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post #10 of Old 08-03-2013
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Re: Barkley Sound, West Coast Vancouver Island

I have been Barkley Sound about 10 times. Once I came up Juan de Fuca, the others were part of an around Vancouver Island.

You will need to clear customs in Victoria.

Sooke is possible stop on the outbound trip. There are some marinas just as you enter the harbour. If you wish to go into the basin, do so on a high tide.

Port Renfrew has a new marina that MIGHT be able to take small shallow draft boats. I have anchored during an engine electrical failure. Would not start - whole other story.

As the wind tends to die at night I did an overnight trip. Stay out of the TSS.

Once in the sound you can get moorage at:

Bamfield - neat little town, no services at the government dock

Ucluelet - Small Boat Harbour: showers, laundry, power, water, provisions and restaurants ashore.

or at the Port Alberni Yacht Club (Robbers Passage): $1.00 per foot, showers $2.00, iffy water.

- Effingham Island: a little exposed, somewhat deep
- Joe`s Bay: watch the reef to starboard in the north entrance
- Nettle Island: deep, lots of room to swing
- Pinkerton Island: a little too much current for my liking

There are more anchorages but I have not had a chance to check them out.

I also do the return trip at night. Leave early afternoon and have breakfast in Victoria.

I have not been to Tofino by boat.

Hot Springs Cove is a day from Ucluelet.

More than happy to answer any questions.


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