Canadian Hydrographic Charts 1438, 1439
|44 degrees 13.20: minutes North||76 degrees 28.87: minutes West|
Flora MacDonald Confederation BasinPortsmouth Harbor Kingston YC or Collins Bay
IMPORTANT 2000 NOTE
ANCHORAGE AREA CLOSED
OTHER ANCHORAGE AREAS
For you fellow vagrents who feel a cruising vessel need not PAY to drop its own hook there are decreasingoptions in the Kingston area. The down side is that the water to the south of Kingston often becomes quite rough due to prevailing winds which requires some manner of headland to the south west.
Navy Bay is found east accross the Cataraqui River from downtown Kingston and Confederation Basin. On approach to Kingston and the river you can usually see Martello Tower and the roofs of the Royal Military college to the east. Navy Bay is east of Point Fredrick on which the Royal Millitary College is located. There is a shoal that extends from Point Fredrick for 300 feet and the sailing school located in the bay can make it busy in season.
The docks are private so you must be prepared to anchor and watch your depth.
Your other options would include seeking shelter behind Cedar Island or if the weather is calm using the wall of the old customs dock which lies south of the Wolfe Island Fery docks. There are no services, and the entire structure - area is in dis-repair, however ther are a few spots for a couple of lucky boats which have adequate fenders and a carefull watch on approach.
You may be well advised to wait for the bascule bridge and make your way into the inner harbour. The bascule bridge on the La Salle Causway opens on the hour from 06:00 to 22:00 hrs. Except at 08:00, 12:00, 16:00 and 17:00 for busy traffic hours. Try to avoid late afternoons as it can be a long wait as rush hoour approaches. Once inside you have access to Kingston Marine on the west shore or Rideau Marina on the east shore. Or you may find a section of wall for the night in Anglin Bay found south of Kingston Marine and officialy townhouse bulkheading.