2012 Annual General Meeting

Dear Members:

Please plan to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the BC Nautical Residents Association. It is scheduled for Sunday, October 14th, 1:00pm, at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre, Pioneer Room. The rec centre is located at 527 Fraser Street, Esquimalt, BC.

A new Board of Directors (5 – 7 members) will be elected at the AGM. If you are interested in serving, please be prepared to let your name stand at the meeting. All board candidates will be asked to introduce themselves before the election. No long political speeches are required! You’ll have two minutes maximum to say who you are, where you’re from, and why you’re interested in running for the BCNR Board of Directors.

If you have an item that you would like discussed at the AGM, please email it to feedback@bcnr.org by October 3, 2012, to ensure that you’ll have time on the agenda.

Looking forward to seeing you at the BCNR AGM!

Donna Sassaman
Recording Secretary
BC Nautical Residents Association

In Memoriam – Christopher David Gower-Rees

Christopher David Gower-Rees, an early member of the BC Nautical Residents Association, died suddenly aboard his boat, Gratitude, on August 20th in Port Townsend, Washington. Chris was born April 27th, 1944 in Salisbury, UK, son of Diana and David Gower-Rees. He is survived by his sister, Diana Ellis, of Queensville, Ontario. A spreading of Chris’ ashes ceremony took place at the Ogden Point breakwater on Tuesday, September 11, followed by a celebration of his life at the Church of Truth, Victoria. Donations to Chris’s “Gratitude Fund” may be made in care of The Victoria Foundation, Suite 109-645 Fort Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1G2, 250-381-5532.

Fair winds and following seas, Chris.

Living under the radar in Victoria’s Inner Harbour

Some concerns were raised by livaboards at the GVHA Wharf St. Docks in this article By Roszan Holmen – Victoria News. Rick Schnurr from BCNR was invited to make a comment. Read more in the article here.


I think this article raises some important issues common to liveaboards everywhere. We are a gray area and because we are”non-status” we’re often over-looked. I look forward to the formation of the liaison group and hope it builds a strong working relationship between livaboards and the GVHA.

Kris Samuels

Massive Marine Garage Sale

Massive Garage Sale

Massive Garage Sale

On Saturday, April 21st, the Maritime Museum of BC is hosting the ‘9th Annual Massive Marine Garage Sale’ at Ogden Point – Pier A, Victoria, 9:00am – 1:00pm.

The BC Nautical Residents Association will have a table at the Garage Sale, and is soliciting donations that will help us earn some money for BCNR projects. Do you have an item or items that you’d like to donate to the cause?

Donated items should be in saleable condition: marine electronics, anchors and anchor rode, sails, cruising guides, galley gear, blocks, etc. etc.

If you live in the Greater Victoria area (Sidney to Colwood) and would like your donations to be picked up, please contact Tim Finlay: garagesale2012@bcnr.org by April 19th.

And if you’re planning to attend the Garage Sale, please stop by the BCNR table to introduce yourself and have a chat.

Thank you for any items you’re able to donate to the BCNR. Hope to see you on April 21st at Ogden Point, 9:00 – 1:00.

Tim Finlay
BCNR Director

Don’t forget need for a working harbour

By Rick Schnurr, Times Colonist November 29, 2011

There is a need for some creative planning of the Victoria harbour foreshore.

However, recent articles have not mentioned the need for creative thinking and planning about the water of the harbour. The highest and best use of the harbour is for the navigation, protection and safe moorage of all vessels using it.

Victoria Harbour is a working harbour. It must continue to be available for all those vessels now using it.

Too often in the past, we have witnessed the displacement of marine services, moorage facilities, and navigation capacity in favour of gentrified shoreline developments. While condominiums, hotels, tourist entertainment and shopping facilities, recreational and cultural buildings can be located in any number of land-based locations, larger boats seeking shelter, seaplanes that need safe runways, and vessels needing maintenance and repair can only be accommodated in a safe harbour such as Victoria now offers.

Please keep the mariners in mind. Consult with all of the current marine users of the harbour during the planning process.

Rick Schnurr

Director, B.C. Nautical Residents Assoc.

Victoria Floating Boat Show

The BCNR has secured a seat at the 2011 Victoria Floating Boat Show in Victoria, BC between APRIL 28 and MAY 1, 2011.

We would like to put out a heartfelt thankyou to the British Columbia Yacht Brokers Association and especialy Kathy Harvey for this generous invitation.

Without this kind of valuable support we could not survive as an credable organization.

I invite everyone to come and meet us at the main entrance to the show and support this fun and interesting event.

You can find further information at


BCNR Press release

The BCNR has released a press kit.

The feedback has been positive and the press has contacted us for several interviews.

When contacting government agents this week we were recognized immediately and were told that they feel that our presence is of great value.

The directors feel that after a great deal of work the association is finally gaining credibility and will have the ability to make a genuine contribution to improving the live aboard lifestyle.

Story by Rachel Stern – Nanaimo News Bulletin

New group looking to address liveaboard issues

Nanaimo News Bulletin

Vancouver Island Central


By Rachel Stern – Nanaimo News Bulletin

Published: February 24, 2011 3:00 PM

A new Victoria-based association wants to create a unified front to address issues that affect people living aboard their boats along the B.C. coast.

The recently formed founded the British Columbia Nautical Residents Association is trying to recruit members.

Rick Schnurr, a founder and director of the group, said the association was formed to fight prejudices and create a unified voice on issues that impact the lifestyle.

“There is a fair bit of prejudice against liveaboards,” said Schnurr, adding there are a number of concerns in Nanaimo that have been brought to the association’s attention.

“It’s pretty restrictive for liveaboards anchoring in Nanaimo,” he said.

One of the major issues that has concerned Nanaimo boaters is the Nanaimo Port Authority’s permanent moorage policy that was introduced in 2009. The policy requires boaters staying more than 14 days in a 30-day period to get a permit and adhere to regulations set by the Port Authority.

The most recent issue to concern Nanaimo boaters revolves around buoys placed as anchorage around Newcastle Island.

Schnurr said an association is important to help boaters deal with issues and the regulations they are expected to follow in certain harbours.

The association wants to create a database so people can clearly understand the regulations for specific areas.

Schnurr said one of the difficulties boaters face is that most harbours fall under overlapping areas of government jurisdiction, including federal and provincial authorities.

The association is a non-profit society and currently has about 45 members.

The Nanaimo Harbour Boaters Community refused to comment as to whether it has joined.

The association has four main goals: to preserve and support the liveaboard lifestyle, promote environmental awareness amongst liveaboards, communicate and resolve issues of concern to liveaboards and serve as a voice on issues that affect B.C. waterways.

Membership in the association is open to anyone interested in the liveaboard life and annual membership is $10 per vessel.

For more information or to join the Nautical Residents Association, please go to www.bcnr.org.