A strange astronomical event has shifted the stars so that one of the Zodiac constellations is missing!
Actually, our RIB (rigid-hulled inflatable boat) made by Zodiac, which we simply call “the Zodiac,” or even more inaccurately, “the dinghy,” disappeared from the dock where we’d left it.
As explained in our last post, we had to move Tomahawk out of False Creek. We anchored in the Pirate Bay and all seemed well. Steve was a bit worried about high winds coming in over the weekend and very kindly checked on our boat once for us. We weren’t able to get out to check on it ourselves, plus we weren’t really sure what we would do if it was indeed dragging or gone, so we decided just to hope for the best.
The best turned out to be great for the boat. On Monday, we walked across the bridge and down to Kitsilano Beach, where we could see that it was still happily sitting in the same spot where we left it. I guess you could say that everything had gone swimmingly. (Har har…)
Or so we thought.
Unsure of where to leave our Zodiac, we had tied it up to the Vancouver Maritime Museum dock. We didn’t see any signs saying “No Public Moorage,” and I swear that we looked. In fact, even Steve had a quick look and suggested it should be fine.
As it turned out, it was not fine. Quite the opposite. When we went back after contenting ourselves with Tomahawk’s apparent security, the dinghy was gone. Now, we had a very strong locking cable, so the idea that it was stolen seemed odd. The museum was closed, so I called the next day to find out if they knew anything or might have cameras.
After speaking to a super helpful administrator who emailed the info around, it came out that a guy who lives on his boat at the dock called the police to remove our Zodiac. Essentially, we were parked illegally and got towed.
The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) Marine Unit officer who I spoke to was also extremely helpful. She added my information to the file, so that there should be no hassle when I go to pick it up. That will be tomorrow, if all goes well. They cut the lock, so we’ll need to get a new one. In the meantime, there is no fine (she believed) and we will have our dinghy back. Much cheaper than getting a new one, for sure, and it means we can actually get out to our boat again.
An alternative we discussed is to get a two-person kayak. We could carry it up the beach right to our house, so we won’t have to worry about where to leave our dinghy in future. But price is always a factor. It’s something to think about at this point. If anybody has advice about where to dock or what sort of options might work, please let us know!