I wish I’d read your post before I went! We launched and recovered at Port Moody yesterday (Sunday, Oct. 1). It wasn’t very busy, so that was great. But getting the boat back on the trailer was a bit of a struggle. There was a crosswind and I was reluctant to leave the keel down because I wasn’t sure what the depth was like. It was near high tide when we recovered, though, so it probably would have been fine. I’ll keep your tips in mind for next time.
Thanks for the tip about Cates Park. I remember seeing it when I did a web search for boat launches back before we bought the boat, but in the meantime I’d forgotten about it. We’re planning an overnight trip up Indian Arm some time in the next few weeks, so I’ll keep it in mind for that.