Last Friday, October the 13th, the facility became safe for full usage. Huge thanks to the volunteers (Raymond Rae, Ross McCutcheon, Wendy Nordli, and Frank Neilson) who worked so hard on the last dock construction activity.
With this work completed, we now have 37 docking spaces available. As noted throughout this long project, 21 of these are for shared use (including one space reserved for the Caretaker and one space for unloading/water taxi usage), and 16 Reserved Slips.
The initial allocation of this mix is indicated on the diagram below. With the facility now operational, all owners must respect this mix. The owners who have paid for Reserved Slip usage rights will be notified directly with regards to which slip has been initially allocated to them for use. These slips are all on Float “A” and are noted in Red. All other owners must use a slip or dock space that is indicated as Green for shared use.
Along Float “A”, slip numbers, such as those shown in the picture below, have been deployed. Later this week (weather permitting!) a duplicate set will be installed on the ends of the fingers to mark the slips for the approach from the water. Please note that over time, the specific slips allocated as reserved will change as the mix of boats changes. The labels on the slips will be updated whenever this occurs.
A word about the slips along Float “A”
As the diagram shows, the layout was designed with a mix of fingers of different lengths and spacing. There are 2 fingers 24 feet long, 6 that are 27 feet long, 4 that are 30 feet long, and the outer “hammerhead” which creates 2 fingers 31.5 feet long. It is very important that owners, guests, and contractors using shared slips consider the size of their boat when choosing a location to dock. Smaller boats should make every effort to use the smaller slips (and linear dock spaces) and leave the larger slips available for larger boats, since large boats cannot use shorter and narrower slips. The spacing between fingers was also designed recognizing that larger boats are also wider. The 3 foot width of the fingers themselves was selected to maximize the number and size of boats we can safely accommodate at the dock behind the breakwater.
We have been in constant communication with the supplier of the fingers and have discussed the twist exhibited. We have been assured that this is the result of pressure treated material drying out while the fingers were laying on the ground at their construction yard this summer and that this will take care of itself now that they are in the water and cool damp weather returns.
What Remains to be Completed?
The link from shore out to the ramp has yet to be brought up to the final height. This will be completed by Heavy Metal when they return to start the road project. When they are ready to complete the final installation of rock on the shore link, we will issue notices of any last road closures that this causes. Other than that, all road closures for this project have concluded!
There are caps to be installed on the tops of the dock piles and zinc anodes to be hung from each of the steel piles. This should not interfere with usage of the facility.
Mooring Buoys Available
One of the last things that the Heavy Metal crew working on the crane barge did was move our mooring buoys farther to the west so that they no longer interfere with the channel that will be used by barges. With this completed, owners are once again free to use the strata owned mooring buoys.
The Temporary Dock
With our breakwater protected facility now safe for full usage, owners are requested to no longer use the temporary dock off the barge ramp and to remove any dinghies and kayaks. This dock will be dismantled and Heavy Metal will be removing the ramp when they demobilize at the end of the road project.
Council wishes to thank all owners for the great cooperation shown this summer with the road closures and the use of the temporary dock. The lack of interference with the contractor helped get this facility completed without any serious incidents.
Enormous thanks to volunteers
We also wish to once again acknowledge the huge contribution from volunteers for this major project. It is estimated that by providing housing for the breakwater crew and labour for working on the dock modifications, we saved over $100,000 (over $900 per strata lot) during the construction activity since May when the eelgrass was transplanted. As noted at the AGM, it is this level of volunteerism that could make this project possible. Thank you!