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Documentary Featuring Cadboro Bay and the Problem of Derelict Boats

Newly released documentary, Abandoned Dreams, is an immersive look into the problem of derelict boats that routinely mar the shores of Cadboro Bay and the broader coastline.

Footage of Cadboro Bay starts at 6:15, and John Roe of the Dead Boats Disposal Society, a well known figure within Cadboro Bay and beyond, is also featured. John Roe, one of the founders of the Dead Boats Disposal Society who has done tremendous work supporting Cadboro Bay and other communities, is also featured.

Over many years, Cadboro Bay Residents’ Association has been working with The Dead Boats Disposal Society, our MLA, Murray Rankin, Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes, Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch, and the Coast Guard. We have a plan.

Watch the full documentary here.

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From https://www.abandoneddreams.ca/

The Story:

Derelict and abandoned boats are one of the most frustrating and alarming issues faced by British Columbia’s coastal communities today. Reaching the end of their usable life cycle, with current disposal options being prohibitively expensive and no way to track ownership, old sail and powerboats are being left to rot on
their moorings in public anchorages and bays in staggering numbers.

Not only do these vessels clog up BC’s most prized destinations and waterways but they often end up drifting onto beaches and into public property—costing taxpayers and communities millions of dollars in damage and environmental clean-up each year. Up until recently, these coastal communities were left to deal with the issue themselves, with little support from government and no way to hold boaters accountable for their vessels. But with Transport Canada’s recently announced Abandoned Boats Program and several exciting initiatives in the works, help is on the horizon.

The Documentary:

Abandoned Dreams looks into the root causes of this abandoned boat epidemic, from social issues like the rising cost of living and lack of marina space in BC, to administrative issues like tracking and enforcing responsible boat ownership, and finally take a look at the new government program and the future plans for
accessible and safe boat disposal and recycling in BC.

Abandoned Dreams shows viewers the stark contrast between BC’s beautiful coastline and the eyesore of rotting and derelict boats in its bays and beaches. We interview boat owners and community members who are frustrated by the degradation of their local waters, government officials who are implementing the Abandoned Boat Program, and boating industry experts who can provide context on what this issue and its solutions mean to the boating community and economy in general.

This documentary is visually and thematically entertaining and informative to casual viewers and boat owners alike, and will show the full impact of this issue on BC’s coastal communities and environment.

AN OP MEDIA GROUP LTD. PRODUCTION

Affiliated with publications BC Outdoors, Pacific Yachting and British Columbia Magazine.

For more information and broadcast opportunities contact:

Producer:
Desiree Miller

desiree@opmediagroup.ca

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30-Foot Casualty of High Winds in Cadboro Bay

Jan 5, 2021 – Late this afternoon the Junita AM, a 30 foot sloop washed ashore on the beach in front of Waring Place in Cadboro Bay.  Thanks to Mr. D Sawyer for the initial report. The Coast Guard was immediately notified (File #2021-0011) as well as the Environmental Response Team to deal with a potential diesel fuel problem.

The Environmental Response Team will return in the morning of January 6th to continue their assessment of this vessel. Representatives of the Cadboro Bay Residents Association are attempting to contact a person that may be the owner of this boat.

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Casualty of Heavy Winds, Jan 5 2021

Late this afternoon the Junita AM, a 30 foot sloop washed ashore on the beach in front of Waring Place in Cadboro Bay.  Thanks to Mr. D Sawyer for the initial report. The Coast Guard was immediately notified (File #2021-0011) as well as the Environmental Response Team to deal with a potential diesel fuel problem.

The Environmental Response Team will return in the morning of January 6th to continue their assessment of this vessel. Representatives of the Cadboro Bay Residents Association are attempting to contact a person that may be the owner of this boat.

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New Year’s Eve boat wreck removed from Cadboro Bay Beach, but winter storms loom

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On Wednesday, December 30, 2020 around 3 pm, high winds caused a 30-foot Yamaha fiberglass sloop sailboat to break loose from its mooring buoy in Cadboro Bay. Breaking waves washed it ashore, restricting safe access to the beach. Its mast hovered inches above a glass-walled fence on a private property on Waring Place.

A Cadboro Bay Residents` Association (CBRA) Board Member attended the scene within the hour. CBRA contacted the Coast Guard and spoke to the owner of the Waring Place property whose fence was in danger of being damaged.

The Canada Shipping Act, R.S.C allows any person to secure a vessel in distress and then pass the cost to the vessel’s owner, however a registration number was not located on the boat and it is unclear whether the boat owner has been identified.

The homeowner contacted Cold Water Divers Inc. and arranged the removal of the boat from the beach. That task was completed at high tide the morning of December 31, 2020. The boat has been returned to a mooring buoy in Cadboro Bay. CBRA urges boat owners to routinely inspect their boats to ensure secure connection through the seasons.

In cases like this, local community members bear expense and effort in the response, sometimes without awareness by the boat owners responsible for the problem. As the winter season advances, more boat wrecks can be expected—six vessels washed onto Cadboro Bay Beach in January 2020 alone. It was eleven months before they were removed.

In this incident a local homeowner stepped up to have the boat removed immediately. When a boat is dealt with promptly the removal costs can be less than $1,500 in the simplest cases. But once a boat is damaged, sunk, or ensnared the cost to remove it can be significantly higher.

Safety risks and access impediments result for beach users, and environmental hazards result from leakage of fuel, oil, and holding tank contents, along with debris that becomes strewn across the beach and bay.

A longer-term solution to prevent boats from breaking loose and ending up on the beach is under consideration by the Municipalities of both Oak Bay and Saanich. CBRA has been meeting with both Municipalities and several options are being explored. CHEK News has also featured this incident, with video footage of the scene and an interview with CBRA.

CBRA is grateful this incident was resolved quickly, and we thank the Waring Place homeowner for removing the boat from the beach. CBRA also extends a thank-you to all community members that support CBRA in its efforts to put an end to derelict boats in Cadboro Bay.

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New Year’s Eve boat wreck removed from Cadboro Bay Beach, but winter storms loom

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On Wednesday, December 30, 2020 around 3 pm, high
winds caused a 30-foot Yamaha fiberglass sloop sailboat to break loose from its
mooring buoy in Cadboro Bay. Breaking waves washed it ashore, restricting safe
access to the beach. Its mast hovered inches above a glass-walled fence on a private
property on Waring Place.

A Cadboro Bay Residents` Association (CBRA) Board Member
attended the scene within the hour. CBRA contacted the Coast Guard and spoke to
the owner of the Waring Place property whose fence was in danger of being
damaged.

The Canada Shipping Act, R.S.C allows any
person to secure a vessel in distress and then pass the cost to the vessel’s
owner, however a registration number was not located on the boat and it is
unclear whether the boat owner has been identified.

The homeowner contacted Cold Water Divers Inc. and arranged the removal of the boat from the
beach. That task was completed at high tide the morning of December 31, 2020.
The boat has been returned to a mooring buoy in Cadboro Bay. CBRA urges boat
owners to routinely inspect their boats to ensure secure connection through the
seasons.

In cases such as this, local community members bear
expense and effort in the response, sometimes without awareness by the boat
owners responsible for the problem. As the winter season advances, more boat
wrecks can be expected—six wrecks washed onto Cadboro Bay Beach in January 2020
alone. It was eleven months before they were removed.

In this incident a local homeowner stepped up to
have the boat removed immediately. When a boat is dealt with promptly the
removal costs can be less than $1,500 in the simplest cases. But once a boat is
damaged, sunk, or ensnared the cost to remove it can be significantly higher.

Safety risks and access impediments result for
beach users, and environmental hazards result from leakage of fuel, oil, and
holding tank contents, along with debris that becomes strewn across the beach
and bay.

A longer-term solution to prevent boats from
breaking loose and ending up on the beach is under consideration by the
Municipalities of both Oak Bay and Saanich. The Cadboro Bay Residents`
Association has been meeting with both Municipalities and several options are
being explored. 

CHEK News has also featured this incident, with video footage.

CBRA is grateful this incident was resolved quickly,
and we thank the Waring Place homeowner for removing the boat from the beach.
CBRA also extends a thank-you to all community members that support CBRA in its
efforts to put an end to derelict boats in Cadboro Bay.

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Boat removal an ‘early Christmas’ present for Cadboro Bay Beach

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CBRA has been working for many months with Municipal, Provincial,  Federal Government Representatives and our companion organization the Dead Boat Disposal Society to once again remove the derelict vessels from both the beach and the bottom of the Bay.

This is the second time in less than 3 years that this massive undertaking has been accomplished.

Our next step is to work with the Municipalities of Oak Bay, Saanich and the CRD to put a stop to this cycle of abandoned or neglected vessels ending up in Cadboro Bay.

We believe that an owner financed vessel Remediation Fund is  part of the solution when combined with the  regulated management of mooring buoys and anchorages in Cadboro Bay.

For additional photos, news reporting and latest updates on derelict boats, visit https://cadboro.ca/projects/

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Re: Derelict and Abandoned Boats in Cadboro Bay Beach

Good Afternoon,

It was with great interest that I read the above article in todays issue of the Oak Bay News. A friend (Cadboro Bay Resident) and I were  doing garbage pick up at Caddy Beach, May 18 and noticed  5 derelict boats (2 partially submerged and 3 beached) there at that time.

I  sent a letter to Saanich Municipal Council as well as talked with John Roe of the Dead Boat Society. I also sent a letter to Andrew Weaver, though have not heard back. The automated reply from Saanich Municipal Council was that  it would be brought forward, though have not heard anything since.

I am delighted to hear that the Cadboro Bay Resident Association is  doing beach clean ups and is actively involved with the on-going issue of derelict and abandoned boats.

On another note, as we walked south along the beach, we came across many feet of coiled, perforated pipes. They appeared to be drainage pipes, though we were not sure about this. There was a lot of overhanging invasive ivy in that area, so was hard to get in underneath the ivy to investigate any further. I’d be very interested to know why it is there?

Is there also interest in removing invasive ivy from the beach and replacing with beach grass?

Kind Regards

Jacqueline Bird

Oak Bay Resident

[email address supplied]

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Derelict Boats update

From Jerry Donaldson for CBRA and Dead Boats Society:

It’s Thursday, May 21, 2020.  

The following boats are abandoned and/or derelict in the Bay:

  • Boat 1:  18 ft. power boat “Ms L.”, on the beach Saanich side.
  • Boat 2: Spellbound, 25 ft. sloop, on the beach, Oak Bay side.   
  • Boat 3: Free Spirit, 24 ft. sloop, below the high tide mark on the Oak Bay side 
  • Boat 4: Sea Lion, 27 ft.  sloop, the Oak Bay side. 
  • Boat 5: Name unknown, 28 ft.  sloop, sunk on the Saanich side 150 feet offshore, on the Saanich side.   
  • Boat 6: A sunken sailboat, maybe 18 ft. , a few hundred yards off-shore on the Saanich side  
  • Boat 7: Boat 7 has been removed by parties unknown 
  • Boat 8: Unnamed sloop, approximately 28 ft., on the rocks on the east side of the bay, in Saanich in front of 2855 Sea View Road. 

Removal efforts
John Roe has now posted the 30 day notice on each boat.  At the expiration of
30 days he will be in a position to launch removal efforts.
My information is that Boat 6 and Boat 8 may not be included in John Roe’s
efforts.  I will clarify that with him prior to the CBRA Board meeting next week.  There may be a Boat 9 on the east shore, near Boat 8.  More information as we received it. 

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Derelict Boat Report, May 11, 2020

Jerry Donaldson, board member of the CBRA and The Dead Boats Society, reports: 

It’s Monday, May 11, 2020.  Here is the Derelict Boat Report:

The following boats are abandoned and/or derelict in the Caboro Bay:

  • Boat 1: Ms L., 18 ft. power boat, on the beach Saanich side
  • Boat 2: Spellbound, 25 ft. sloop, on the beach, Oak Bay side.   
  • Boat 3: Free Spirit, 24 ft. sloop, below the high tide mark on the Oak Bay side 
  • Boat 4: Sea Lion, 27 ft. sloop, the Oak Bay side. 
  • Boat 5: Name unknown, 28 ft. sloop, sunk on the Saanich side 150 feet off-shore, on the Saanich side.   
  • Boat 6: A sunken sailboat, maybe 18 ft., a few hundred yards off-shore on the Saanich side  
  • Boat 7: Boat 7 has been removed by parties unknown 
  • Boat 8: Unnamed sloop, approximately 28 ft., on the rocks on the east side of the bay, in Saanich in front of 2855 Sea View Road. 

Update on removal efforts
John Roe has now posted the 30 day notice on each boat.  At the expiration of
30 days he will be in a position to launch removal efforts.”