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Dodd's Narrows closure

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This effect for anyone transiting for cruising in the gulf islands for this period. This came as a notice from my club:

DODD NARROWS CLOSURES
July 14th to 18th, 2019

This notice is to inform all concerned boaters that Dodd Narrows will be closed to all vessel
traffic starting at 0915 on Sunday, July 14, 2019 until Wednesday, July 17, 2019 and possibly
extending to Thursday, July 18, 2019. The reason for this closure is that BC Hydro will be
upgrading, and replacing, the cables across Dodd Narrows. They will be using a helicopter for
some of the time as they replace the cables and put them on some new towers.
The Nanaimo Port Authority will have vessels on site to stop vessels from transiting the narrows
during the closure periods.

This work is scheduled to start on a Sunday as that is deemed to be the least disruptive to BC
Hydro customers on Gabriola and Mudge Islands as they will be without electricity during the
duration of this job.

There will be a scheduled opening for vessels to transit Dodd Narrows for one hour around
slack water on Sunday evening. The scheduled closure times are shown at the bottom of this
notice.

The information on the closures will also be broadcast on VHF radio. At this time I’m not sure if
it will be on Ch. 16 or there will be a short notice on Ch.16 directing you to the complete notice
on the weather channel.

I apologize for the short notice on this and the impact it may have on weekend plans. My
assistance was only requested earlier today, Wednesday, and the NPA was only informed of
this work on Monday, July 8.

Having said all this, there is a chance that none of this will happen and the work will be put off
for several months. At this time that is not a likely option but a slim possibility.

- Bill Wilson


Schedule
Sunday, July 14th:
Outage Day -  09:15-15:30
Flying Rope - 16:30-20:00
Pulling New Conductor

Monday, July 15th:
Pulling new conductor - 10:15-16:00

Tuesday, July 16th:
Stripping old conductor - 11:00-16:45

Wednesday, July 17th:
11:45-17:15

Thursday, July 18:
 12:15-17:45

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Brilliant - schedule it for the busiest time of the year.

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2 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

Brilliant - schedule it for the busiest time of the year.

That's what I thought SJB too. "I'm from the government; I'm here to help!" 

Just setting up to go cruising via Gambier and Kendrick Is. across the Strait and visit Nannymo YC friends, like Dash 34 so I guess we'll go around the back. Longer but not unpleasant until it's NW blowing a hoolie! 

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There are a couple of posts on trawler forum (google took me there) saying the closure is cancelled. I haven't found an authoritative source.

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3 minutes ago, yllek said:

There are a couple of posts on trawler forum (google took me there) saying the closure is cancelled. I haven't found an authoritative source.

Neither have I.  A notice from NYC sent out but if haven't seen it yet. Nothing from WVYC - yet.

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