Category Archive for: ‘2018 North Coast BC’

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Queens Sound

10 July 2018 | MB We headed south about 12 miles to Campbell Inlet, a skinny thing about 3 miles long with two narrow spots, one of which has substantial current and uncharted rocks so it is best run at slack water on a high tide. Luckily that happened to be at noon today — perfect timing for a lazy …

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Fiorldland back to Shearwater

5 July 2018 | MB Last night we had a rude awakening. At 2am a squall moved through with strong wind gusts, thunder and lightening. A fitting end to an excessively hot day. Today was Kynoch Inlet, another inlet with wild and magnificent scenery and part of the Fiordland Recreation Area. More snow-covered peaks and granite walls rising straight out …

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Burke Channel to Rescue Bay

27 June 2018 | MB We managed to break away from the magnetism of the dock and headed out to new places. But it was a leisurely start. We explored one potential anchorage but went on to another, Fougner Bay, a compact bay with a narrow, rocky entrance leading to a perfectly protected little nook with room for one two …

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Fish Egg Inlet to Shearwater

21 June 2018 | MB Our first problem today was a reoccurrence of Karen’s vertigo affliction. The antihistamines seem to help. We are keeping a close watch on it. The rest of the day was spent winding our way between many rocks and islands, first in an area near Pruth Bay called Choked Passage on the edge of the Pacific, …

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Rivers Inlet to Hakai

16 June 2018 | MB Today was a perfect summer day — blue sky, sun, high about 72. We went all of 8 miles to Dawsons Landing for an overnight stop at a marina. Now, Dawsons doesn’t really resemble anything known as a marina further south. It’s a collection of float houses in various states of disrepair lined up along …

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Cape Caution to Smith Sound

10 June 2018 | MB We rounded Cape Caution today and it was awesome. That’s the major stretch out in the open ocean for this trip. It was partly sunny, which means cloudy with blue patches, and the wind was light, meaning a rippled surface. Underlying that was a 5 foot swell from the Northwest so the boat kept going …

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Northern Broughtons to Nakwakto Rapids

31 May 2018 | MB With a storm forecast for south winds up to 40 knots, we decided to take shelter in Waddington Bay because it is well protected from all weather. We took out the kayak to explore some of the surrounding islands. The winds have been building all afternoon so we’ve taken refuge on the boat, which is …

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Blackfish Archipelago

27 May 2018 | MB We finished our dreaded Johnstone Strait journey with current in our direction and about 10 knots of wind behind us. About as good as it gets for this body of water. We’re in the Broughtons now, anchored in Pott’s Lagoon which, in addition to being a nice anchorage, has a reputation for fine crabbing. So …

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Campbell River to Johnstone Stait

May 24 2018 | MB Campbell River was calling, so we came here today. Actually it wasn’t so much the place as the great grocery store, marine store and hardware store close to the marina that were the sirens for us. The marine store for some replacement spares, the hardware store for a tool to fix my windlass part and …

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Seattle to Canada

15 May 2018 | MB The two months since I retired have been a whirlwind of activity, getting the boat ready to go and provisioned for a three-month voyage. Amazingly, we planned for a May 15 departure and are actually leaving right on time. We pulled away from the dock minutes before eight o’clock and immediately began the transition to …

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