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try this on for local knowledge...

http://www.saltspringsailing.ca/crui...d_van_isle.pdf

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try this on for local knowledge...

http://www.saltspringsailing.ca/crui...d_van_isle.pdf

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Now THAT's a good read... nice find, Tom...
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Bilge & Tom- great info. Thanks!.

Looks like there are some good times to cross the bar in the early morning the first week of Aug. next year.
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Bilge & Tom- great info. Thanks!.

Looks like there are some good times to cross the bar in the early morning the first week of Aug. next year.
... um.. John? Do I detect the beginnings of a plan?????
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Tom, this is a real good find, thanks. The fuel stops are not correct anymore but other than that, it's very good.

Could you please post this link in Fuzzy's thread here so we can centralize this stuff:
PNW - Cruising Guides.

Thanks, Steve
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Great info!

My husband forwarded this thread to me. What a great collection of information. We are based in Sidney, BC right now and have been up as far as Nanaimo/Princess Louisa/Vancouver and around the W up to Ucluelet but not further North on either side.

I'm definitely coming back to this thread in May and I've downloaded that great .pdf

We have used the Dreamspeaker Guides for the W Coast and for the Gulf/San Juan Islands. We are able to get them from the local library and we have accumulated a few as gifts as well. Although they warn you against it, the drawings of the anchorages are often better to use once you are inside the bay/cove than our electronic or paper charts.

We are cutting the docklines for a permanent cruise this June and plan to spend our first year or so playing around "here" including the W Coast of Van Isle, Queen Charlottes, Puget Sound etc.

We encountered quite thick fog during a few day trip this past August up to 20 miles offshore SW and W of Bamfield. Could have been a fluke but we were very glad to have radar, in the fog, in the shipping lanes, at night... We also had our reflector hoisted (don't have a permanent mount yet).
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This forum: http://www.sailnet.com/forums/pacific-northwest-alaska/ is one you may want to look through if you haven't already.... help you prep for next season!
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Hot springs cove shouldn't be missed.

Bypass Hot Springs Cove, it was a huge disappointment to us. Truly a tourist trap with many boat loads coming in during the day and the spring is pitifully small and two small pools just big enough for two or three people at a time.

Skip it!!
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Bypass Hot Springs Cove, it was a huge disappointment to us. Truly a tourist trap with many boat loads coming in during the day and the spring is pitifully small and two small pools just big enough for two or three people at a time.

Skip it!!
I try to come into Hot Springs around sunrise and get to the springs before the tourists. Or I wait until they are gone about 4:30.
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the saltspring island club is truely a great club. very down to earth. if you get a chance to stop by there on your way, do so. ganges is a great resupply place, beautiful to boot.

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