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Living off the Grid on a west coast island

Liked the quesadillas

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They say people in glass houses should probably wash their windows, yah sure, E has window washing on his list for today. What they don’t mention is that people who live in glass houses can’t sleep past 5am on a sunny spring morning. Sleep is overrated. If I was asleep I would have missed the colours of the sunrise on the glassy calm water outside my window.

We were outside yesterday for eight hours. There was a little bit of seed planting, some visiting with friends and a lot of staring at the pond. Last fall while having lunch with the gang in town I bought an old bird cage feeder at a thrift store… The smarter birds have been in it, the rest will catch on eventually…

 I also bought an old light fixture. It is my new bee bath…. 

 We were in town on Friday for physio and I thought I would give a little “review” on our new summer moorage. 

The trip dock to dock takes about forty minutes. Twenty five if we can get through the cut. The trick in our boat is to time the travel through the narrows for one hour before or after slack water. The sailboats need slack and it gets busy in the summer. Our boat doesn’t and we tend to have the pass all to ourselves..although we are on the water twenty minutes longer we are saved the drive through the city and down the country roads to the old marina. 

The water can be choppy on the city side of the narrows. Nothing our boat can’t easily handle. Just need to watch the wind predictions as we always do. On the trip from the narrows we cross the path of two ferries and float planes land at the south entrance to the channel by the marina. They seemingly come from nowhere and it’s disconcerting if you aren’t expecting them.

When getting off the ferry we are five minutes from the new marina so… Dep Bay to PC in forty-five minutes is pretty good. The grocery and liquor stores are close to the marina . Marina wheel barrows are a loonie (refundable like at a grocery store). Our boat is about as close to the loading zone of the parking lot as you can get..so far there has been plenty of available secured car parking, but that might get less so in the summer.

We are working our way down the list of appie and beer specials at the marina pub. It’s a very civilized way to end a day in town. Appies are $7.00 from 2-5. There is a liquor store at the marina right now but I think it is closing when they expand the pub to include a family restaurant. 

The gas price at the gas bar beside our dock was 1.17 as opposed to the town price of 1.02. Very convenient if we want to save time, or avoid heavy lifting. That said, it probably costs $40.00 for a return trip, so we don’t go often.

All in all, it’s a fairly convenient option to ….. well to having no marina ..I refuse to worry about whether or not our old marina will ever reopen. We are just taking it as it comes and hoping by the fall, all will be resolved… In the meantime we will continue working our way through the menu at our new marina’s pub…. Worst case scenario I will go back to the top of the menu and start again. I really 

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Author: Off Grid Islanders

We are a retired couple living on an off grid island on the West Coast

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  1. We are a ten minute hike to where the boat is docked at a neighbours, then a quick run around the point to the front of our place where we load up the totes and coolers from the shore – sometimes in awful seas – then a fifteen minute run to a distant community dock that allows for a transfer to our old SUV. Alternatively, we could head down channel for 30 or 40 minutes (depending on the seas) and end up at a public marina which is close to a small store on the other island. But we usually opt for the SUV and the 40 minutes of logging road and paved part to then get on a small ferry to go to the BIG island. More choice. More chores able to get done. Typical elapsed time – if all goes well – 90 minutes. But, getting there early is essential in the summer so that time expands to 110 minutes in the sunny months. One way. Coming back takes longer because we are unloading usually 300 to 600 pounds and, of course, traveling slower in the boat to get home because of it. The hardest part is loading and unloading the heavily laden boat – especially in heavy seas. That can get crazy! And, in the summer, it is low tide all the damn time!
    Am I complaining? NOT in the least. That is just part of the deal and I love the deal. Having said that…….an appy and a beer would be a nice addition.

  2. Reddi-Mix, the original dead weight in too-easily torn bags. Reddi-Mix, nature’s desiccant…watch it become granite-in-a-bag overnight. Reddi-Mix, the fifty pounds of mix that, with ten pounds of water, makes enough concrete to fill a coffee can with enough room left over for the coffee. Am I complaining? Damn right! Reddi-Mix sucks!

  3. Just learned about you from a post on JDC’s blog. We live in a float cabin on Powell Lake. It’s water access only so I know what travel by boat is like and hauling stuff up and down the lake. Nice to find someone else who understand OTG life. – Margy

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