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post #2 of Old 03-19-2013
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Re: British Columbia wilderness, sometime in next 3 years, any exp

What's the link to the other post?

There's an annual sailboat race around Vancouver Island and anybody with ten hours of sailing time can do it (And have a 50-50 chance of winning the race). People with 8 foot dinghies used to routinely row to Victoria when the Hudson Bay Company was there.

Also, there's a well paved highway that runs north all the way up Vancouver Island. Are you thinking it's a wilderness? If you can pull up the centerboard, you can beach almost anywhere you want (Except in somebodies backyard). A 12 foot 420 will get you anywhere you want to go. Athough the racers use 30 footers they're not beaching either. So you have me confused. When you say there are "19 remote forests" I think you're the under the impression you think you're sailing away from civilization instead of towards it - You and 25,000 other boats.

"Safely practical" is June to September though June is seldom dry but you can do April-May if you dress warm (and dry) but probably not much fun. Smooth water, light prevailing wind out of the west. Even crappy weather isn't dangerous. Plan for 5-6 knots speed. No danger (You could make the trip on a wind surfing board or a kayak). What are the 1500 hours for? To prepare to clear Customs? Because it might take that long. Or practice avoiding getting run over by tankers? And "bush trots?" Have you ever been there?

If you haven't, you can Google satellite photography.

Got a chart? Look up "Buccaneer Bay". Nice place and too shallow for the big boats.
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