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Old 08-09-2011, 01:48 PM   #21
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We are currently at Shearwater on the Central BC coast. The trip down was good and the water mostly flat. We have had some fog and rain. Had some good visits with other boaters in Hartley Bay and Bottleneck Inlet. Even got some free crabs brought to our boat by sailboaters. Yesterday was clear and sunny with NW winds. Today is cloudy and cool. Next is crossing the Queen Charlotte Sound. Forecast is for mild conditions.
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:42 PM   #22
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RE: Jacari Maru--North to Alaska

Larry,

Glad to hear your'e having such a good run. Bottleneck is beautiful. And a perfect anchorage when not crowded but I've never seen it so. May be a blow hole at times though. We like Hartly Bay and Shearwater too. That whole latitude is great. Thanks for the update.
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Old 08-14-2011, 04:45 PM   #23
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Now in Port McNeill. The run from Shearwater to Blunden Harbour was done in 2 days runs of 50 miles each. Spent two nights and a rainy day in Blunden. Today we came to Port McNeill to visit friends and stock up on groceries. Next we will go out to the Broughton island area for a couple of weeks.
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I thought you'd do some more sight seeing Larry. I love Port McNeill. The hardware store's owner is a bit kinky but a peach of a guy. Great place to "hang". Rained hard this afternoon but worked most of the day on the green house.
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Eric,

My rule; When the seas are flat, go like hell!! I have experienced some lumpy crossings of the Queen Charlotte Sound, so when the forecast came up mild, we went. Now that I am across that possibly bad piece of water, we can relax and putt about. Lots of other boats had the same idea, when we arrived at Fury Island anchorage at 4 PM, there were three boats already there. By nightfall there were 11 (!) boats anchored. I thought I was back in Desolation Sound in August! The boats were way too close for comfort, but the bottom is sticky mud, and the winds calm. About 5 of those boats were in Blunden the next night.

It has been many years since we were in Pt McNeill. The town has grown from a logging and fish camp to a decent size place. The Port McNeill Fuel Dock, now has a marina which is 80% full, as is the town dock. The Fuel Dock marina accepts reservations, and meets you at the dock to help tie up, nice place.

Diesel is $1.29CDN/litre, tax included. Wi-Fi is free with moorage. Moorage is $1.00CDN/ft/nite. It was a quiet night, and the first float plane just took off. No cruise ships either.
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