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Old 08-01-2016, 02:18 PM   #281
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Thanks for the heads up. Uncharacteristically, I haven't planned ahead at all. I hadn't even looked at the currents for Dodd yet. But sounds like it will work great for us. We should be able to coach the tail end of the ebb at a decent time in the morning. Then I just need to see where my wife wants to go once we are through.
We will be heading north though Dodd tomorrow. Will keep an eye out for you. We are on an Elite 32' (sail).
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Old 08-01-2016, 02:27 PM   #282
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We will be heading north though Dodd tomorrow. Will keep an eye out for you. We are on an Elite 32' (sail).

Yes do! If you see an off-white NP 43 with a red kayak on the port side and a yellow kayak on Stb, give us a hail.
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Old 08-01-2016, 02:28 PM   #283
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I was thinking of sneaking between Ada Islands and Southey Is. It looks like a reasonably clear shot.
Personally, I see nothing wrong with either side of Ada but I will leave you on your own with that decision. You know you and your boat better than anyone.

Only thing I will add is; with a 13' tide range, you will be in a pretty decent flood through there by the time you arrive.

Completely your call cap'n.

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Old 08-01-2016, 02:54 PM   #284
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Dave-when you get to Nanaimo, make sure to stop and say Hi to Sunchaser if they are still there. Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of a cup of coffee with them as they were passing through Seattle. Very nice folks who will be happy to greet you.
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I will keep an eye out for them. De fever 48 iirc. We aren't sure where we will find moorage for tonight. Thought we would either try the Nanaimo Port Authority or the reciprocal docks at Nanaimo YC.
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Dave-when you get to Nanaimo, make sure to stop and say Hi to Sunchaser if they are still there. Very nice folks who will be happy to greet you.
Completely agree but it looks like they are on the other side now at Pender Harbour.

Dave, you might find a mooring or hook it in the harbour between Newcastle and Protection Islands. Good exploring ashore from there even though it's not for me in August.

Hey, maybe ASDs naked night swimmer might entertain.
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Completely agree but it looks like they are on the other side now at Pender Harbour.

Dave, you might find a mooring or hook it in the harbour between Newcastle and Protection Islands. Good exploring ashore from there even though it's not for me in August.

Hey, maybe ASDs naked night swimmer might entertain.

Do they have AIS? I did a search but didn't find them. Maybe my search skills just fail...

I think my wife would like to explore the waterfront of Nanaimo, so I would like to fine a dock for the night. Hopefully all the locals are heading back home after the 3-day weekend.
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Do they have AIS? I did a search but didn't find them. Maybe my search skills just fail...

I think my wife would like to explore the waterfront of Nanaimo, so I would like to fine a dock for the night. Hopefully all the locals are heading back home after the 3-day weekend.
Sunchaser has AIS and I'm only guessing that's him in Pender Harbour. Logical enough move from where he was in Nanaimo.

You should be good to find dockage somewhere.
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Off your port bow, Ballenas Island. Another light and weather as is Merry Island which you mentioned last week.

Ballenas...
During July of 1791, Spanish explorer Josť MarŪa NarvŠez, at the age of just twenty-three, led the first European exploration of the Strait of Georgia as commander of the schooner Santa Saturnina. While offshore from present-day Parksville, NarvŠez encountered a pod of whales near a pair of islands, which he immediately named Islas de las Ballenas (Whale Islands). The sighting of the whales convinced NarvŠez that the Strait of Georgia must have a second connection to the ocean besides the Strait of San Juan de Fuca.
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Yup, Sunchaser is in Pender Harbour. No way to avoid HW's sharp eye. Headed further north Tuesday AM, likely Powell River.. No agenda other than avoiding crowds in Desolating Sound. And a wonderful dinner at Dent Island Lodge later in week.
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Yup, Sunchaser is in Pender Harbour. No way to avoid HW's sharp eye. Headed further north Tuesday AM, likely Powell River.. No agenda other than avoiding crowds in Desolating Sound. And a wonderful dinner at Dent Island Lodge later in week.

We had a couple great meals in Powell River. The Coastal Cookery last week then the Tree Frog bistro this week. Both are within walking distance of the marina.
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I am sitting in the cockpit (covered cockpit) watching a thunderstorm here in Nanaimo. The Nanaimo Port Authority was full up so we called the NYC and the nice caretaker found a spot for us. I really appreciate the YCs like NYC that go out of their way to help reciprocal club members. It is about a mile from where my wife wanted to explore a bit so we got a nice walk in last night.

As we were on the docks heading to our boat "alesnloggers" stopped us and asked if I was "Dhays". I must have been wearing my "old guy-former sailor-American tourist" sign I guess. It was very nice to meet Dave. As has been the case, a super nice and friendly guy. Of course Dave has the advantage of both being a Canadian and a sailor. Hard to beat that combo for niceness. I had to cut our chat short because after two Long Island Ice teas with dinner, my wife really needed to use the head. Dave and his girlfriend are going to spend a few days of R and R on their sailboat.

Now it is time to leave the dock and head for Dodd Narrows and then figure out where to go from there. I get silly excited when I can sit in the PH and use the windshield wipers. It is still a novelty.
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Now it is time to leave the dock and head for Dodd Narrows and then figure out where to go from there. I get silly excited when I can sit in the PH and use the windshield wipers. It is still a novelty.
It's at that point that powerboating seems very nice. That's one of the many things you made the move for.
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It was nice meeting the two of you also.
Definitely a good day to be driving from inside. I'll be donning my foul weather gear soon and heading north.
Safe travels.
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It was nice meeting the two of you also.
Definitely a good day to be driving from inside. I'll be donning my foul weather gear soon and heading north.
Safe travels.

You as well. I hope the weather clears up for you.

We wine through Dodd and decided to stop in North Cove on Thetis. We can watch the boats go by and should have good protection from the South wind that is in the forecast. We are also the only boat here and it is nice to have some seclusion for a change.

BTW, my Mom mentioned that the last time she and my Dad went through Dodd Narrows they went through North bound under sail flying a spinnaker. He was a bit crazy.
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I have been anchored in North Cove for about 6 hours, enjoying the periodic rain and the sounds coming from shore from the youth camp. I enjoy listening to children playing.

We set our anchor in just under 15 feet of water at low tide. I set it well and put out 100' of chain since we would have about 25' of water when the tide was high. I also dropped an anchor buoy. Well after all afternoon. That buoy is sitting 2 feet from my bow. I think I could have dropped a pot on a string and I wouldn't have moved anymore.

Large anchorage, yet a 32' dropped their anchor about 75' from me. If we get a wind tonight it could get messy.
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Large anchorage, yet a 32' dropped their anchor about 75' from me. If we get a wind tonight it could get messy.

Only if they put out the typical 7 to 1 scope... and it only gets interesting around 1AM
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Will you be stopping in at Wallace Is?

Princess is one of my favorite spots. In 1988, I was there for the dedication of the new Marine Park On July 1 that year I took a picture that I had on my office wall till it faded to light blue. I went back another July 1 and replaced it. when that one faded, it too was replaced. By then we had our house across on Saltspring, so didn't need to take our boat there, but love the spot, so of course we still go there regularly. I still keep a current July 1 sunset from that most photogenic spot in the gulf Islands.

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Old 08-03-2016, 03:00 AM   #299
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Will you be stopping in at Wallace Is?

Princess is one of my favorite spots. In 1988, I was there for the dedication of the new Marine Park On July 1 that year I took a picture that I had on my office wall till it faded to light blue. I went back another July 1 and replaced it. when that one faded, it too was replaced. By then we had our house across on Saltspring, so didn't need to take our boat there, but love the spot, so of course we still go there regularly. I still keep a current July 1 sunset from that most photogenic spot in the gulf Islands.

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I don't think so. My wife informed me that she wants to go to Ganges. I am not sure why. So it looks like we will go to Ganges tomorrow, then clear US customs at either Roche or Friday Harbor on Thursday, spending the night somewhere. Then cross the straits on Friday am and get to Gig Harbor Saturday.
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Dave:

I see you are on the move again. If you leave Norway Is and Jackscrew Is to port, I will see you pass my house in about an hour.

There is a Nav mark on the shore about 150 m NW of my house. Also a Catalina 22 on a mooring bouy 200' NW of my mooring bouy out front.

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