Jason had to work today, so I decided to pop into our local chandler. Then I realized that today we were supposed to get an anchoring permit (or move our boat – haha).
First, I took a leisurely bike ride to the dollar store, where I picked up some measuring tape and an airtight, waterproof storage bag. Then I went up to Wright Mariner Supply & Yacht Services near our apartment. I just wanted to inquire about a composting toilet, but Steve, the store manager, gave me a wealth of useful advice about a lot of other things as well. He lived on a 30-footer for fourteen years, so I’m sure he knows what he’s talking about!
I learned about a couple more marine head options, including one that uses UV rays to destroy all the bacteria before discharging the waste into the water. Amazing! We’ll probably stick with something a little less high-tech, but it’s good to know what’s out there. The UV one needs electricity, which we’re hoping to avoid, since power will be such a scarce resource on board.
Steve also mentioned that diesel is better than propane, as far as heaters are concerned. (I’m sure the same applies to stoves, which makes me question our propane stove.) The reason he gave is that propane puts a lot of moisture into the air. Added to the moisture coming from our breath (we exhale a liter of water a day, he said!), it can contribute to mold and other issues. Maybe we should just go for the wood-burning heater he showed me, if we want to go really DIY.
Of course, diesel has the added benefit of being easily converted to biodiesel.
At some point during our conversation, it struck me that Danny’s anchoring permit for Tomahawk expired today. We were supposed to get one in our name, so I said a speedy farewell to Steve and raced across the Burrard Bridge to Granville Island. For some reason, I was thinking the False Creek Yacht Club was there, but it turned out not to be. That’s where Danny said to get the permit. By this time it was almost five o’clock, so I was a little concerned the offices might be closed for the day. I called 411 to get their number and the woman I spoke to said I could get the permit online. Which is great, except I could’ve stayed longer at the ship chandler! Oh well. Lessons learned.
When I got home, I filled out the extremely simple online application and received the permit in my email within a few minutes. Nothing like technology to make things easy.
We will have to move Tomahawk by October 30th. That means we’ll need to figure out how to anchor as well as where to put it for a week. There might be a spot available in the “Pirate’s Bay” off Kitsilano Beach, which is just a bit farther west of where the boat is now.