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Old 09-09-2018, 06:02 PM   #61
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Great to see that you and SWMBO had a good time at the market yesterday. Interesting also to know that your wife and mine had a similar career path. We too raised our kids on Raffi and now have introduced the GrandKids to him. Ours live in Europe, so don't get the same exposure to guys like Raffi. We bought a collection of his songs and took them to the GKs a few years ago.
I have been away (Revelstoke) Tuesday to yesterday, and had no opportunity to review your posts until this AM. When are you leaving Ganges?
Hi Keith, we left this morning. Had a really nice time in Ganges. We were going to gi to Cowichan Bay but when we called then yesterday they said to call back today. When we called under way this morning they said they had a Yacht Club coming in today so they would be completely full. I know anither club was heading over to Genoa so I figured it would be full as well.

We decided to go to Butchart Gardens. Got a mooring and am at the gardens now. Very wet but nice.
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Old 09-09-2018, 06:04 PM   #62
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Thanks so much for sharing so much. I know it's not a small task.

Your batteries will be fine. on a routine basis 50% is a good floor or even higher, but it's even more important to get them back to 100%.
Yeah, I tend to baby them. Most of the time they dont get below 80% SOC.
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Old 09-09-2018, 06:05 PM   #63
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Very pleasing cocktail hour; let's do that again soon.
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Here's our daughter Olivia with Raffi last year:
They both look very happy. Lovely girl and yeah, lets do it again.
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Old 09-09-2018, 06:06 PM   #64
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Dave, what marina were you at in Ganges? We had trouble with power at the Harbour Authority Kanaka dock this summer. We ended up having to use our generator instead of shore power.
We were at Ganges Marina not the Harbor Authority docks. There was a lot of wave action so maybe the connection just got loose.
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Old 09-09-2018, 08:14 PM   #65
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Just got back to the boat. We are completely drenched but had a great time. The rain kept the crowds down which was nice and the Gardens were lovely. Relaxing on the mooring tonight and will figure out what is to come tomorrow.
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“Kinship” away again...

Are you on a buoy on the backside of Butchart, anchored in Tod Inlet, or?
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... and yeah, lets do it again.

David, Karen, and my wife, Gina Belt:
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Just got back to the boat. We are completely drenched...

We're in Sidney (Gina has a flight home tomorrow), continuous rain here, but there is a bookstore on every street corner... and we were rewarded with what may be the most intense rainbow I've ever seen:
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Great thread...thank you all for the effort and sharing. I enjoy other people's cruises!

Rain and poor vis here in Port Angeles.
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Butchart is always great. Anchored in Tod, and walked to the gardens for the last fireworks show of the season a few weeks ago, it was great. All the buoys in Butchart Cove were open when we went by, but thought we were over the size limit, anybody know what the limit is on their buoys? Glad you are having a good trip, awaiting your next update!
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All the buoys in Butchart Cove were open when we went by, but thought we were over the size limit, anybody know what the limit is on their buoys?
Her you are Butchard Garden Mooring Buoys........
Anchoring in Tod Inlet is one of our favorite places.
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Are you on a buoy on the backside of Butchart, anchored in Tod Inlet, or?


Mooring buoy on the backside of Butchart. After breakfast we are going to explore Tod Inlet for a bit. May stay the night there or not. Kind of playing it by ear at the moment. Karen wants to explore then park there at Tod.

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Thks Rochepoint.
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Should be pretty quiet in Tod. A very good place to swing on the hook.
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Butchart is always great. Anchored in Tod, and walked to the gardens for the last fireworks show of the season a few weeks ago, it was great. All the buoys in Butchart Cove were open when we went by, but thought we were over the size limit, anybody know what the limit is on their buoys? Glad you are having a good trip, awaiting your next update!

The buoys say a limit of 40’ (we saw after we were already attached and had a stern tie. I talked to the person at the dock entrance and he said the size limit is so boats don’t ground on the rocks at low tide. I told him my boat is 40’ long with a 3’ swim step. He said that isn’t a problem.
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Sorry we missed you in Ganges - we were at Saltspring Marina with pretty full schedule. We are now at our home marina of Anglers, just around the corner from Butchart Gardens. I highly recommend the pub at the Brentwood Bay Lodge near the ferry terminal. Blue's Bayou (Cajun) near Anglers is closed Mondays I believe. I am racing around today after being gone most of the summer but will do a drive by paddle in the kayak in later afternoon. My cell if you need any local advise - we are one block up the hill from Anglers: 250 480 6753.
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Old 09-11-2018, 01:29 PM   #78
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We spent the night at Tod Inlet. Very nice, quiet spot. Lots of rain, but that is fine.

Heading to Roche Harbor now and just submitted my arrival via the CBP app. It is pending at the moment. We’ll see if it actually works.
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Old 09-11-2018, 03:20 PM   #79
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Well, as I was about 100 yards from the Customs Dock I got a call from a CBP officer. He said that they just got trained yesterday on the Roam system and asked if I had already cleared customs.

Since I hadn’t we used the app. The officer said he was going to try and initiate a video call. It took about 5 tries but eventually we were connected. I could hear the officer but not see him. He could see and hear us. Since he had all the information from the app it made it very simple. He had a photo of our passports and the information off them. I had indicated that I did have some fruit and vegetables on the app and he asked me to specify what we had. He then asked to have us show him the veggies via the video connection.

I had ordered my 2018 re-entry sticker late and had the 2017 number in the app. I had forgotten to change it. He asked for the new number and then input that information in for me.

All in all, a reasonably painless process. There will be a bit of a learning curve for all concerned but it went pretty smoothly and sure is a lot more convenient than clearing at Roche or Friday Harbor’s custom dock.
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I used ROAM this week, twice. Seemed to work ok for all, and easy for me.
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