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Old 07-05-2019, 01:41 AM   #1
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Delivery leg Port Hardy to Kitimat

On June 17 I left home with a friend to drive to Port Hardy and pick up another friend's 37' sailboat for a delivery trip to Kitimat. The boat will make it to Haida Gwaii for a vacation cruise with its owner and some guests, but getting there and home again is for delivery crews.

We arrived in PH at 12:30, changed with the earlier crew there, car for boat and set out to round Cape Caution during an uncharacteristic calm afternoon. Sails went up at Pine Island and we were able to maintain 7 knots till around the Cape. Late evening light allowed us to get to a good anchorage for the night.
Sunshine the next day and we sailed/motored to Fish Egg inlet. Went all the way in and anchored in Oyster Bay. Explored the nearby bays by dinghy, returning to the boat just as the rain set in.
Next day a quick trip across to Hakai Institute in Pruth Bay and a walk to the best beaches on the coast. Then a great sail out into the open ocean, to get around to the west side of Hunter Island, where we found a one boat sized anchorage for the night.
Then to Shearwater for some fuel, Pub lunch and a shower, then on to Rescue Bay via Reid Passage, for the night. Sunshine and fair winds most of the way.
After Rescue Bay we went into the Fiords, Kynoch inlet and Culpepper Lagoon. Here the most photographed waterfall in Kynoch usually has a cloud ceiling well below the mountaintops, but we were treated to sunshine the whole way in. In the morning, at the end of Culpepper, a pair of Grizzlies were clam digging when I went to explore the estuary in the kayak.
Drizzle and light wind with us that day, to Butedale to see that it is indeed being demolished by a resident backhoe, then on to Bishop Bay and a visit to the hot springs. We got one of only two mooring bouys there, so didn't need to seek a shallower spot to anchor.
The final day was again damp, until we came around the last corner, 8 miles from Kitimat. The MK Bay Marina is in a serious rebuilding phase and had told us both that we couldn't stay and that we could. When we got there, they were very nice about finding a way to allow us to stay, and even got us to the Terrace airport in the morning.
Sorry about the lack of pictures. I have lots, but they are still on my phone and I haven't had decent wifi enough to transfer them over. When I get that done I will add some. Immediately after getting home we left for our vacation on Retreat and have now arrived at Cortes Bay, where I am writing this.
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Old 07-05-2019, 06:31 AM   #2
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Sounds like it was a wonderful trip! As I'm sure you are aware, "It didn't happen until you post the pictures".

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Sailing? A rare sight around Cape Caution. Good for you guys!
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While it was a quick trip, sounds like you ventured off the Inside Passage's beaten path to make it more interesting. Good recon for a more leisurely trip with the trawler
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For those of us not familiar with the area, is there a way to post a map?
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Bring up Google maps and search Kitimat, then Port Hardy.

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For those of us not familiar with the area, is there a way to post a map?
If you use Navionics, you can zoom in on the area and find most of the places.
One I missed mentioning is Khutz Inlet. Pretty, even in the rain.
The unnamed cove on the west side of Hunter Island where we stayed one night cried out to be named, so now can be found on Navionics as "Naomi cove" for my Daughter in Law.
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Pictures:
1 Pre departure rig tuning by the departing crew.
2 Pine Island, the last that had to be passed before Cape Caution.
3 Entering Fish Egg Inlet for our second stop.
4 Entering Pruth Bay, Hakai Institute (wifi available).
5 6 Beaches at Hakai.
7 Open Water sailing to Millbank Sound.
8 Naomi Cove.
9 Shearwater
10 Reid Passage, near Oliver cove. (names, names.. My sons' middle name and our surname)
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11 Rescue Bay
12 Approaching Kynoch Inlet
13 Kynoch Falls (note the lack of cloud ceiling at 100')
14 Fiordland , DeBrisay Bay mountain.
15 Waiting for slack water at Culpepper rapids.
16 Exploring the river in Culpepper.
17 Grizzly bears digging clams.
18 Khutz Bay
19 Butedale
20 Humpback Whales in Fraser Reach
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I guess being on a sail boat, you're use to the steep leaning in the landscape or horizon.
Otherwise interesting photos, very good write up.
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I guess being on a sail boat, you're use to the steep leaning in the landscape or horizon.
Otherwise interesting photos, very good write up.
That is why we now have a power boat. Janet didn't like heeling over.
Sorry about that, but as others have noted, getting photos off a phone has its challenges. Here I thought the 90 angle of heel only applied to Iphones, so I would be OK. NOT!
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The Grizzly looks like it was eyeballing the time it would take to run across the clam bed vs your ability to back-paddle
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The Grizzly looks like it was eyeballing the time it would take to run across the clam bed vs your ability to back-paddle
That Grizzly was also knee deep in the clam bed when I first approached. When he rose out of the bed to peer at me, I did the quick back and turn, then looked carefully at the water depth to be sure he would be swimming rather than running when (if) he came close.
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That is why we now have a power boat. Janet didn't like heeling over.
Sorry about that, but as others have noted, getting photos off a phone has its challenges. Here I thought the 90 angle of heel only applied to Iphones, so I would be OK. NOT!
Landscaped photos will load correctly on the forum. Portrait will not.
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Too bad I didn't take any of those.
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You are in some of the finest cruising grounds in the world!! Did that several years ago in a friends deferrer 52, best cruise ever!!. Your pics made me a little homesick, want to do this again. Thanks!!
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