are hard to find and am thinking about the Island as a good home base. I will have to come to Vancouver for appointments and would like to know approx. how long it would take. The boat that I am looking at is an Ocean Noon 34 (True North). I expect about 6 or7 knot but that is a guess. I have never sailed these waters and am not sure of the best routes. Just trying to figure out if it is realalistick
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Realistic speaking, if you are moored at North Saanich Marina (just north of Sidney), it will take you the better part of a day unless winds and tides are in your favour. It would not be unusual to take the better part of a day unless you are motoring. In general, it would be easier to take the ferry unless you really need an excuse to take your own boat.
The ferry takes 1:35 to go from Swartz Bay to Twassen plus an average of an hour wait time in the line-up plus another 30 to 60 or so minutes to go from Twassen to the greater Vancouver area (assuming you are not trying to do it in rush hour and depending where you are going).
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Good luck getting 6 or 7 knots out of a Noon Ocean around here except in winter - this is a notoriously light wind area.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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Thanks for your help ALCTEL, will check them out for sure. do you know the approx. sailing time Victoria to Vancouver ?
Depends, where are you leaving from and where are you going.
It can be done in a long day.It's an early start and arrive verry late, if all the way from inner harbour to inner harbour.
If I was going I'd plan 2 days.
Both would be quite long. 8 to 10 hrs each. maybe 12 depending upon wind and tide.
Quicker if you motor.
If you have an apointment take the ferry. Transit about 10 bucks pluss ferry about 16 bucks about 4 hrs or 4hrs by PCL around 30 or 40 bucks or 1/2 hr by helijet 100 bucks. Or Harbour Air. Around 100 bucks.

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If you really need to get between Victoria and Vancouver quickly, take a float plane.

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I'd take two days to do it harbour to harbour - I've done it in one day before, but it was a looooooooooooong day. I wouldn't do it again solo.

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