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Old 07-27-2020, 04:32 PM   #621
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While nothing in stone, certainly looks like I’ll be wintering aboard in the Gulf Islands. I’ve passed through multiple times and stopped at various marinas but curious if any of you have favourite anchorages? I enjoy gunk holing and am fine unplugged for several days.
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Old 08-02-2020, 10:05 PM   #622
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Montague, either anchor or tie to buoy depending on direction of wind. There is a dock to take the dinghy to for walking.


Wallace Island would be lovely during the off season. Again, opportunity to get off the boat for a bit of exercise.


Never anchored in Tod Inlet but understand that it is nice during the winter.



Winter Cove is nice as well. Watch your depths and wind direction.



We just got back from the Broughtons. Very quiet up there even in July with no US boats. We anchor mostly but did notice the marinas were almost vacant. Sullivan had 4 boats tied up when we went by.
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Old 08-02-2020, 10:13 PM   #623
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Although a couple of months away, my thoughts are starting to go to the PNW cruise again...
I anchor out a lot and one issue that I’m sure many that don’t own or want a watermaker have is water use. While alone I have no problem and the 100 gallons can last a long time. Low pressure rinse doing dish’s, showers are quick wet-water off-lather-quick rinse and so on. Throw another person aboard not versed in water conservation and the range changes.
While watching a sailing video posted by folks cruising around the world I picked up this tip and will install on Emma B this season.
I added a small accumulator tank last year and this season will ad this valve just after it. The pressure will be reduced to “minimum to shower” level with taps on full. This will reduce the high pressure waste considerably when using water for so many things.
Cheap n easy too.
Will report back once it’s on and tested.
In the PNW why not collect rain water like we did before Watermakers? Can’t imagine not having one anymore though.
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Old 08-03-2020, 08:32 AM   #624
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Ncomfort... I’ve never anchored at Wallace island or Tod inlet. Will check them out. Thanks.
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I have collected rain water. The helmsman has nice aft roof drain extensions that make it easy.
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Prevost Island has some great protected anchorages...

We too were in the Broughtons a couple of weeks ago...turned south as the weather was poor.

Desolation was surprisingly crowded! I’ve not been in peak season before and cannot imagine what it must be like when the border is open.
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That’s odd.
I assume you didn’t see any WN registered boats.
Perhaps Canadians are flocking to Desolation Sound thinking it wouldn’t be crowded with all the Americans missing.
I’ve never been there mostly because of the tales of crowding. The only real reason to go there is because of the warm water .. or is there some other attraction. But perhaps the attraction actually is other people. “It’s a party .. everyone’s going there” mindset.

So Caphenning say you collect several hundred gallons of rain water. Where would one store the tank on a 35’ trawler. Capsize the boat, crush the deck or roof. Rec trawlers aren’t water tank carriers.
But perhaps you were thinking of 10 gal jugs or similar. One would need to consider decks or cabin roofs to be contaminated. So would need the Clorox treatment. But it could be done. In small quantities. Of course if one was rafted to Elmore ...... ?
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Desolation is a pretty special place when not crowded and yes the warm water is an added attraction...as warm as 76f on our trip. May and September are way less busy, the times I have visited.

We also went into Princess Louisa which was busy but not excessively so.

Did not see a lot of partying but I suspect lots of Canadian boaters are using boating as an ideal self isolation technique and many may be away from work for Covid reasons.

Interestingly the RCMP and Coast Guard were pretty prevalent and seemed to be particularly on the look out for American boats.
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That’s odd.
I assume you didn’t see any WN registered boats.
Perhaps Canadians are flocking to Desolation Sound thinking it wouldn’t be crowded with all the Americans missing.
I’ve never been there mostly because of the tales of crowding. The only real reason to go there is because of the warm water .. or is there some other attraction. But perhaps the attraction actually is other people. “It’s a party .. everyone’s going there” mindset. ?
Seriously? .....”it’s a party”..... that’s the attraction.....

I go in the off season but can assure you it’s not for company....

My question was if “anyone had good anchorages in the Gulf islands”?

Pics are why I go to Desolation Sound...

Now... back to Gulf Island anchorages....
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Pics are why I go to Desolation Sound...

Now... back to Gulf Island anchorages....
Pictures like these are why I got an estimate to ship Sylphide cross country. Someday I might just do it.
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While nothing in stone, certainly looks like I’ll be wintering aboard in the Gulf Islands. I’ve passed through multiple times and stopped at various marinas but curious if any of you have favourite anchorages? I enjoy gunk holing and am fine unplugged for several days.
Favourite gunkholes:
Montague
Princess (Wallace)
Clam Bay
Ruxton Passage (De Courcey)
Winter Cove
Secretaries
Sidney Spit
Tod Inlet
Bedwell

Docking spots:
Maple Bay
Ganges
Silva Bay (Page's)
Port Browning
Telegraph (either marina)
Ladysmith (Maritime Society)
Sidney

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I’ve been to a couple of those but obviously way more to see. Thanks. Should be a good winter!
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That’s odd.
I assume you didn’t see any WN registered boats.
Perhaps Canadians are flocking to Desolation Sound thinking it wouldn’t be crowded with all the Americans missing.
I’ve never been there mostly because of the tales of crowding. The only real reason to go there is because of the warm water .. or is there some other attraction. But perhaps the attraction actually is other people. “It’s a party .. everyone’s going there” mindset.

It truly is a beautiful area. It is very crowded during the high season, but even with the crowds, my experience was very pleasant. The warm water is a plus, but the scenery just can't be beat.
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