Mannion Bay moorage advisory

Bowen Island Municipality is strongly advising owners of vessels moored in Mannion Bay to remove their boats from the bay for the remainder of the winter season. Mannion Bay is not a safe moorage area at this time.

Winter weather conditions in Howe Sound vary greatly from year to year. This year we have seen wind patterns shift from strong Squamish to equally strong south-easterlies. As they change course, very strong and sustained winds blow directly into Mannion Bay, often accompanied by torrential rainfall.

There have been five incidents in recent weeks that have resulted in sunken boats and over $25,000 in losses to the owners of the vessels. So far this season, Bowen Island Municipality has spent about $11,000 on mitigating the environmental impacts of boats in the bay.

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