We lived in Sidney , just north of Victoria for several years. Van Isle marina and the city marina in Sidney are great. Most likely both have a waiting list. There was a scheme to build a dry marina near the town where boats could be stored and launched as needed. That could be an option until you get everything fixed up. I don't know if that facility was ever built.
Reo: Port Sidney would be perfect, as I could rent my nephew's condo nearby.
I have been in touch with the marinas there and am on a few wait lists. Van Isla did mention the possibility of having the boat hauled out, which has some advantages and disadvantages of course.
It may or may not suit my needs...it might also end up being my only option the way things are going.
Which leads me to consider buying a trailer for whichever boat I end up with, and hauling it out myself and storing it somewhere.
Definitely not my preference, but unless I have some success in the next 6 months finding a slip, it might be my only option.
Later next week I will be exploring Nanaimo and North by car, and will see if I think I like it there and if I can find a slip somewhere.
Nothing is easy!
VanIsle has a "yacht park" on the hard and Port Sidney is owned by the Mill Bay Marine Group, not the Town of Sidney.
Yacht Park. What a great name.
Seriously, Sidney is a beautiful small town. Well worth considering. Maybe you will have a better chance of getting a slip at Vanisle if you are in their yacht park. We kept our boat at Vanisle and they have good facilities for live aboards.
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