Development of desirable resources always seems to follow the same pattern – first the working stiffs live there, then the middle class gentrify it, and then the filthy rich discover it, kick everyone else out and build high fences. The pattern is repeated everywhere, and we have seen it in Victoria for a long time.
And now it’s come to the harbour.
Remember that vic harbour used to be a working harbour. Over the years most industry has been pushed out by condos. Fishing boats have been pushed onto fisherman’s wharf and it sounds like they are going to be shunted aside here very soon as well to make room for the more yachty types.
And now a sizeable chunk of the harbour is going to be taken over by megayachts at the songhees development. Of course with the liberals in the legislature and the conservatives in Ottawa, don’t hold out any hope that meaningful consultation with the public will occur. Read about it here.
When was the last time you heard of a new marina being built for the rest of us? Moorage keeps going up and increasingly the water is becoming available only for the very well off, and this is another major shift in that direction.
The same kind of folks that are behind this development are the same kind of folks buried in the unaccountable harbour authority, and I wouldn’t be surprised if options for liveaboards also become increasingly restricted. At one point you didn’t need insurance to live here. Now this is mandatory, effectively excluding a whole host of lower income mariners (a survey is required to qualify and many older boats wouldn’t be able to).
They could make a lot more money by opening all these slips to transients.
We had yet again more holding tank blues his weekend. We were out near race rocks and I was trying to dump a load overboard but although the pump was whirring away, nothing was coming out.
The next day I took the pump apart – gawd I hate that job - and found a great wad of my wife’s hair wrapped around the macerator blades. For some reason they don’t make the blades sharp –dull as the back of a butter knife – and crap just wraps around it.
Cleaning it up was no big deal, but what turned out to be a big deal was that three of the four studs holding the thing together snapped when I tried taking it apart. On close examination, they turned out to be made of brass, with stainless nuts. Brilliant. Any jackass knows that dissimilar metals corrode in the marine environment, and brass (dodgy at the best of time), is less noble than SS and so of course they corroded and broke. And this from jabsco, purveyor of fine marine pumps. What a load of crap!
Not make matters worth, there are four studs, two long and two short, and the bastards want 12 bucks each for the short ones and 13 for the long!!!
Bugger that. I went to fastener force and picked up a pair of 3 ½” 10 -32 SS machine screws and two 4” 10 -32s. cost me 7 bucks and these won’t corrode.
bronze should corrode pink – this looks like brass to me. cheap bastards.
Of all the systems on the boat the toilet system has been the least reliable and most odious. Isn’t that always the way?