Re: What's the difference? Help route planning.
What are you after in a city? We live in Vancouver and its a lovely city but probably one of the least transient-boater-friendly places... Not the people but the infrastructure ( or lack thereof)
The False Creek Fishermans wharves offers moorage -it's right downtown near Granville Is. Anchoring is possible in FC, you need a permit, two weeks max, you can get it under the north end of the Granville bridge(all bridges have reasonable clearance)
As far as getting to DS, up thru the islands, Nanaimo, schooner cove, Comox Copeland Is, and you're there, or from Vancouver to Gibsons, Secret/Smuggler, Pender Hbr, Powell River/Westview, Copelands.
Plenty of good spots along the way, though.. Jedidiah Is, Tribune Bay are other favourites as wel as Jervis Inlet in general - Musket Is park, Egmont, Harmony Is, the list goes on.
Plenty to explore once you're there. Our faves include Tenedos, Teakerene Arm, Roscoe Bay, Walsh cove. Get supplies at Refuge and/or Squirrel cove stores. Plenty of one-boat nooks if that's what you're after.
Weather and water temps are the best in DS generally. The weather WILL NOT be the same north of DS.. Expect fog, cloud cover, rain and drizzle for much of the time, esp mornings. In good conditions this may clear off in the pm but will be back next morning. Also any transit northward in Johnstone Strait should be done early morning because summertime westerly gales are common later in the day. Most cruisers take the various routes east of there and do the "unavoidable" 20 or so NM at best opportunity. Three or four sets of tidal rapids need careful planning and timing.
The Broughtons do offer high percentage of whale sightings, easier/better fishing, crabbing and prawning more solitude if you want it.
From there you could explore the many winding long fiords, choose to circumnavigate Vancouver Island, or carry on North to Alaska and Haida Gwai, again endless opportunity along those routes.
However much of this coast (outside VI and central/North coast) is serious territory requiring self sufficiency, a sound capable vessel and plenty of time to wait out weather- and again a far less "summery" experience... Worth it, but be prepared.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Last edited by Faster; 06-22-2013 at 12:23 PM.