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Old 10-01-2012, 08:19 PM   #161
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Were you trying to pay with US money or Canadian? Near the border in places like Vancouver, the Gulf Islands, Nanaimo, etc. most places take either one. The exchange rate is almost at par right now. The Canadian dollar is worth a bit more but not enough to bother with so the merchants, marinas, grocery stores, etc. don't care what you pay them in and they give US money it's face value (no exchange rate).

But more inland in places like Quesnel it might be more of a big deal with the local bank branches so stores and restaurants may be a lot more reluctant to take US cash.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:01 PM   #162
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Old 10-17-2012, 02:11 PM   #163
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Seems it's difficult to take a photo in the PNW that isn't scenic/dramatic.

Since I've been underway all summer, I just found this thread, and saw Mark's photo. I was looking at it for quite a while trying to figure out where it was taken when I realized that it was looking at the exact spot I'm sitting at the moment. What threw me off was the angle at which it was taken, but now I realize it was probably taken from a cruise ship. In addition, the blue boat behind the large black one is the Scorpius, the boat I ran for several years, and which wintered over in Ketchikan a few years ago. .................Arctic Traveller
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Old 10-17-2012, 02:31 PM   #164
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Thanks CP,
As of this year there was a caretaker but he said this year's his last. Wouldn't be surprised if he said that every year though.
Pic #3: Butedale
I've been wondering if Lou was still there. He's been telling me for years that "this" year is his last, but I've told him there is no way he could move to town, he wouldn't make it, he's too much of a hermit. He really enjoys living alone with just his dog (Bert) and his cat (kitty, but it should be Erny)
He does enjoy visitors though, and loves to come aboard to chat. The animals seem to like company too as they always come down to the dock to visit..........................Arctic Traveller
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:57 PM   #165
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AT,
Good to see you again.
Yes I thought as much too. But he does own a house, have friends there too and he actually seemed resolved to end the care taking stuff. He also had several to many disagreements w the owner and that may put him over the edge.

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When I go to Canada I get Canadian money. They have to process all that foreign money and it's probably a genuine annoyance. And I think the interior places along the main roads probably get more foreign visitors than the coastals do except where the cruise ships go.

We are preparing to go back up to Throne Bay for 2 or 3 weeks. But now that the computer is up I'll finish the trip pics when I get back.
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:12 PM   #166
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... but now I realize it was probably taken from a cruise ship. In addition, the blue boat behind the large black one is the Scorpius, the boat I ran for several years, and which wintered over in Ketchikan a few years ago. .....
My picture was taken from a cruise ship. During my last two Alaskan cruises (2010 and 2012) I observed that blue-hulled boat in Ketchikan. The boat was the inspiration to get my own trawler.
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:32 PM   #167
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During my last two Alaskan cruises (2010 and 2012) I observed that blue-hulled boat in Ketchikan. The boat was the inspiration to get my own trawler.
It's a small world huh Mark? Yes, the Scorpius really does cause one to dream of far away places with her rugged North Seas, ocean crossing looks. I'm glad to hear she inspired you, if your ever in Seattle, I'll get you aboard for a look around. If I had more money,I'd buy her and take off for far away places, but even with her greatly reduced price she's out of my range, and I need to keep working for a few more years. .........Arctic Traveller

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Old 10-17-2012, 11:55 PM   #168
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Traveler, we are thinking of different boats; no?

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I think you are, Mark. I believe in your photo the Scorpius is on the same dock as the big black boat with the orange fenders. Looks to be a mini-cruise vessel sort of thing. This is the way the boat looks today. You can have her for a mere $700,000 or so.

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Looks to be a mini-cruise vessel sort of thing. This is the way the boat looks today. You can have her for a mere $700,000 or so.
Aaahhh! Too much money and too much boat.



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Yea Mark I liked it too.
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Yea Mark I liked it too.
Thanks for the close-up photo!
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:23 PM   #173
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Eric. I am a little late jumping in on this thread but wanted you to know how much I enjoyed the pictures and narrative of the trip. Out boating is out of Prince Rupert and mainly from Dundas Island in the north to the bottom end Banks Island in the south. It certainly is a beautiful part of the world. I especially like the south end of Porcher Island. I hope you have a chance to come see us again some day. Hopefully you didn't have any problems with those pesky Canadians in our little town of Smithers when you were passing through on your way south.

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Thanks for popp'in in Ted.
This thread is not dead. Not much to come actually but I'll get my computer hooked up any day now and finish what I started. Nothing to match Kynock Inlet but a finish none the less.

As to the area you speak of ther'e are places in Alaska I may want to go/be but given a week to cruise I'd choose this northern BC area. We may return. I was amazed at Kynoch Inlet. Re the so end of Porcher Is we stayed at the head of Billy Bay one night. Don't recall if it's in the thread. What I missed on Porcher is Oona River. I wanted to see the boat building activities reported there but the tide was all wrong when we were there.
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Oona River is definitely a high tide entrance and you were wise to give it a pass if the tide wasn't right. It is a very interesting community.
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WOWZERS!!! LOOK AT THAT DOCK RAMP!!!
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:05 AM   #177
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What's wrong with it? Looks pretty typical to me.
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What's the tidal range up there?
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:25 AM   #179
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You can get tidal ranges in the 20 foot range in SE Alaska. Down here (PNW) a eight, ten, or more-foot tidal range is typical. The ramp in the photo above looks just like the ramps in our marina at low tide.
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Here's the ramp at Elfin Cove:

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