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Old 07-06-2019, 04:44 PM   #21
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Nice. How far are you going? We have found that if you can follow the ebb from Seymour in the early AM, you can make it to Port McNeill without too much trouble, and before the flood starts working against you too much.
Yes. With a 8-9 knot boat, the Ebb can sweep you right down from Seymour Narrows to Port McNeill - the whole of Johnstone Strait.

Heading the other way, the flood is a lot slower to set up and is generally weaker and won't get you the whole way.

Enjoy!

We just got back from the mid-coast and wish we were still there.

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Old 07-06-2019, 04:57 PM   #22
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One year we did Campbell River to Blunden Harbor in one day. We ran out of ebb just before Weynton Passage. Last month we did Blind Channel to Blunden carrying the ebb through Weynton.
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Old 07-06-2019, 05:02 PM   #23
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Anchored in Port Neville. Four brown bear are doing whatever they do on the beach near the boat. Appears to be mama and three cubs. We won’t be going ashore to share happy hour.

Our anchorage is mud, about 25’ deep. We have had gusts to 20 since dropping the hook. We have lots of chain out, the big snubber rigged, and no other boats are in sight. Sleep will come easily.

During today’s run we had rain, fog, wind, sun, calm, and chop. Several recreational vessels headed north, along with a few sailboats and commercial fish boats. Top speed was about 12 knots.

The brown dots in the center of the first photo are bear. The second photo is looking NE up the port.
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Old 07-07-2019, 10:39 AM   #24
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We had 10-15 knots of wind all night. About a half-dozen cruisers joined us in the general area. This morning, I folded up the bimini top and deployed the paravanes poles to keep the winds down today .

Leaving Port Neville winds were 15-20, much more than forecast. Things quickly settled down and we are now passing Port Harvey. Winds 9 knots and a calm strait.

We just had breakfast and are finishing coffee with music in the pilothouse.
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Old 07-07-2019, 11:04 AM   #25
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Hey Jeff,

Great trip so far, any issues pop up on the boat yet? This is like your longest run yet.
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Old 07-07-2019, 11:18 AM   #26
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Hi John!

No issues so far! Our national ensign is nearly at the end of its service life, but I am hopeful we can complete this trip before we retire it. We are knocking wood.

I changed the generator impeller in Campbell River because of time, not engine hours or symptoms. The one I removed looked great - which better than “fishing” for pieces.

We were up the outside of Vancouver Island last summer. Adding the weekends got us up to about 300 engine hours for the year, so hopefully we have any bugs worked out.

Thanks for the note and you two have a great trip!

Passing West Cracroft Island...
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Old 07-07-2019, 11:23 AM   #27
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Jeff,
Were sorta stuck at Tom & Kays dock. And might have missed a weather window to cross the bar. Good thing we can stop at a couple other places down river and play like tourist’s, LOL.
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Old 07-09-2019, 08:26 PM   #28
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Been off the grid...

We met our friends at Waddington Bay and executed the critical resupply. The place was nice, so we stayed until this morning.

Today we went to Blackfish Sound to see wildlife. Once again, we were not disappointed. We saw a pod of 4-5 Orca; several humpback whales, and tons of birds.

Our friends need a resupply stop and it is going to rain and blow tomorrow, so we are moored at Port McNeill. We are at North Island Marina and they seem fairly full.
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:04 PM   #29
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Wildlife

We are looking and listening for wildlife in Blackfish Sound this afternoon. Will be anchored in Double Bay tonight.
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Old 07-12-2019, 11:55 AM   #30
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Oh Boy, another cruiser using the boat! We hope to leave ourselves on Friday, guess I better start a thread soon.
Cheers you guys, please enjoy your trip!
About time!!!
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Nice write ups Jeff. I am so happy for you guys fulfilling your dreams. How many times have you sat in PA looking out the window dreaming of being out there, Have fun.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:33 PM   #32
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Johnstone Strait

We spent the night in an unknown bay inside of Sprout Islet, Hanson Island. It is exposed to the north, but the passing cruise ships (2) and Alaska Marine Highway ferry did not cause much wake. It was VERY quiet.

Another calm day in Johnstone Strait today. Passing Havannah Channel now, headed to Port Neville with our friends on KISMET.

We had some thick fog this morning. Victoria Traffic contacted us to make us aware of some relevant traffic...very professional. It is all cleared up now and we can see 22+ miles.
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Following and enjoying your write ups.
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Old 07-12-2019, 01:01 PM   #34
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Thank you. We plan to visit Comox around Wednesday.
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Old 07-12-2019, 01:15 PM   #35
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We spent the night in an unknown bay inside of Sprout Islet, Hanson Island. It is exposed to the north, but the passing cruise ships (2) and Alaska Marine Highway ferry did not cause much wake. It was VERY quiet.

Another calm day in Johnstone Strait today. Passing Havannah Channel now, headed to Port Neville with our friends on KISMET.

We had some thick fog this morning. Victoria Traffic contacted us to make us aware of some relevant traffic...very professional. It is all cleared up now and we can see 22+ miles.

Interesting.

We anchored there last year & were hammered by the cruise ship wakes.

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We had some thick fog this morning. Victoria Traffic contacted us to make us aware of some relevant traffic...very professional. It is all cleared up now and we can see 22+ miles.
Do you participate in VTS?
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IRENE, I thought that might have been you in Waddington when we passed by on our way to Lady Boot Cove. We should have stopped. Lots of rain the last few days. Dead calm this morning on the way to Drury Inlet.
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In Comox there are two marinas side by side, public and private, if you have reciprocals you might be able to stay in the private one. My boat, if it ever gets done its refit, is moored in the private marina.

I can't vouch for it, but Maritine's Bistro was suggested as a good place to eat in Comox by Pacific Yachting in the July 2019 issue. Its suppose to be a roughly two minute walk from the marinas.
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Not today, they called us.

I attempted last week coming out of Campbell River, but their transmission was too weak to be of value and I said thanks anyway.
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Sunday Update

We spent last night in Cameleon Harbor at Sonora Island. There was a bunch of rain after we arrived, but the napping went as normal. We took the Pug ashore last night, and she went in the water looking for the perfect rock to put in her mouth. There was possibly a big algae bloom in the harbor...disturbed water behind the boat was bright red. If anyone can explain further, we would appreciate it.

Today we departed on schedule to run Dent Rapids and Gillard Passage. We are now moored at Big Bay, Stuart Island.

There has been rain, but no big wind or waves. Today is the warmest as there is no wind as I write this.

Aside from snagging our anchor buoy with the port stabilizer, we have experienced no problems. I rectified that at the dock without using my mask and fins . No lines were harmed.
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