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Old 08-12-2019, 02:14 PM   #1
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Caught Another One

Enroute Ladysmith, eavesdropping on Canadian Coast Guard. They're working a 36' motor vessel aground "...on a rock in Nanaimo Harbor."

Probably the one under the big yellow bouy.
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:14 PM   #2
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The one entering anchorage to Newcastle?
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:24 PM   #3
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A rock just east of the Newcastle park buildings, close to the drying passageway, has claimed many boats. The last one we saw there years ago put a sleeping bag over the boat name on the transom. He was WAY out of the water at low tide.
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The one entering anchorage to Newcastle?
Yes. I was only hearing half The conversation,but seems likely the one that is on a direct line from the SE Harbor entrance to the Floating Pub.

Under the BIG yellow bouy.

Not like I hang out in Nanaimo, but I've seen two boats aground there plus this one today. By the BIG yellow bouy.
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You are on to us. That rock was placed especially there to nab American tourists so they would spend their money on shore to help with the Vancouver Island economy. Ssshhh! Don't tell your sailing buddies from down south, we need more money.

Occasionally we move the rock when we think to many are catching on.
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You are on to us. That rock was placed especially there to nab American tourists so they would spend their money on shore to help with the Vancouver Island economy. Ssshhh! Don't tell your sailing buddies from down south, we need more money.

Occasionally we move the rock when we think to many are catching on.
Americans, not familiar with fiendishly clever Canadian bouyage think yellow bouy means "Come over here."

That also explains the Moneymaker Rock in Ganges Harbor.
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That also explains the Moneymaker Rock in Ganges Harbor.
Salt Spring Marina expansion is underway and will build on top of that rock. Should be done by Christmas.
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First time I was in Nanaimo, it was very busy over at Newcastle and I was patrolling the anchorage for a spot to shoehorn into. At one point I went “behind” a string of boats at the north end of the basin, just between them and the shore. After all, going behind them I did not have to worry about snagging an anchor. Luckily I decided to keep it fairly close quarters to the boats. I happened to glance over the side and just about had a heart attack. I was within two feet of the rock shelf. Got a couple knowing stares from a couple locals chuckling on their sun deck. Never repeated that one again.
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And people think forward looking sonar is stupid...sheeesh!
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And people think forward looking sonar is stupid...sheeesh!

I submit that anyone incapable of noticing the BIG YELLOW BOUY probably can't find the on/off switch for his sonar...or his chart plotter.
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Salt Spring Marina expansion is underway and will build on top of that rock. Should be done by Christmas.
Dredging is finished. Pile Driving has not yet begun. Their website gives an updated look at progress. https://saltspringmarina.com/

Money Maker reef, about a mile away, remains available to the unwary.
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Money Maker reef, about a mile away, remains available to the unwary.
we need to be on the same page in this discussion.

Another good reason to approve the new marina as quickly as possible is that it will be built over Moneymaker Rocks, eliminating a boating hazard that has caused many boats per year to go aground just outside the old footprint of Salt Spring Marina.
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the islet/reef a mile away is another money maker
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Anyone care to post a picture of where this offending rock is? Would be nice to know where not to float over when visiting Nanaimo. Thanks
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I believe they are speaking of the west cardinal bouy approximately 500m south of the dinghy dock pub and Northeast of the harbour entrance.

Buoy PS off of Satellite Reef.


It truly is big.

And if one doesn't know what a west cardinal bouy is, a trip to the east side of it will be a learning experience.
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Anyone care to post a picture of where this offending rock is? Would be nice to know where not to float over when visiting Nanaimo. Thanks
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Even if one were an inexperienced foreigner from South of 49, I have to think any half-sentient being seeing a large unfamiliar mark would look at a chart...or screen for an explanation...and notice that it says quite clearly, "Satellite Reef"

Bill, who is safety docked at Newcastle island.
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There is a place you can go in Nanaimo over by the seaplane float and see all four cardinal markers around an old chunk of concrete. A pretty good training aid actually.
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we need to be on the same page in this discussion.

Another good reason to approve the new marina as quickly as possible is that it will be built over Moneymaker Rocks, eliminating a boating hazard that has caused many boats per year to go aground just outside the old footprint of Salt Spring Marina.
from article
https://saltspringexchange.com/2019/...ina-expansion/

the islet/reef a mile away is another money maker
Sorry if there is confusion. Apparently no imagination shown by the namers, as the rock close in to Saltspring Marina is "Moneymaker" and the reef, about a mile away is also "moneymaker". Up at Silva Bay is "Shipyard rock" and elsewhere are similarly named disaster awaiting the unwary.
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