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Old 07-18-2013, 05:20 PM   #1
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Our first adventure

Just back from our first cruising adventure on our new to us 30' Sundowner Tug on the north coast of British Columbia, Canada.

We've been working on the boat and going out on day trips since March, but spent the last 13 days traveling from our home port of Kitimat, up Grenville Channel to Prince Rupert, then to the top end of Kitkatla Inlet, then down Grenville again to Verney Passage to Bishop Bay Hot Springs, the to the Giltoyees, then home.

My wife and I share the dream 100%, our 11 year old daughter had a blast, and even our three dogs adapted to it! (I'm a lucky, lucky man )

Here's some photo's of our trip;

1) Stern tied in Lowe Inlet
2) Kxngeal Inlet
3) Kitkatla Inlet
4) Klewnugget Inlet
5) Sue Channel (Dog walk anchor)
6) Kitkatla Inlet
7) Verney Passage
8) Giltoyees
9) Yorkies
10) Zain (130 lbs) (new dinghy in order!!!)
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:50 PM   #2
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Awesome pictures and congrats!!
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awesome pictures. we just returned from the sunshine coast as well. Please post more pictures of your boat. i love those sundowners. do you have teak decks or fiberglass decks? what engine do you have and how do you like it? does your boat sleep 4 people ok?
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:37 PM   #5
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Great pictures, love the dogs .what is zains weight? How do you get him in and out of the Sundowner and the livingston ? Thanks for sharing.

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Old 07-18-2013, 06:40 PM   #6
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Murray M,
Great pics. They look a lot like mine from the same area .. go figure. Your's of Giltoyees looks very much like mine of Kynoch Inlet.
The SD sure looks great. I can't believe it's not bigger than our Willard. And the fwd slanted wheelhouse windows are well integrated w the rest of the boat. When I was looking at boats to buy I looked (on-line) at several 36s but as I recall they all were overpowered twins. One had beautiful Sabre engines though. Too bad you and Anode aren't closer.

PS Is that the new Livingston w the 10' beam?
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:45 PM   #7
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...do you have teak decks or fiberglass decks? what engine do you have and how do you like it? does your boat sleep 4 people ok?
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Yes, teak decks, but they're getting pretty tired.

100hp Yanmar 4JH2-UTE. Seems overpowered, but runs great. I believe they came originally with a 65hp engine.

Sleeping 4 won't be a problem, but it depends on how much luggage they bring as storage is pretty slim.

We love ours
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:53 PM   #9
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Great pictures, love the dogs .what is zains weight? How do you get him in and out of the Sundowner and the livingston ? Thanks for sharing.

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Zain is 130 pounds and jumps with confidence into and out of the dinghy, which is on Weaver Snap Davits on the swim grid. It helps that he's such a cool Dude, doesn't get rattled, and only jumps when we say it's okay.

Like I said though, a bigger dinghy is definitely in our future!!
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Murray M,
Great pics. They look a lot like mine from the same area .. go figure. Your's of Giltoyees looks very much like mine of Kynoch Inlet.
The SD sure looks great. I can't believe it's not bigger than our Willard. And the fwd slanted wheelhouse windows are well integrated w the rest of the boat. When I was looking at boats to buy I looked (on-line) at several 36s but as I recall they all were overpowered twins. One had beautiful Sabre engines though. Too bad you and Anode aren't closer.

PS Is that the new Livingston w the 10' beam?
Ooooo...I have dreams of Kynoch...

The Livingston is a decade or more old. Silly, almost pointless craft it is, especially while pulling crab traps in whitecaps

Oh, and thanks Eric for sharing your Alaskan anchoring stories. Having the stern tie line saved our bacon one day. The underwater slope was so steep that the depth sounder was reading 35 feet forward of the pilothouse, and a weighted line off the stern showed 25 feet. I slept really well that night knowing the stern line was going to keep us aligned with the anchor
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I'm envious as hell but am heading to SE Alaska tomorrow for a PNW fix. Great pics and a wonderful crew!
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:01 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the backslapping positive replies

This trip was also big for me because after a 5 year draught caused by 'Life Interferences' I am once again using my 4X5 camera. The new darkroom isn't finished yet, so it'll be a while before the negatives can be developed.

Felt really good to "see" again!
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Well done neighbour. I've also been to all those places and they are indeed beautiful. And you haven't seen anything yet. A slightly longer trip but plan on going to Anyox/Alice Arm some day. Or the white sand beaches to the south between Campania and the Estavan group. Definitely a must see with some great anchorages. The list goes on and on. Go for it Murray.
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Well done neighbour. I've also been to all those places and they are indeed beautiful. And you haven't seen anything yet. A slightly longer trip but plan on going to Anyox/Alice Arm some day. Or the white sand beaches to the south between Campania and the Estavan group. Definitely a must see with some great anchorages. The list goes on and on. Go for it Murray.
Thanks Ted,

It's a straight shot down Douglas Channel to Campania's pure white sand beaches and the Estavan's rock gardens, but me-thinks we'll put some miles under the keel before venturing that far out. In the meantime there's Gardner Canal, the Kitlope, and all those deep fjords east of Butedale and Klemtu...

Two places I'd go back to from this trip is the very north part of Kitkatla Inlet and Klewnugget Inlet. We didn't see one boat of any description in two days at Kitkatla Inlet's top end. There are islets everywhere, and nice long beaches. We didn't find a trail, but Oval Bay on Porcher Island's Hecate Strait side was only 400 metres away through the trees...close enough to hear the surf. Would love to hike there next time.

At the head of Klewnugget's East Inlet there's a nice creek that goes back into a beautiful valley ringed in big mountains. That's going to make for a really good hike and will offer up a whole heap of photographic opportunities for sure.

Aren't we lucky to live perched on the edge of Paradise?
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Absolutely. If you are in the Grenville channel don't miss the chance to anchor in Lowe's Inlet. There is a water fall right at the end of the channel. Anchor in the current (not too close or you will drag) and the boat will stay pointed at the falls with no swinging (my wife doesn't like swinging on the anchor much but tolerates it). This is a great trip for mid September and you can watch the eagles and bears fishing for the salmon trying to get up the falls.
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We poked our nose in there and it was beautiful for sure. Our intention was to anchor and hike up to the lake, but the horsefly population was INSANE!!!!!!!!!!!! Will pencil it in for September...thanks for the tip
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These five pictures were taken in Mockton Inlet at the bottom (east side) of Principe Channel. One of the places I'd love to go back to. We found this peaceful inlet the day after we rode out a gale over 50 knots so Mockton Inlet was even more delightful for us at the time. We were there on our trip south about a year ago.

Love your 4x5 Murray. Never managed to get one. I worked in the camera department at the sporting goods store in Juneau in about 73. We were the state Kodak Distributor at that time. I dealt w a lot of professional photographers working for the State Dept of Tourism. Learned a lot and the curve was steep. The photo manager quit and I was stuck in there. In Alaska one frequently gets in over their head job wise as often you're the only option.
I was a "First Aid Man" at a fish camp at False Pass (cannery) and had the medical responsibility for 180 people. I was "Doc". All because I had a first aid course from the Bureau of Mines. I think I actually saved a guys life though.
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