Strata Residents and VPD Struggle With “Abandoned” Boats in False Creek

“We recognize that there are a lot of abandoned boats on the water, and a lot of those boats are used in low cost housing,” said Sgt. Steve Addison, VPD Media Relations Manager.

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One stratum in Yaletown is concerned about dozens of boats anchored directly in front of its building in North False Creek, with some noisy generators at night releasing raw sewage and leaking gas into the water.

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“Ahead of our area there are maybe 25 to 30 or more boats that don’t move a lot and don’t look seaworthy,” said Doug Loughran, a resident of one of the condos that sits right on. the dam.

A boat nearly sank recently before the coast guard lifted it while two others were completely submerged, Loughran said.

In a letter to the VPD and the City of Vancouver, the Strata said, “In particular, two boats are running generators after hours and the building manager had to call the VPD boat patrol. “

He said there was noise from the generator between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. and that “once a boat dumped raw sewage into the water and currently a boat is submerged and leaking from the water. gas in front of one of the townhouses a short walk from the pedestrian zone.

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“In addition, there is a boat with several bicycles on board which are moved to a dinghy and back.”

“Looks like there’s a network of them dealing with stolen bikes. We can see new e-bikes and other fancy bikes being placed in rowboats and stacked on decks, people changing parts. “

Sgt. Steve Addison, VPD media relations manager, said he understands this must be frustrating for residents.

“We recognize that there are a lot of abandoned boats on the water, and many of these boats are used as low cost housing. It is unfortunate that some feel compelled to look at an unsightly situation and it is worrying that some feel in danger.

Addison said the situation in False Creek “is a bit complicated, in part because the area is a shared responsibility between different agencies and levels of government.”

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He said the VPD’s marine unit patrols False Creek and can investigate crimes or resolve security concerns. He can draft tickets under the Canada Shipping Act for boaters who pollute and those who have exceeded the 14 days allowed in summer and 21 days in winter.

“It is difficult to prove if a boater has exceeded the length of stay, however, as their cleared stay is reset each time they leave False Creek and return. Without constant monitoring, some boaters are able to exploit loopholes.

Longtime boater Richard McDonald said there was an excess of boats on the water because during COVID the rules were relaxed a bit to allow boaters to stay longer than usual. However, everyone has a license.

“Some of their boats, as you’ve probably observed, look abandoned. They’re not all bad guys, bad guys, but their boats aren’t the best maintained.

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The City has expressed its concerns to Heather Civic Marina, who issues the permits.

A spokesperson for Heather Marina said he is informing the Parks Board about which boats have and do not have permits.

But the Parks Board told Postmedia that “this waterway is outside the jurisdiction of the Parks and Recreation Board” and that these concerns should be directed to the city and the VPD.

The False Creek Harbor Authority responded to residents saying it was a commercial fishing port with no authority outside their body of water. “We sympathize with your plight. They often cause problems for us and our boaters.

jlee-young@postmedia.com

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