Thursday, September 1, 2016

Willy Krauch

Willy's which recently close because of a lack of a successor in this family owned business, has re-opened. It has be taken over by Comeau Seafood, the second biggest fish processor in the province, and as the guy who owns Comeau likes the products ( which is why he bought it), it is likely to remain a going concern

Mahone Bay

After a long absence, visited Deep Cove, There are now a number of moorings and there is more development. However, it is still a nice anchorage and there is plenty of space between the moorings, There is about  15 feet at low water.

South Shore Marine
The restaurant is closed again, I'm not sure if it will be re-opened. This is one of the few places to get fuel, and because of the number of boats, it it busy. At peak times you may have to wait in line

more updates

Btrooklyn Marina
this is a completely volunteer organisation, there are no staff and the building is unlocked. Overnight fee is now $35 ( cash only) per night, regardless of length. This gets you electricity, internet and showers. Tie up either side of the long floating dock. There is a visitors book and a box to put the money in.
Lahave Yacht Club
It is very economical to tie up here, $20 on one of the three floating docks, $15 on a mooring ball( they are white) regardless of length. The club is kept open at night if you need showers, etc. There is internet, and electricity (15amp only) on the two eastern floating docks. Very good, cheap restaurant and drinks. One of the few places to get fuel. If you draw more than 6 feet , low water is a bit thin for the fuel dock. It's a good place, and they accept all the usual credit cards.
Lunenburg Yacht Club
The fuel dock is on the landward side of the floating docks and you have to approach it from the north. I think they changed its layout and I wouldn't now have any difficulty getting my unhandy little tub alongside. Good showers and a nice bar.


Liscombe Lodge
 Liscombe has been a good place to stop and wait for decent weather for more than half a century. However the marina aspect has been neglected by the present operators and the land-side operation has been poorly marketed. Liscombe is one of three provincially owned resorts that for the last few years have been managed by an American hotel management company. They haven't done this well and the resort is currently up for sale. Anyone's guess what will happen. When I visited last (2015) there was still fuel and Chester was still running the marina. This is a great loss, as the site is beautiful, you can ride out a hurricane here, and I have , and it would be a fine site for year round ecotourism. Unfortunately, the operators concentrated on catering to bus tours and their business model is a failure

Thursday, August 25, 2016

more updates

Haven't posted lately because of turmoil in my day job, but finally a spare afternoon and decent internet access, here's a list, from West to East
The ferry is back, not without controversy, as it's a chartered US navy boat, province pays all the expenses, crew are all U.S. citizens, and Bay Ferries, given the contract to run it , is guaranteed its substantial management fee, no matter what. Many of the details secret and not divulged to the poor schmucks paying the bill, Anyway, it stays in Yarmouth overnight, outbound at 08h, inbound about 20h, local time  ( Z+3), which is one hour ahead of Eastern time . If you are confused after a tiring overnight passage, it is 08h in Yarmouth when it is 07h in Boston. Keep clear of it, like all shoal draft boats it can't manoevre at slow speeds.

Northeast Point
The little bay formed by the causeway is filling in some, need to be careful on the way in and stay close to the causeway

You cannot get fuel in Lockeport , and I don't think this is going to change, Bruce, the owner is trying to sell his whole operation ( restaurant, marina, fishing boat and licence, etc). This means anywhere west of Mahone Bay, the only places for fuel are the Lahave River and Shelburne Yacht clubs, unless you choose to go to Digby, a long detour. Y,all need to carry a number of yellow cans, in case you have to jug it and lug it.

Lunenburg is trying to be a bit more boat friendly. There are now visitors moorings. They are  (mostly ) white, with "boat locker" and the phone #( 902 640 3202) on them. You can also reserve an alongside berth, 902 229 2628. Be advised the alongside berths are quite noisy and the tour operators do not understand "no wake" There is a pretty good grocery store next to the Boat Locker. The Boat  Locker is at 280 Montague Street (one up from the waterfront) and you can tie your dinghy in front of it. You can also buy my book there. The other place for dinghies is just west of the grey "Zwicker" building, and there are garbage containers at both places. This is a vast improvement on a few years ago
I'm not a tech guy, but Even I realise that  most small laptops don't have a CD drive, so I can put the book on a thumb drive, let me know. You can contact me at or by snail mail ( not an exaggeration here) 3759 highway 3, RR#1 Glenwood NS B0W 1W0

more later

Monday, August 10, 2015

More Updates

For these I am grateful to Sharon and Paul Tisher of Maine

Marble Mountain
The spit on the west side of the entrance to Clarke Cove is now mostly under water, just covered by a few inches. Not shown well on any chart or my 2 plotters. Keep to starboard going in. The museum is closed.
the marina is long gone and there is not enough depth to anchor in the cove. It might be possible to do this just inside Dunphee Head , as in my description in the second edition. Don't try this if you draw more than 6 feet

Yankee Cove ( Whitehead Harbour)
Both my plotters show this poorly, with only one sounding for the whole cove. I've been here quite a few time and there is plenty of water as long as you avoid the rock that is just about in the middle of the entrance. Keep to starboard going in. The old paper charts show this much better. Paul and Sharon got help, as I have in the past, from the fishermen at Marshall cove. The little canal just north of the wharf here, that goes through to Port Felix, is now the site of a small park.

Sheet Harbour
Good reports of the restaurant at the Henley House, which is next to the Irving station that you see from the water. There may be slips out.

Sunday, July 19, 2015


I haven't updated my blog lately, largely due to the turmoil in my day job, but here are  some updates.

The Nova Star is now in its second year of operation. It seems to be more successful than its initial year, but its future is till controversial. It is inbound at 07-08 and outbound at 09-10h ADST ( 1 hour ahead of Boston) It is very large and the channel is very shallow. Keep clear of it.

As I understand it, there is no fuel to be had in Lockeport. The owner, Bruce is having some difficulty with the town and/or Mr. Irving's empire. I'm not sure whether this situation is temporary or not.


There is now a marina at the top of the Lahave River, close to the town. I haven't been there yet. This would be a good spot to ride out foul weather, tropical storms, and the like.

The Bluenose has finally been renovated, 3 years late and tens of millions over budget, the result of micro-management by incompetent politicians and civil servants. If you want to now how not to manage a big project, this would  be a good case to study.


The new owners re-opened the restaurant in 2014, I am going to try it out this summer


I've still not managed to visit this place by boat, but I did visit the Yacht club, which is on the east side of the harbor, about 5 miles from the entrance. There is water and slips , but no fuel. It is very pretty


The SeaRover Marina, at the head of the harbor, really never got off the ground. It is now virtually abandoned, with no equipment, slips, etc. , and empty buildings.


Much to my disappointment, Willy Krauch's Smokehouse has closed. Extensive renovations were needed and Max, Willy's son, did not think the poor business climate in the province could support it.

The East River  bridge is being rebuilt. The anchorage and wharf are completely obstructed by construction equipment. This is supposed to be all done by summer 2015, but these things often do not finish on time. There are still a couple of decent restaurants, but the " Tank" is closed. There is a pretty park at the head of the harbor on the site of the old paper mill.  I am told that the inn puts out slips in the summer but I haven't seen them myself.

this is as pretty as ever, but there are virtually no facilities except at Liscombe Lodge, and this is up for sale by the government. I didn't see a single wharf fit to tie up to except at  Hawbolt Cove. This is a place where old wooden long-liners seem to go to die, and there are half a dozen of them hauled up on the shore. The moorings at Liscombe Lodge have not been maintained and you should be prepared to anchor.

More, and hopefully, some pictures to follow