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Old 08-27-2015, 11:13 AM   #1
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Higgins Passage, Northern BC?

Anyone here navigated Higgins Passage, between Price and Swindle Islands? It must be navigated at HW. Murray?

We are considering exploring the west side of Aristazabal Is. and Higgins passage would shorten the transit time.

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Old 08-27-2015, 11:42 AM   #2
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No. Never been there or done it.

I see on the web that Kevin Monahan had made a sketch of it. On the Fine Edge website he recommended to one person not to do it if his vessel draws more than a few feet.

Do you have a copy of Kevin Monahan's sketch? I ran into him in Victoria once and gave me all sorts of trip planning once.

He's been everywhere both in the coast guard and on his Nordic Tug. I'd consider him an authority.

I see he has an email address on his website.

monahan at shipwrite.bc.ca

Might try that.
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Old 08-27-2015, 11:43 AM   #3
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Jim,
I contemplated doing the passage but didn't.
Going in when the next few days have higher tides would be a blessing.
It's probably one of those places that look scary on the charts but aren't so bad.
Local knowledge about hazards including kelp would be helpful.

Perhaps shooting out a PM to R Cook would produce the input you're looking for. He's been just about everywhere up there. Don't think Murray has been that far south.
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Old 08-27-2015, 12:15 PM   #4
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Higgins Passage, Northern BC?

I know of a couple of KK42's that made the trip together in 2013. They navigated it at high water after first checking it with their dinghies. I will follow up with them in more detail but wanted to check if anyone here has been through.


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Old 08-27-2015, 12:42 PM   #5
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No. Never been there or done it.

I see on the web that Kevin Monahan had made a sketch of it. On the Fine Edge website he recommended to one person not to do it if his vessel draws more than a few feet.

Do you have a copy of Kevin Monahan's sketch? I ran into him in Victoria once and gave me all sorts of trip planning once.

He's been everywhere both in the coast guard and on his Nordic Tug. I'd consider him an authority.

I see he has an email address on his website.

monahan at shipwrite.bc.ca

Might try that.

I have emailed Kevin Monahan about his Radar Book and he was quite helpful, so will follow up with him. I have his book on radar operation and collision avoidance and his other book on Local Knowledge. The LK book,is quite useful for understanding the dynamics and successful navigation of some of the tidal passes of Johnstone Strait and Cordero Channel.


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Old 08-27-2015, 01:29 PM   #6
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We used it all the time in a fishboat drawing 7+' of water. Rising tide, go slow, run the sounder......
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Are we talking the passage between Lohbrunner and Swindle, or Lohbrunner and Price?
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Old 08-27-2015, 02:12 PM   #8
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Are we talking the passage between Lohbrunner and Swindle, or Lohbrunner and Price?
Can't get through the second one Paul, I think it's dry most of the time.
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Don't think Murray has been that far south.
In sea kayaks by a different route, but not by boat...yet!
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Thanks TAD. We had a good look at the Tarkanen Shipyards in Sointula. That's stepping back in time alright. We did the "fuel truck dance" while in Sointula.


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Thanks TAD. We had a good look at the Tarkanen Shipyards in Sointula.
Lots of good history there.
Again, settle by folks rowing up the coast.
I have a hard enough time grasping my great grandparents rowing to Powell River; getting on up past Campbell River by oar is just too much to comprehend.

Tough like a Target steak those folks.
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Remember you have 16-17' of water(above zero) at high tide up there. It's not Prince Rupert's 22's, but it's still plenty for most boats......
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...getting on up past Campbell River by oar is just too much to comprehend.
By kayak we timed it to fight the last of an adverse tide going into Seymour Narrows (by milking back eddies along the shore), slack in the middle, and got flushed out the other end. My guess is that's been the way to do it for thousands of years.
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By kayak we timed it to fight the last of an adverse tide going into Seymour Narrows (by milking back eddies along the shore), slack in the middle, and got flushed out the other end. My guess is that's been the way to do it for thousands of years.
Of course, but next time, just for fun, dress completely in wool, then load up your entire family with three goats and go through blind.
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Of course, but next time, just for fun, dress completely in wool, then load up your entire family with three goats and go through blind.
Or in a dugout canoe, with the whole family, in the winter, packed to the gunnels with potlatch gifts, back when glaciers were still hanging off the mountains in Strathcona Park

Not trying to take away any of your families accomplishments, just suggesting it's not too hard to travel BC's coast by human power, if you have the time to wait for favourable weather and tide.
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Jim,
I contemplated doing the passage but didn't.
Going in when the next few days have higher tides would be a blessing.
It's probably one of those places that look scary on the charts but aren't so bad.
Local knowledge about hazards including kelp would be helpful.

Perhaps shooting out a PM to R Cook would produce the input you're looking for. He's been just about everywhere up there. Don't think Murray has been that far south.
Did go through there back in 2005, with a relatively high tide.
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