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Old 10-14-2018, 10:52 AM   #281
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Always find it pretty in and around Octopus Islands. The trip out headed to time Beazley pass was beautiful in the sun.

The top picture, although taken for the scene, shows the great job Helmsman did with my “defroster” outlets.
Also shows a seal head carving from the lady at the art gallery in Lund. It’s neat watching her carve them out of soap stone.
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Old 10-14-2018, 12:42 PM   #282
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Hello Frank,
I have been reading your thread since you began posting last year. I want to thank you for the effort you have taken to share your wonderful experiences with others. A very gracious thing to do! Your pictures and written descriptions are fabulous. Thank you.
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Old 10-14-2018, 01:05 PM   #283
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Thanks Bill
Just love the PNW and hope to show others the beauty here and benefits of late season cruising. You often feel like this paradise is all yours!
Glad you’re enjoying it.

PS...your boat is one of my all time favourites!
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Old 10-14-2018, 02:17 PM   #284
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Ironic that you get praise from Little Fish after all of your grief with Big Fish!
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Old 10-14-2018, 02:20 PM   #285
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I read the boat name twice too... ��
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Old 10-14-2018, 08:01 PM   #286
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Those seal heads are really nice, very expensive also. That is a great shop she has. Great following your travels.
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:51 AM   #287
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Thanks
I had her not polish mine... I liked the look best with the etchs from carving showing. To me, looks better....more like hair.
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Old 10-15-2018, 01:59 PM   #288
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Once we left Octopus Islands to time Beazley Pass, we had a rare occurrence... we passed another cruising boat!
I believe it was an American Tug 34 and was out of California.
Some days you see no boats at all. The days you do, they are water taxis or work boats.
The Tug and I crossed close to slack at Beazley.


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Beazley near slack
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:13 AM   #289
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Once through Beazley Pass, it was a relatively short hop to Heriot Bay marina on Quadra Island. Iíve mentioned before that I love this place. Itís a funky spot with older docks, an old bar, nice restaurant and an awesome little grocery and liquor store just up the hill behind. As our plans from here through the next several days were anchoring out, we stocked up the fridge and bar.
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Old 10-16-2018, 05:28 PM   #290
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From Heriot Bay Inn, our plan was to slowly work our way into Desolation Sound with stops all around Cortes on route. VonDonop, then Gorge, Mansonís Landing, Cortes Bay, Squirrel Cove Store/dock and Squirrel Cove.
First night was anchored in the end bay of VonDonop. VonDonop Inlet is almost 3 miles long and very well protected. At the end, there is a walking trail to various parts of the island including a 3 mile walk to the Squirrel Cove store if youíre up for it. We settled for a nice hike looking at the moss etc in this rain forest setting. A couple of sailboats came in later and I loved the smoke emanating from a wood stove on one of them.
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Old 10-16-2018, 05:31 PM   #291
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VonDonop is one of the many places that I've wanted to get to, but haven't yet. Thanks for the pics.
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Old 10-17-2018, 12:26 PM   #292
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Thanks Dave
It’s an interesting Inlet with several bays to anchor and the nice trails as well.
Well worth the stop.
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Old 10-17-2018, 01:44 PM   #293
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Von Donop is our favourite all time place to stop. So many different spots to anchor and even the sort of wide open areas are only 50' or so with mud bottom so nobody will ever get skunked.
Our favourite spot is the little nook about three quarters of the way in on the left (Not the lagoon indent) which also features trail access to Squirrel cove. A gorgeous little nook; more than once we've been greeted by a deer as we pulled in. A bit too small for Blue Sky, but our previous and smaller boats fit right in.
Kids and grandkids always go swimming in the warm summer water.
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Old 10-17-2018, 02:31 PM   #294
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We took a slow, sunny cruise around to Gorge Harbour, touring Whaletown Bay on the way. Gorge Marina is such a fine spot with its extremely well built concrete floating docks, simply beautiful grounds, small but well stocked store, fuel and even propane! Itís a nice, longer walk over to Whaletown or simply head out the road and keep turning right for a nice shorter loop.look to the right about 2/3 way up to Whaletown road and thereís an old grown tree.
We are really getting spoiled with this fall weather!
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Old 10-18-2018, 11:42 AM   #295
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We looked again on the way out and sadly, the eagles that typically sit atop the small bald rock islands just out from the entrance to Gorge weren’t there. In 4 pass’s, I’ve yet to see them this year so hope they are ok and simply moved elsewhere.
On our way to Squirrel Cove we did a “once around” Cortes Bay.
June Cameron, a local sailor and author retired there and I was lucky enough to meet her and have her sign a book before she passed on. An amazing adventurous lady! Her book “26ft to the Charlottes” is a great read if your plans are further N
The beautiful classic cruiser below was on a mooring in the bay.
On to Squirrel Cove with a stop at the classic “General Store” before carrying on into the cove to anchor. The store has a bit of produce, hardware, dry goods, fishing tackle, post office and liquor store all wrapped into one.
I like anchoring at the NE end of the Cove close to the tidal pond out back. With its narrow entrance, it can’t keep up to the tide changes so creates a mini waterfall in both directions.
A busy place in season, we had it all to ourselves.
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Old 10-18-2018, 05:39 PM   #296
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Iím jumping ahead here...
Currently in Lund, itís a beautiful,warm and sunny day. Boat is cleaned up, laundry in. Just came down from the flybridge to mix a rum..
It has been about 2 months and a thousand miles since I launched this year. One month was solo, this last month with Claudia aboard. I canít help but think what a great little cruiser these Camanoís are. So easy to dock solo yet we find it lots of room for 2. If youíre like me, hard not to ďdream about boatsĒ and the next one is always being played out in my mind.... yet as I sit here today, in the sun, gotta say Iím feeling pretty contented.
There is an old saying:
ďHappiness is wanting what you already haveĒ
In this moment...Iím pretty happy!
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Old 10-18-2018, 05:45 PM   #297
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That wouldn't be a 43 you are dreaming about would it? :P

That extra leg room is dreamy.......
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Lund is a nice little town. Some great places to eat there overlooking the marina.


When I was in squirrel cove last, I seem to remember counting about 75 boats from where we were anchored and we couldn't see all of them from where we were. Must be a nice place when empty.
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Old 10-18-2018, 06:54 PM   #299
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It’s awesome this time of year!
I started fall cruises here 10yrs ago on a friends trawler for “boys week” (read:eat, drink, fish and be merry)
Have been spoiled ever since, although I did get a taste of “busy season” last summer bringing Emma B up from Seattle.
I’ll take the fall cruises anytime!

PS.. Big John, the lad that got me out here on his old trawler back then is the new Helmsman 43 owner I was with a few weeks ago in Vancouver. Great guy and super knowledge of the area.
Boys week starts this Sunday...... pray for my liver ��
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Re Squirrel Cove the bottom must be like a plowed farm field.
Could be very loose seabed w poor holding.
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