Thursday, August 25, 2016

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

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Petpeswick Inlet

Petpeswick Inlet is very pretty, though a somewhat shallow entrance. 5 foot draft can get in 2 hours after low water, but don't try this with any strength of onshore wind. There is plenty of water once you are in. The is a small, volunteer yacht club about 4 miles up the inlet, on the eastern side

. They have slips and water, but no fuel

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Dundee Marina

I got the previous owners of Dundee Marina wrong, it was not the Cape Breton Boatyard, but Baddeck Marine. The marina remains closed. Thanks Jeff Clark for this information

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Nova Star ferry

well , the new ferry from Portland to Yarmouth appears to be a reality.
For Yarmouth Harbour, this is a very large boat, 550 feet long, and I'm sure at low tide, there is less than 3 feet under its keel.
It's inbound  at about 7am, and outbound at 10 am. It has no room to manoeuvre, none, at all.
If it's is in the narrow channel , from 1000 yards south of Bunker Island, to the ferry terminal, keep clear of it. DO NOT TRY TO SHARE THE CHANNEL WITH IT, WAIT UNTIL IT IS CLEAR. ABSOLUTELY, DO NOT TRY TO CROSS IN FRONT OF IT , this is dangerous. If the economics of the ferry work out, this will make western Nova Scotia less isolated from its traditional neighbours in New England, and be a great benefit to the region

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Grand Narrows- Bras d'Or Lakes

one of my readers brought to my attention that the little chart of the bridges at Grand Narrows ( Iona) is wrong. I have the railway bridge to the east of the road bridge, while it should be the other way round. I've corrected this in subsequent editions, Try as I might, I couldn't figure out a way to post the new chart on here