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Old 11-04-2017, 08:10 PM   #141
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Too funny....
“That sailboat” is mine....I ordered the colour.
It’s more island packet beige ...
I also ordered the Camano for a close match ...
Well...as close as they could
But heh....yellow is fine as I get both colours from people
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Old 11-04-2017, 08:12 PM   #142
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You decide...
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Old 11-13-2017, 06:01 PM   #143
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Just looking over trip pictures.
It amazes me that at certain times, specific bays literally fill with jelly fish... I mean FILL.
Anyone know the cause?
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Old 08-24-2018, 07:28 PM   #144
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Back in....

Returned to Campbell River to prep for launch and the fall cruise.
Have to say that inside storage is awesome!
This is a first for me and is simply incredible!
No winterizing and boat was exactly as left other than a “bit” of dust.
No mould, no sun fade, no dirt. Still shines!
Anyhoot, as I changed the oil before storage, the only prep was bottom paint as needed, battery charge, zincs and provision.
Splashed this afternoon and “it floats”
Kinda funny as I had to bug Scott as I’d forgotten how to do a few things...
All boats are slightly different and he was patient as “dumb ass” here had forgotten a few basic systems operations.
The JD fired instantly and so far everything works!
I’ve owned enough boats (too many) to know there are typically a few gremlins after sitting for 9+ months.
Happy to be back in the PNW and looking forward to exploring again soon.
After a few crazy weeks back home getting ready to leave and the last few busy days here to launch.... I think I’m going to just relax a bit before heading off.
Good food, wine, book and comfortable boat to recharge on.
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Old 08-25-2018, 09:33 AM   #145
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Good Day Sir -

I thoroughly enjoyed your stories last fall. I wish you good times and safe travels again this year.



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Old 08-25-2018, 10:36 AM   #146
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She looks great. Looking forward to seeing more pictures of your beautiful cruising grounds.
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Old 08-25-2018, 11:34 AM   #147
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Thanks
Will post a few pics once underway
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Old 08-26-2018, 01:25 PM   #148
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Just spent my 2nd relaxing night aboard. Last year’s routines and “where things are”...”where do they go” placements are all coming back to me. I really do like this boat. So nicely laid out below...
Perfect size for when I’m single handing, which I will be until Claudia flys in Sept 22, yet great for a couple as well.
Not sure if it’s the design, the colour or the fact I’m right in Camano country here (Campbell River) but Emma B certainly gets a lot of attention and compliments.
There is an older one in a slip across from me, another up on the hard soon to be launched.
Loving the sunshine and relaxed pace of sorting things out and provisioning.
The cabinet was there, so I purchased a Bluetooth TV. The ariel is to arrive tomorrow. Just went to Starbucks and downloaded a ton of movies and documentaries to watch while remote. Almost makes their coffee prices worthwhile 😄
Hope to be underway late Monday or Tuesday.
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Old 08-26-2018, 02:28 PM   #149
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It's so exciting to see when someone finds the perfect boat for themselves. Helmsman does seem to fit that definition for many people here.
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Old 08-26-2018, 02:52 PM   #150
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Yes...it truly IS exciting! And the perfect boat for me! Thanks!
Helmsman is a very small yard that has stayed extremely busy. By no means Grand Banks production, wasn’t meant to be, yet obviously enough share my opinion to make them successful.....but that isnt what this thread is about.
Hooked up the solar today and with the sun out, grinned at the results.
Fridge and freezer running, inverter running and batteries well over 13V with panel making over 7amps consistently.
Gotta love solar.... although I do carry a Honda 2000 in case there are several cloudy days in a row.
Getting excited as the list is progressively getting shorter.
Doing laundry as I peck this out...
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Old 08-27-2018, 02:33 PM   #151
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I was going to attempt a relatively small wiring project, but in the end, hired it out. The reason I’m posting this, is the tech complimented on both the electrical and plumbing installations numerous times over the short job stating how well the systems were designed and how easy to work on.
Good to hear.
I’ll stick to carpentry, mechanical and fibreglass work...
Always was intimidated by wiring.
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Old 08-27-2018, 02:42 PM   #152
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I was going to attempt a relatively small wiring project, .
Problem is relatively as there's no such thing as a small wiring project. I'm with you, when it comes to wiring it's all big.
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Old 08-27-2018, 02:48 PM   #153
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Im a very “hands on” type and a tradesman.
But...
When it comes to wiring, I think I’m a hero getting a stereo to work ��
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Old 08-27-2018, 09:06 PM   #154
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Well....underway.
Nice run to Heriot Bay this afternoon. Only 16miles so a good late day start for the season.
Seas were calm, tides cooperative and after several years stopping here, the warm welcome was awfully nice too.
Just had a nice bbq chicken dinner, relaxing with a wine now and soon will be “hit the bunk”
It’s been busy for several weeks getting to this point!
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:05 PM   #155
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Well....underway.

Nice run to Heriot Bay this afternoon. Only 16miles so a good late day start for the season.

Seas were calm, tides cooperative and after several years stopping here, the warm welcome was awfully nice too.

Just had a nice bbq chicken dinner, relaxing with a wine now and soon will be “hit the bunk”

It’s been busy for several weeks getting to this point!


I am excited the follow along again this year. Since I am not very familiar with the BC waters, would you mind giving just a tad more information as to where you are? I was able to find Herriot Bay on the East side of Quadra Island, so I guess that is where you are. I assume you went around Cape Mudge? I’ve never been there but have heard that depending on wind and tide it can be rough at times.
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:34 PM   #156
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No worries...sure
I launched at Discovery Marina in Campbell River, which is on the S end of Johnstone Strait.
The wind was blowing against the tide and it looked bad on the straight if you were headed N, luckily, I was in no hurry so waited until the tide changed so wind and tide were both going my way. Very calm and a 2-3knot boost this afternoon.
Yes, the cape can be extremely rough if a SE is blowing. Lots of fetch up the straightb of Georgia! It seem it’s either a SE or a NW here. Today was a NW so all good.
Heriot Bay Inn is a funky older marina and Inn with a ratty bar but really decent restaurant! One of my favourite stops! Rates go way down Oct 1st. Great grocery and liquor store just up the hill behind the Inn.
Not certain where I’m headed after this...
May do a few quiet days in the Octopus Islands or may get ambitious and stage to head N and time all the rapids to the Broughtons.
I’ll try to give better area info as I go.
Have fun!
Oh ya...the Strait right at Cape Mudge will kick your butt when the tide is running.
LOTS of swirlies!
Ad a SE wind n waves...Not good
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Thanks Durant! I keep taking notes about potential trips in the future. The Octopus Islands were where I was hoping to go this year, but the wife had other ideas....
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:06 PM   #158
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Octopus Islands are secure and pretty. Good crabbing too.
Dave, my name is Frank....Durant is the last name. Same as the old cars.
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Welcome back to the hood Frank! Sorry we missed each other - just back at the dock this afternoon.
Lots of Humpbacks in Sutil Channel the last while so you may run into them. Monitor channel 7alpha for the whalewatching info.
If you get up to the Broughtons you may find the Port Harvey Marina closed. George passed away suddenly about a month ago and I'm not sure what Gail plans to do. They were always my first stop after the run up Johnstone.
Enjoy your cruising!
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Old 08-28-2018, 11:25 AM   #160
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Hi Conrad
I looked for your NT at CR...
Thanks for the tip on channel 7
Appreciate it.
I’ll be headed to the Broughtons, not sure yet if sooner or later or both ��
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