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post #23 of Old 12-14-2011
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Originally Posted by davidpm View Post

Danger don't mean dead, danger means some risk, at least that's the way I was using it.
Maybe you mean calculated risk. I watch weather constantly. I will not venture into Johnstone Strait in gale force winds. In April of 2010 I would not go around the north end of Vancouver Island when facing winds 55, gusting 70 knots with 6-8 meter seas all on my nose. Even then I had to hole up for a couple days in Alert Bay waiting out 50 knot winds.

Before I leave Port Hardy to venture around the top of the Island we check ever form of weather available to us before heading out.

The Nahwitti Bar at the north end of the Island should be crossed at a high water slack. This usually set the timeline for that part of the trip.

My whole passage planning process is about assessing risk.

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