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Re: British Columbia wilderness, sometime in next 3 years, any exp

Some other things about this, now updated with more details on the blog:

If someone is thinking of any variation of a route or destinations to take out or add to the trip itineraries, suggestions are appreciated.

Local water taxis can swap crew out in many places all over the island and by Queen Charlotte Strait.

At the very least, a quarter of such passage making time on the boat will involve waiting for conditions to allow getting to the next reliable anchorage. Like what's noted here, this may be very well over half the passage making time. This could be time to work on many sorts of things, especially if it's in a usual mobile or wifi network (not likely). Crew could collectively get a satellite phone off ebay or something and use that sometimes. It could then be sold if the batteries and mobile network will still be working and compatible with it, unlike a rental. I may get one myself, or some high-powered VHF system, whatever would enable myself, in a forested valley, to, by chance, talk to someone in an emergency.
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Re: British Columbia wilderness, sometime in next 3 years, any exp

Most of the coast has cell coverage now. Any sheltered area will have 47 American power boats anchored with their prawn traps out and a Norwegian owned fish farm at the head. Regular chartered flights from Lake Union to most bays. and helicopter logging is common. We cruise 30 years too late. Lament.
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Re: British Columbia wilderness, sometime in next 3 years, any exp

Originally Posted by jackdale View Post
Whirlpools and tidal rips (not riptides, whole different thing) are shown on charts. This is Dent Rapids. The flood current direction changes in the Campbell River area. It floods from the north from there to the north end of the Island. Be aware of that.

Johnstone Strait tends to have a NW wind. Although I have seen 50 knot SE. You will not see the Pacific until you are past Hope Island.

The VHF weather channels can be found In Radio Aids to Marine Navigation. The Environment Canada Marine web site (Marine Weather - Environment Canada) is great. If ypu go outside use NOAA weatherfax (Northeast Pacific WX Briefing Package) and grib files

If you want to clear customs under sail go to Bedwell Harbour. There are few hassles. No apples, potatoes, guns, etc.. Check CBSA website (Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) - Home)
The flow of tidal current round VI meets at Midle Natch
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