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I am planning a trip to Montague ( Galiano) in a 26 ft bayliner. I would like to know what to look for when leaving the mouth of the southarm. I am assuming that hightide is best for slack currents. I am new to the water aside from a 1/2 dozen trips from canoe pass to Steveston.
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Re: sandhead

Lol! I would say that 99% of people here have no idea where you are talking about!

I do know where you are talking about but I am not sure exactly what you are asking. I have no experience with the South Arm, but some of us are familiar with the Gulf Islands, and Montague.

Which pass were you planning to use?
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Re: sandhead

South arm/Sandheads is complicated with river flow, tides, and wind conditions all piling up and it can create quite a mess in the 'spoil'. In a NW wind I'd expect a flooding tide to be better.

It's not always easy to predict, I'd probably hope for decent conditions and otherwise time your departure to arrive at Porlier or Active pass at their designated slack current times. Make sure you've got a tides AND currents tables and figure out how to use them.

Depending on conditions and the mindset of your crew you may need to be prepared to try another day if Sandheads happens to be 'nasty'... or maybe think about a good sailboat which would handle said conditions better!
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Re: sandhead

I am not very familiar with the south arm either, but may I suggest buying a Current Atlas and studying it.
You will be surprized at how complicated a simple high or low tides currents can be. Especially with the Frazer Rivers effect on the water levels.
It will also help with cruising around the gulf islands.
I rarely look at a tide book anymore as there is far more timely information available in the Current Atlas.
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