Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Well,It Had to Happen...

But, I'm not bitter.

This afternoon I was in the process of crawling under the ass end of Autarkia to do the final fitting of the outboard motor transom mount, that because of the bolt throughs, would be much easier to accomplish prior to any decking being installed.

From my low vantage point, I was able to see a white pickup truck pull up to the curb then some legs with feet attached to the bottom ends thereof approach up the driveway.  By ducking a little lower I could then make out the "District of Mission' logo on the side of the truck.

This seemed to be somewhat ominous.

It was.

The bylaw officer was quite good at his job and very diplomatic.  However, long story short, I've got about three weeks to get Autarkia the hell out of my driveway.

According to the officer, they don't really care about anything unless there is a complaint.  Apparently Autarkia is generating a fair number of them.  I'm convinced it isn't my neighbours, all of which I know well.  But we have a well traveled pathway through a small playground at the end of our cul-de-sac and I suspect a poodle walker or such may have had a worry that Autarkia would topple from her shoring and squash the little bugger while he was pissing on one of the supports.  You see, safety was a major concern.

Well, apart from the $500 or so it will cost to move her, I'm not in bad shape.  Tim, my old landlord where I built her will gladly take me back.  In the meantime, balls to the wall getting as much as I can done right here, right now.


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  2. Sorry to hear about your trouble. But you're right ... it was predictable. That said, I'm sure that in the end, it will only inconvenience you.

    A contributor to my misanthropy is the small-minded, mean-spirited, busybody nature of too many people.

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    1. Well, I thank Lorri for encouraging me to have a good attitude about it. It's as you say Yoda, an inconvenience. But, there will come a day soon I think, when authorities will have their hands far too full to bother with boats in the driveway. And those who would otherwise call upon them for such pettiness, may have their hands full as well.

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    2. and that will be a good day to have a sailing houseboat.

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    3. Amen to that..... a fine day to be mobile with wind power.

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    4. And to help with that goal ... triloboats and "good enough" seem to be naturally compatible, if we'll let them be:

      http://smallboatprojects.blogspot.tw/2016/05/good-enough.html

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  3. Exponential rise of laws from exponentially increasing government from exponentially increasing central bank money creation..... yadda yadda yadda and one reason we bailed from the USAA to latin america. I recall sailor Hans Klaar building his giant 75 foot polynesian cruising cat on a beach in western africa a few years back and rolling it into the water on local empty propane cylinders. Even his build was hastened in the end since he painted it black and many locals and govt folks thought it was some clandestine military project as a result and the build starting getting dicey. Dave Zeiger apparently had to carefully plan his last build supplies wise since he was so remote but, on the other hand, no oppressive hand of the state or society busting his hump about the build. Fortunately your story has a (potentially) happy ending since the end result is sailing away from a lot of governmental control anytime you want while the rest of the locals languish in the impact zone. Not as bad as trying to build in the E.U. though. Sounds like it would be almost impossible anymore, over there, without a league of bureaucrats standing there monitoring you or a video cam set up to record all your moves to insure lockstep rigidity with "laws". As a bonafide anarchist I profoundly identify with your disgust at these sub-moronic ploys.

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    1. Abuse of power gets me into bouts of depression. Rampant in the States, where property seizure without criminal charge is becoming the norm, and becoming quite trendy here in Canada. Fact is, no one 'owns' anything anymore. The District of Mission, and any municipality for that matter, can issue bylaw fines that can accumulate daily in the hundreds of dollars, and left unpaid, levied against the property itself. Allowed to go its course, the result is seizure.

      Many laws and bylaws are hidden. My own search of the bylaws listed on the District of Mission's website did not include any that referenced boats in a driveway.

      It is getting to the point where pretty much everything is illegal allowing authorities to abuse and control as they see fit.

      Life on the water is a gray area though, as far as our laws go here in Canada. Jurisdiction is hazy and resources limited on all counts, with Federal, Provincial and Municipal authorities pointing to each other with regard to regulation and enforcement. Add to that First Nations claims and it gets murkier still. So up here, unless you are doing something that Fisheries Canada, or Provincial Conservation Officers can nab you for, then your only worry is the RCMP on inland waters and the Coast Guard in coastal waters, who enforce the usual stuff. Where you decide to hang out on the water is still quite free. And like you say Robert - you can sail away at any time.

      It doesn't happen too often, but I did not sleep last night thinking about where our world is heading.

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    2. Hit the nail on the head with the comment about no one owning anything anymore. For example, a house. No matter the type of paperwork, everyone is just renting, whether they know it or not. That is especially true of home"own"ers during the mortgage phase, but even after the mortgage is paid off. If you think not, just try not paying the property taxes on your free-and-clear home.

      Where I am now geographically is not where I'll be when it comes time for me to build. I've been virtually scouting the new place for small rural land parcels to buy to allow an off-grid, primitive residence and remote boatbuilding site. After months of searching, I'm currently in a non-productive funk. Other than the constant annoyance of minimal resources, I'm finding the local land use regulations to be stunningly oppressive. Even for rural land in the boonies, some counties have gone as far as to classify large tracts "residential" (defunct past plans or future plans) or to go to the extreme of saying that shipping containers and RVs are not allowed, or to specify the dimensions of allowable garden sheds. Even when you "own" property, you can't control it. It's really starting to get me down and simultaneously throw fuel on my tiny internal anarchist fire (not to mention screwing with my boatbuilding plans). :/

      Al, if you're planning on being a "good citizen" anyway and complying with the verbal request to move your boat within 3 weeks, you might give something a try. Go down to your local district office (driveway police), and in as genuinely nice a manner as they used, ask them to show you the exact text of the law/ordinance that prevents you from having your boat in the driveway of your own home. If they cannot, that would open up some options.

      After all, a complaint does not a law make, and you have nothing to lose.

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    3. P.S.:

      Seems that sometime in the not too distant past (20-30 years ago), if someone talked like we've been doing in this thread, they'd have been considered fringe lunatics. By me, and probably by most other people. However, in the last few years, I've noticed that the people talking like this are some of the smartest, most aware, most levelheaded people that I'm acquainted with, and generally speaking, it doesn't seem to be a tiny minority anymore. That's not good news (re: Al's comment about losing sleep). It's either that, or I've magically migrated to the still tiny lunatic fringe! ;-)

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    4. Good idea Yoda. I just emailed the bylaw officer requesting that info.

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  4. Put some wheels on it and call it an RV.

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    2. Well, I read the bylaw and it applies to RV's as well. Now here is the interesting part: I went for my daily walk downtown today - about 6km round trip. On my usual route, and not straying from it I counted at least 10 travel trailers in excess of the 24.5 foot limit that applies to RV's along with boats. I bet if I got in the car and spent a half hour driving around that I would discover a hundred.

      Now RVing is big, big, business in British Columbia. I think that is why they are being selectively overlooked.

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    3. Just had a meeting at City Hall. The bylaw guys were pretty decent and have given me some leeway. They don't want me to have a nervous breakdown or rush building the deck - which I told them I needed to do to stiffen it up before moving it. Plus the boat mover is busy as hell this time of year and they understand scheduling with him can be an issue. So as long as I keep them informed I've probably got another 4 to 6 weeks easy. I can do a lot during that amount of time.

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  5. Just a temporary bump in the road.... soon you'll be wild and FREE. Well, as much as we can understand that concept in todays world anyway. Sounds like once afloat things will really open up and Tristan Jones old adage applies:

    "When in danger,

    or in doubt,

    hoist the sails,

    and bugger off out"

    Thank goodness it's a fast to build triloboat. Shortens your exposure to the cretinoid control class.

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