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Old 05-13-2016, 10:38 PM   #81
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Very cool. Thanks for yhe info. I'll try and get a pic.
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Old 05-14-2016, 11:36 AM   #82
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Old 05-17-2016, 12:10 AM   #83
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Chapter 6 Fossil Bay to Roche Harbor

It was time to move on. The dock was nice, but as our friend Kathy Evans told us you won't want to stay in one spot too long. We have been in the San Juan islands for 2 weeks. We pulled the lines at 10:30 and headed out the narrow passage that is Fossil Bay. The weather was over cast with fog in the distance. Pilot whales were swimming all around us, but we wanted to see Orcas. As we approached Roche Harbor we saw all these boats gathered in one spot. We thought it was a "hog line" (boats close together fishing). Nope these boats were chasing whales. Must had been at least 20 + boats. Poor whales.

As we came around Pearl Island Roche Harbor Marina was in sight. Folks there are millions upon millions of dollars worth of yachts here. The rich and famous. We called the marina and was told to proceed to the guest docks. I figured out where they were and then I looked up. Had a float plane landing on my right, had a 110 foot yacht coming out of the docks in front of me and another 100ft + yacht backing out of a slip to my left. Talk about traffic! I pulled the engines into neutral and drifted to allow the traffic to go by and give Kay time to place here fenders and lines.

We made our way to slip #5 and there was a Roche marina employee waiting on us to handle the lines, help us with electrical hook up and trash. Wow. But this is a resort so it was $1.90 a foot. We are 48 feet long so, about $91 for one night. We needed the rest tied up and to have electric on board. This is a nice town, but spendy, so tomorrow we will be heading to Steward Island and Reid Harbor Marine Park. Then after a few days there Canada!!!

The pics are of Fossil Bay
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Old 05-17-2016, 01:08 AM   #84
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Had a float plane landing on my right, had a 110 foot yacht coming out of the docks in front of me and another 100ft + yacht backing out of a slip to my left. Talk about traffic!
Gee, that sounds just like Roche Harbor and it's not summer yet. If you haven't learned yet, there is some interesting and comical British vs American history right there. Take a walk or dinghy ride around. Cool place but not one to stay long.

When you get to Stuart, I doubt it will be full but if it is, just go across to the bay on Satellite Island. It's a decent anchorage and short dinghy hop to the public dock and trails on Stuart. Just watch for the drying rock right in the middle of the entrance.

Turn Point on Stuart Island is probably one of the most likely spots in the area to see Orcas.

Don't forget, this coming weekend is a long one in BC and lots of folks will be making it a 4 dayer, Friday to Monday.
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Old 05-17-2016, 01:39 PM   #85
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Thanks Hawg! So do you think Sidney harbor will be a mess or everyone will be going to the islands?
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Thanks Hawg! So do you think Sidney harbor will be a mess or everyone will be going to the islands?
I just spoke to Port Sidney Marina and they said you "should" be fine but still suggest you contact them if you know your plans;
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If you're going to Stuart Island, I would strongly consider Prevost Harbor over Reid Harbor (I actually love Reid Harbor also) for a couple of reasons -

It looks like things will be on the cool side temperature wise, and Prevost will offer more sun (if there's any to be had).

You have access to the park from both harbors, but the ramp to the shore is much easier to deal with from the Prevost side (from your previous post this may be important to you). Reid's ramp is pretty steep.

If you have kayaks, I like Prevost better.
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Moonrise over Prevost Harbor...

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If you are able to do handle the walk, the Turn Point Lighthouse is well worth the journey. Might be the most stunning view in the islands!

The shortest walk is from the county dock in Prevost Harbor (dingy only). It's straight in front of you when you enter the Harbor. Don't worry...you'll still get plenty of exercise!
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Enjoyed Sunday in the inside passage.

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Old 05-17-2016, 09:08 PM   #91
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Thanks all. nice pic Mark
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Old 05-17-2016, 09:41 PM   #92
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I hope you guys bought that crab from some store because crab season is not open in the islands right now. ( It also looks like it might be a female, that's a no- no too!)
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Thanks all. nice pic Mark
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Very nice trip! Keep the pics coming!
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I'm new here but I've been following your thread and so enjoying all of your pictures. What a fun trip!
Making wonderful memories!
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Well we are at Reid Harbor on Steward Island. Hiked to Turn Point Light. Made reservations with Sidney for Saturday. Will post more later as there is no signal here.
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Old 05-23-2016, 09:13 PM   #97
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Chapter 8 Stuart Island to Sidney BC

Well TF, we made it to Canada!!! I want to send a special "Thank You" to Tom and Jan of Sunchaser V! They came over to Port of Sidney Marine and gave us a ride to the local marine store. Thanks for all your help.

I have made 5 blog updates. To much to post here, so you will have to go to the blog. May want to read about my stupidity on dock electrical posts. See below for link.

We will be heading to Nanaimo tomorrow at noon to hit Dodd Narrows at slack.
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Hi Tom,
We moved over to Campbell River, needed bait and a couple new Hoochies. Plus the Admiral wanted to do the Maritime museum. Thank god there's not a winery close by, she would want to stay another day.
We plan to pull out on Wednesday am before low tide. Not sure if I'll get to drag a herring around but if you are up this way, I'll have the AIS on so you can see me.
Have fun and enjoy.
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Tom, just a quick question for you after reading (again!) through your blog. Those side tie setups with the two parallel lines (I forget what they're called)--do they have a maximum boat length?


The mooring buoys have a max of 40' or 45' so we can't use them. I was wondering about those long lines you secured to.


Also, did you set out fenders between you and the lines or just rely on what looks like white plastic fenders?


Enjoying your blog a LOT but I'm jealous as all get out!
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Lots of Klondike Bars.
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You say you saw lots of pilot whales. Sure they weren't Pacific porpoise? Pilot whales not too common around here I don't think, but porpoise are very common.
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