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Old 04-25-2013, 01:13 PM   #121
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Beautiful boat and cruising grounds! Welcome to the forum.
& would like to welcome you also!
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:14 PM   #122
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Welcome DODO. I look forward to hearing more from you.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:38 PM   #123
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Nice to see brothers from Europe joining in. Welcome, Dodo! Beautiful boat!
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:45 PM   #124
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Here are a few brief, poor quality, but fun videos we made during some radar checks.

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Old 04-25-2013, 03:59 PM   #125
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We berth in Campbell River, on the doorstep to beautiful Desolation Sound and beyond. Discovery Harbour Marina is adjacent to a large mall, which is excellent for provisioning your vessel whether resident or transient. Also has a full featured boatyard for those oops moments.

These photos show Pendrell Sound (calm & gorgeous) and Mitlenatch Island (dry grass).

Will post again with more images.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:28 PM   #126
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We hail from Port Moody, BC. Our boat is moored at Reed Point Marina. Port Moody is basically part of the metro Vancouver area.
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Neat photos, thanks for putting them up.

To me, since moving here (Seattle area) in 1979, Vancouver has been and continues to be my favorite city in North America. Great setting, neat things to do, very classy place. I am well aware of the changes that have been occurring in the last bunch of years, some of which are not popular with long-time residents. But for the visitor, nothing has changed. It continues to be, in my opinion anyway, one of the great cities of the world.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:51 PM   #127
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My homeport is Port Everglades the largest, busiest port in Florida. There's more mega yachts here then bow riders and center console boats lol.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:04 PM   #128
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Fort McAllister Marina. Where Sherman ended his "March to the Sea" in the civil war. Cannon balls still lay on the river bottom.
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:39 PM   #129
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Fort McAllister Marina. Where Sherman ended his "March to the Sea" in the civil war. Cannon balls still lay on the river bottom.
The Tennessee boys at Fort McCallister gave a good accounting of themselves. They were over run by Sherman's men, but still took only about half as many casualties as the Yanks.
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:42 AM   #130
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Good thread. Its nice to cruise the world without leaving home.

My home port is Glenelg, (suburb of Adelaide) South Australia.
Its a small marina in the mouth of the Patawalonga river. We have easy access the St Vincent Gulf via a lock.

The good:
- 15 minutes from home
- low cost berths
- great position with beautiful sandy beach, nice restaurants & pubs within 5 minute walk
- marina residents are issued remote control for 24/7 operation of lock
- excellent fishing in the area
- uncrowded cruising; Sometimes I go all day without seeing another boat
- Year round boating; although the water is sometimes a little rougher in winter

The challenging:
- Minimal access to protected water; the gulf is considered semi-protected (some may argue that usual 3-15ft swell is not semi-protected)
- No commercial sea tow services; although excellent volunteer rescue team
- Venturing outside the gulf requires a good boat and careful planning
- A trip to other large cities is an major expedition (nearest are Melbourne 800 miles east, or Perth 2000 miles west) No ICW here.
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:43 AM   #131
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GREAT pictures. Makes me miss Alaska.

We were in Van a few days ago. Ate at a Korean restaurant on Denman Pl. Then went across the street to the desert place. Vancouver is such a worldly and wonderful place. I taught school there at John Oliver in the early 70s.

Ran my OB cruiser up Indian Arm then and anchored in beautiful weather. Heard lot and lots of "circling the wagons" Indian noises and many years later found out they were shooting a movie up there.

Moorage rates still very high?

We pay $7100/yr for an outside side tie berth. This includes 2000kw of electricity. Reed Point has it's pros and cons. It is one of the less expensive marinas in Vancouver proper. There are cheaper ones, but they are mostly up the Fraser River.
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Old 04-26-2013, 04:17 AM   #132
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Thank you all for the warm welcome!

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Old 06-26-2013, 09:37 AM   #133
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Here is my new home port with the rainbow bridge over the channel.
LaConner Washington State.
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:34 PM   #134
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San Francisco to Tacoma

We just moved our boat and home port from San Francisco to Tacoma, Washington last week. It took us 5.5 days to cover the 850 miles up the coast and it is SO nice to be able to drive to the boat and get some work done rather than dealing with airports, security and flying.

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Old 06-26-2013, 01:47 PM   #135
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Island Seeker: Labelle, FL= access to both coasts of FL and islands beyond. Reasonable storage, salt of the earth people "Crackers".

Petrel: So.coast Cape Cod, MA = easy access to Nantucket & Vineyard Sounds, Buzzards Bay, Marthas Vineyard, Nantucket, Elizabeth Islands. Warm water great fishing & cruising.
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:05 PM   #136
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Carpe Diem's homeport is EPS at Espoo, Finland.

The port has quite a lot facilities for sail school and junior training. The club is heavily biased on sailing (majority of the 440 boats are sailboats), but they tolerate us non sailors as well.

We have a club house, maintenance facilities and saunas. The fire department keeps their boats also at our dock so they are close...

The best part is that it takes two minutes for me to get there...

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Old 06-26-2013, 02:09 PM   #137
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Carpe Diem's homeport is EPS at Espoo, Finland.

The port has quite a lot facilities for sail school and junior training. The club is heavily biased on sailing (majority of the 440 boats are sailboats), but they tolerate us non sailors as well.

We have a club house, maintenance facilities and saunas. The fire department keeps their boats also at our dock so they are close...

The best part is that it takes two minutes for me to get there...

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Surrounds look nice!

Get much weather there during boat season? Most boats go on the hard off season?
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Old 06-26-2013, 04:30 PM   #138
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All boats go on the hard as the docks gets totally frozen. During winter we usually do day trips to nearby island, by foot. The "weather" here is different to that over there since we have shallow waters and the archipelago that shelters us, so its short waves and a shoppy ride.. There are few places where it can get really bad (no sheltering islands) but its usually not that bad.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:51 PM   #139
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Great thread.

Home port is Anchor Pointe, a boataminium located just east of Toledo, Ohio on the western shore of Lake Erie. Not too many trawlers on Lake Erie - There are two in the entire marina out of 400 slips.

It's a great place to boat, the islands of Put In Bay, Middle Bass, and Kelley's are about 4 hours away at trawler speed, and there is plenty to look at. Lots of wildlife, great fishing, and it has a very small town atmosphere about it.

Have a 45' slip that cost a fraction of what it would cost elsewhere.

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Old 06-28-2013, 10:16 PM   #140
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Well, my home port WAS Lakes Entrance in Victoria Australia....look it up, its beautiful. Now however our boat is at Rockport TX and will most likely remain there for the foreseeable future...
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