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Old 09-03-2012, 02:17 PM   #61
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Looking east in the morning underway once again. On a good computer you should be able to see the sailboat still in his original position on the right. Perhaps we should have taken his lead and stayed a few days hiking and exploring w the dink. Probably lots of Bears up that river though however it may have been early enough so the fish weren't running?? This is one look back that I took w me.
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Old 09-03-2012, 02:36 PM   #62
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After Kynoch Inlet we had a long run down Mathieson Channel. I took this picture at the bottom of Mathieson Ch just north of Reid Passage and Oliver Cove.
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Old 09-03-2012, 03:04 PM   #63
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Wonderful photo's! I never get tired of seeing them.
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Old 09-03-2012, 03:52 PM   #64
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Pic #1: I've seen lots of home made anchors up north but never a Claw untill now. This guy made a Claw by welding steel plate. A common way to make an anchor but I don't think this was well executed as there is no twist in the side flukes. I think the Claws are significantly dependent on the twisted outer flukes for their holding power and it may contribute greatly to their ability to set as well. Anyway this was unusual.

Pic #2: We passed a very nice trawler and a barge. I really liked the trawler and wonder if it's layout provided a full headroom engine room. Lots of room in any case. The barge reminds me of how all the stuff in our house (that I'm currently packing up) will come down the coast to our new house in Washington State.

Pic #3: Sloppy going down Fisher Channel. Don't be fooled by my many pics of sunny times as there is usually lots of sloppy stuff. At times it's all sloppy and on very rare occasions it's sunny and very warm almost all the time. On our trip in 03 it was in the 80s frequently and only rained slightly once or twice ... at least until we got down to Kelsey Bay on the way so. Many people are very disappointed when it rains but most of the rain in the summer is just a pleasant drizzle.

Pic #4: Here is a typical trawler plowing along that I think looks good w the FB. He passed in front of us (well ahead) and went on in to Namu. Much of the time on the coast folks spend their time reading books, drinking tea/coffee, napping, studying charts and cruise guides and other ho-hum activities. When the weather pins you down skills at these activities are a plus and frequently an aid to safety. Knowing how to pass the time in bad weather w a smile can keep you safe. I'm not very good at it. I always want to poke my nose out and have a look. One can guess where that leads.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:56 PM   #65
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Marin,
Never heard of a midden.
Eric- A midden is the white beach composed of broken clam and oyster shells that mark the site of a coast native village or fishing camp. Some sites were used for generations and the midden can be 15 or 20 feet deep.

Whenever you see a small, almost pure white beach along the PNW, BC, or SE AK shorelines it is almost always a midden. They are often backed by a grove of deciduous trees because the spruce, hemlock, fir, or cedar trees were cut down by the natives for firewood, canoes or structures.
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:34 PM   #66
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Marin you mean like this?

We call this Picnic Island as it has no name. We went down Karheen Passage north of Craig on the west side of POW Is. Near Garden Is is Picnic Is. It's basically in east Sea Otter Sound.
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:10 AM   #67
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Pic #1: Entering Frypan Bay on the north end of Penrose Is. This was the moment of peace before entering the big QC Sound.

Pic #2: Frypan bay looks about like this all the way around. We were alone and anchored right in the middle.
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:18 AM   #68
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Pic #1: Frypan Bay

Pic #2: Passing the small islands and islets just so of Penrose Is before entering Queen Charlotte Sound. A popular anchorage behind Fury Is is very close to here.
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Marin you mean like this?

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That probably is, Eric. They can range from something like your photo to pure white beaches. These shots are off the web but I'm sure you've seen this sort of thing in your travels. We've seen lots of them from the plane between here and SE Alaska.



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Okay, here's one for the administrators. The last photo I attached to my post is being attached to the bottom of every post in this thread, at least on my iPad. Have any idea why? I didn't do anything.

PS- Never mind. Reboot fixed it. Nothing to do with the forum.
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:29 PM   #72
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Marin thanks for posting such nice pics on my thread. Just see that you don't post anything better than mine .. Ops did that already happen?

Yes I see them from time to time and I recall one at Montague Harbour just north of the floats.

This picture is entering Queen Charlotte Sound from the Islets just so of Penrose Is. The ocean motion is very present.
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Eric- You are correct. There is a large midden on the little peninsula that forms the northwest corner of Montegue.
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Here's the power of the ocean working on the rocky coast. I took this shot while passing between two small islets en-route to Queen Charlotte Sound.
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Willy goes to sea.
Frequently Queen Charlotte Sound is like this.
A big lumpy swell.
Big today.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:14 AM   #77
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While rounding Cape Caution our engine slowed down and eventually reached an idle but wouldn't do more. I'd like to say I was cool calm and collected but I wasn't. Forget the images of me screaming and weeping but I was definitely stressed. Why meeeee ... why here!! After much looking and even feeling around I opened the valves for both supply and return and after a few minutes the engine gradually reved back up to cruising speed.
I put out a pan pan call. There were several boats going north and another going south. I announced our resumption of headway and we continued on worried it wasn't going to last ... but it did.
We passed Slingsby Channel, Miles Inlet, numerous islands, islets and rocks and entered Allison Harbour. I felt safe there as we had weathered a 50 knot gale there a few years back. Great anchorage and no other boats.
I changed all filters and did everything I could to insure good running. Even did quite a few near full throttle runs up and down the channel.

The pics are of small islands in the entrance fairway to Allison Harbour and where we anchored. Fog burn't off quickly.
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The weather seemed good and the engine seemed good to we set forth southbound from the north end of Queen Charlotte Strait. It's a long days run to the south end in a 6 knot boat but we were headed for the Broughton Islands anticipating more peace and tranquility. We ran half way down Queen Charlotte Strait and entered Well's Passage ... entering the Broughton Group.
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Pic #1: Running down the east side of Queen Charlotte Strait.

Pic #2: Heading for our anchorage. The old Dreadnought anchor provided the fastest and most solid anchor setting I have ever experienced. It's 34 lbs.
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