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Old 05-29-2020, 12:33 PM   #1
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BC Central Coast Update

A BC brand specific association has just sent this “Central Coast Update” which says, in part, the coast has been effectively shut down by the local first nations.

A person who lives in the area, says Shearwater, Bella Bella, Bella Coola, Ocean Falls and Klemtu are all locked down by the natives who make it very obvious that they do not want anyone in their territory. They have put up barriers at the ferry terminals and do not allow anyone other than a local citizen to enter the area.

All the docks are closed so there is no place to tie up. Exception is Shearwater but only for emergency repairs or grocery shopping. The fuel dock open.

Pacific Coastal Airlines was to resume flights June 1 but that has been delayed to June 28, so no air travel, effectively no ferry travel and no pleasure boat travel.

It is not clear what will happen after June 28 but they hope to resume at that point with reduced service.

The real impact to the pleasure boater is; if you need to get parts to repair your vessel, there is no practical way to get them as the local ferry only runs once every two weeks, and with no air freight or passenger service available you could be really stuck.

Bottom line, if you were thinking about going up the coast this summer, might want to reconsider.
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Old 05-29-2020, 01:22 PM   #2
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Can't blame them, as First Nations were hit much harder during the Spanish Flu than those of European descent. That, and health care is meagre.
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I say more power to them, even though I had hoped to be cruising up there this summer.
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Thanks for the update. I agree with Murray that you can't blame them for protecting themselves.
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This should be in the COVID-19 sub-forum with the rest of your repetitive advisories.
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Old 05-29-2020, 03:46 PM   #6
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Yeah, I knew that when I posted but also knew few would see it.
Go ahead, cuff it and throw it in the COVID clink, if you must.
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Old 05-29-2020, 04:48 PM   #7
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It's relevant to BC boaters who may be thinking of summer trips, so I think the post is just fine where it is.

Fortunately, I didn't book any holidays from work this summer because our daughter will be working all summer. Weird...first summer without a cruise since we got Badger.
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Old 05-29-2020, 06:36 PM   #8
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I agree that the post is relevant to many members here, oddly enough B.C.ers.

We know of several people whose intentions had been to head for Haida Gwai. Of course that is scuttled now.
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I don't see why this post is an issue. See lots of posts about cruising on the east coast. If it doesn't apply to you, don't read it.
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It's relevant to BC boaters who may be thinking of summer trips, so I think the post is just fine where it is.
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I agree that the post is relevant to many members here.
to both. Yes there is a world beyond the 49th.
I pondered the COVID bin and West Coast bucket but decided on General.
I figured at least a couple would agree with the placement.
Refuge Cove is telling people not to come. I know of a boat that was denied overnight dockage at Shearwater and chased out of Klemtu.

The "Coastal Guardians" are very active and that's all I will say about that.
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I just phoned Refuge Cove due to the comments above. I was told they ARE open WITH PRECAUTIONS. THe fuel dock, transient dock, store and ice will be available.

Lots of places are restricted to certain operations such as fuel or closed though so I will say it again if you want to visit a place, PHONE them.

This does NOT negate Soin2la's post though. Just check it out carefully.
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Things change fast as well, so it's probably a good idea to double check before leaving, then again before arriving to make sure the policy hasn't changed.
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I will say it again if you want to visit a place, PHONE them.
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Things change fast as well, so it's probably a good idea to double check before leaving, then again before arriving to make sure the policy hasn't changed.
Really valid points. It might still be worth keepin the summer flexible.
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Don't forget to check back to Waggoner's Cruising Guide as they have what is open, closed, partially open for BC and Washington:

https://waggonerguide.com/covid-19/
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This should be in the COVID-19 sub-forum with the rest of your repetitive advisories.
I found the post useful, though depressing. I've decided that I'm going to boat through the winter this year.
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I found the post useful, though depressing. I've decided that I'm going to boat through the winter this year.
We take Badger out in winter, but because we don't have a storm anchor set up, it's just day trips for now. There's daylight for about 8 hours a day, so that leaves weekends when the weather is doable. That works out about once a month, which is something Badger's engine appreciates.

This last winter we had the perfect day. Over a foot of fresh snow has fallen overnight and it stuck to the branches of trees and bushes right down to the high tide line. Only trees near the waterline facing south dropped snow from their branches in the late afternoon sun. There were patches of blue sky and puffy white clouds all day. Sometimes small whiteout snowstorms would pass through, obscuring the mountains or shorelines temporarily.

We were hugging the shore and I was photographing snow draped mature alders against a steep mountainside of evergreens when my wife spotted a deer on the beach. We followed it, and it met two other deer on the next beach.

There was no wind and no current to speak of, so we hovered in about ten feet of water just off the beach and steep shoreline for about 45 minutes, moving Badger just enough to stay close to the deer as they moved along the beach. They were so close we had to zoom out our lenses to fit their whole bodies in the frame.

It was a magical day.

There is no such thing as 'boating season'.
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MurrayM,
I know what you mean although we no longer winter boat and our territory is quite different. We used to winter boat and the good days were brilliant. Dead calm seas, absolutely clear air, almost no other boats, thousands of seabirds wheeling and swimming around. So many birds that it was pointless trying to avoid the flocks. I would try but all I could do is pick the least disturbing, to me, track through them.

We wouldn't see the deer though but nonetheless it was spectacular.
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It was a magical day.

There is no such thing as 'boating season'.
And those Magical Days are the reason boaters seem to enjoy life much more than non-boaters will ever know.
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Old 05-30-2020, 09:57 AM   #19
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Hey C Lectric...nothing like the sound of a thousand or so Surf Scoters taking off, eh? (Their wingtips "whistle" for those who don't know)

I know I posted photos from that day somewhere here on TF, but can't find them and our computer is having a hiccup with photos right now... here's some from another winter day trip:

https://www.trawlerforum.com/forums/...4&postcount=47
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Found one inglorious deer photo posted on a Fujifilm camera forum, with a couple photos from the same day trip in the posts right before this one.

It's from a thread called "Down to the Sea in Ships" which will probably kill a whole afternoon if you like looking at boat photos from around the world!

https://www.fujix-forum.com/threads/...69#post-958805
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