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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 Iím sure many that donít 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 dishís, 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 ďminimum to showerĒ level with taps on full. This will reduce the high pressure waste considerably when using water for so many things.
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Will report back once itís on and tested.
In the PNW why not collect rain water like we did before Watermakers? Canít imagine not having one anymore though.
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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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Thatís odd.
I assume you didnít see any WN registered boats.
Perhaps Canadians are flocking to Desolation Sound thinking it wouldnít be crowded with all the Americans missing.
Iíve 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. ďItís a party .. everyoneís going thereĒ mindset. ?
Seriously? .....Ēitís a partyĒ..... thatís the attraction.....

I go in the off season but can assure you itís not for company....

My question was if ďanyone had good anchorages in the Gulf islandsĒ?

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 Iíll be wintering aboard in the Gulf Islands. Iíve 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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Thatís odd.
I assume you didnít see any WN registered boats.
Perhaps Canadians are flocking to Desolation Sound thinking it wouldnít be crowded with all the Americans missing.
Iíve 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. ďItís a party .. everyoneís going thereĒ 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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Anchorages? We have enjoyed the very skinny water between Musgrave Island and Saltspring. Otter, Troll hull #2, had no trouble but check that tide table. Low water is about equal to the Troll"s draught. Current changes 180 degrees.
Nice trails on shore in the park.

Newcastle Island at Nanaimo is really very good. Great walks on the island and ferry to town from docks at the park or a different ferry from the Dingy Dock Pub on Entrance Island. Personally I prefer to use the one from the pub because it takes you right to a shopping mall for groceries.

Another great little anchorage is Annette Cove on Prevost Island. You might call it a hurricane hole. Watch for the shallows at the entrance.

If I check my list of favorites, top one is probably Cabbage Island. Kind of a maze of reefs getting in there but easy enough to do with GPS. Even enjoy it in snotty weather. NOT protected by much of anything.

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Thanks for the advice lads. Some I’ve been to, many I’ve not. Will be fun checking out new spots.
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Iím typically there about now but with Covid so widespread in the south and our borders closed, Iíll be landing west October 16th this year but staying over winter. Will head north first, then slowly work southward to the Gulf Islands.
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Covid travel isn’t the easiest. On top of the stress of being in a tube with 200+ other people during the 2nd wave of a pandemic, the airline in their effort to fill seats keeps changing flights. Welcome to travel 2020... Even withoyour own country it’s a different reality..
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Looking forward to seeing you Frank! Pop by I dock and say hi (from a distance of course...). There a couple of boats heading north to Cameleon on Friday for the weekend if you're splashed and ready to go by the weekend.
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Covid travel isnít the easiest. On top of the stress of being in a tube with 200+ other people during the 2nd wave of a pandemic, the airline in their effort to fill seats keeps changing flights. Welcome to travel 2020... Even withoyour own country itís a different reality..
I get it. I'm on two or three flights every week.

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Hope to splash around the 22nd or so, then provision etc.
I’ll track you down on the dock Conrad for a “social distant” rum��
Will give a PM when I’m headed PR way too
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