When you’re stranded in the middle of nowhere and need to get a boat to a boat landing in the Pacific Ocean, it’s not exactly a glamorous experience.
That’s because it’s all about logistics and cost.
That is why a Canadian tourist group is launching a campaign to help those on the verge of getting stranded find a boat.
“It’s a lot of money.
It’s not a lot for us,” said Stephanie Wozniak, an associate director with the B.C. Association of First Nations (BCFN) who helped develop the idea of the Sea to Shore Boat Landing Association.
“We’re going to get our boat in the water, get it to the landing, we’re going through customs, we’ll get a passport, we can all be there in about an hour.
And then we can leave.”
The organization’s boat landing program, called Sea to Coast, has so far helped more than 600 people get to their destination.
The group has been working with B.A.F.T.s, the B-2 Spirit bombers and the Air Force, but is also partnering with the RCMP, the Coast Guard and others.
Sea to coast boats are designed to operate in low-to-moderate seas and carry up to 60 people.
That means they are not required to have any kind of navigational aids, and they can’t be seen from the ground.
That can cause a bit of a logistical nightmare, said Woznik.
“The first thing you have to do is go and find your boat,” she said.
“Then you have your boat in port, then you have customs, you have everything.
And you have an entire day of port-to of getting your boat to the boat landing.
It takes about 10 minutes.
You have a boat on a lake. “
There’s so many challenges you have.
You have a boat on a lake.
You’ve got a boat in low waters, with no visibility.
You’re stranded on the side of a mountain.
And they’re coming from all directions, and the waves are going to be extremely high.”
That’s not just a logistical challenge.
Many people on the other side of the ocean also have their own problems with getting the boat to shore.
Woznick says that is one of the biggest challenges in getting a boat out of the water.
“If you’re going down to the coast, you can only find a couple of places to get your boat.
And if you’re coming in from the back, you’re not sure where to go.”
The BCFN’s plan is to work with the Coast Guards and RCMP to create a network of rescue boats and volunteers to help people get back to their boats.
The Sea to Land Boat Landing organization will work with local volunteers to provide support, and it will provide assistance with transport to the island.
“So if someone is stranded on a beach, or they’re in a place where the wind is blowing, or if they have a problem with the boat they’re on, we need to be there to help them,” Woznek said.
She said the group’s goal is to be able to provide basic support, including food, water and other essentials, in the days after a boat landings, while also offering them a bit more freedom.
“People have lost so much in that experience.
We have been very generous with the assistance that we can provide.
And we’re also going to offer people a bit bit of freedom and a bit less isolation,” she added.
“That’s what this is all about.”
It’s a project that started back in 2013, when Wozniak was in a canoe trip along the St. Lawrence River with her husband and son.
“At one point we were just trying to get to a lake,” Wuzniak said.
The couple had a problem.
They were heading into Canada from New York and were crossing the St., Lawrence, a popular destination for the families of tourists.
They didn’t have much money, so they decided to rent a car.
The car was $10,000, but it was the last one they would get.
“When we got there we were all excited,” Wosniak recalled.
“All of a sudden we saw this little car that had this trailer, and we were like, ‘Oh my God!
That’s a boat!'”
So they took it to a B.D. Howe ferry to get it checked out.
The boat landed on the dock and Wozner and her husband were in shock.
“I thought, ‘Holy cow, we did it.
“They said, ‘It looks like your boat landed in St. John’s.’ “
“She said, “Oh my”
She said, “Oh my