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Re: cruising dinghy in currents and beach camping

Don't listen to the naysayers on here. Last summer in Prince Rupert I met two gentleman who kayaked up the coast from Vancouver independantly of each other without any problems. One was from Scotland, had zero experience in a Kayak or on the water in general. He flew into Van bought a Canadian Tire kayak, filled it with food printed some maps from Google Maps and started paddling for the inside passage. He didn't even realize that currents exisisted until I asked him about them. He made it all the way to Alaska then back down to Rupert.

The other guy was from New Zealand, basically same story except he had considerable more marine experience from being on a Monster Energy drink sponsered SeaDoo demonstration team. He didn't take any maps, got lost once, but still made it safe and sound.

As far as currents go just hit up Capital Iron. They sell the current atlas as well as the schedules you need to make it usefully and no harder to understand then reading a tide chart.

DON'T where a drysuit. If you are rowing, paddling, doing any sort of physical activitey you are going to get very sweaty and uncomfortable. Both the before mentioned people wore wetsuits and found them adequate.

You could also try a sailing kayak. I can't find it now but I have read of people doing at least portions of the NWP in those. Heck the Inuit used seal skin kayaks with great success for years up there.
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Re: cruising dinghy in currents and beach camping

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Good points for sure, and hobie 16 is easy to find used for a good price, plus the payload is larger than it is for a comparable dinghy...

I'm still concerned about the fact that you can't row it, and can't motor it. Here is the scenario I am afraid of:

mistake....

Thanks again for your helpful comments!
There are several misconceptions here.
1. Catamarans are very easy to paddle with canoe paddles and two persons on board.
2. Catamarans are easy to row with one person. It will require some modifications for installing oarlocks
3. Catamarans can be equipped with a motor. I don't know why...

Hobie 16 isn't a good choice for beach cruising. Any other model and brand with more hull's volume will be better.
It is easy to prevent turtling with the mast float. (google hobie bob)
about any beach cats will require modifications, including figuring out how to reef and strike sails down

You will need skills, and equipment, including waterproof bags, and drysuits, which are expensive.

Another option is Hobie MIrage Tandem Island trimaran, or any boat out of Hobie Mirage line of sailing kayaks
http://www.hobiecat.com/sailboats/tandem-island/
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Re: cruising dinghy in currents and beach camping

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Don't listen to the naysayers on here. Last summer in Prince Rupert I met two gentleman who kayaked up the coast from Vancouver independantly of each other without any problems. One was from Scotland, had zero experience in a Kayak or on the water in general. He flew into Van bought a Canadian Tire kayak, filled it with food printed some maps from Google Maps and started paddling for the inside passage. He didn't even realize that currents exisisted until I asked him about them. He made it all the way to Alaska then back down to Rupert.

The other guy was from New Zealand, basically same story except he had considerable more marine experience from being on a Monster Energy drink sponsered SeaDoo demonstration team. He didn't take any maps, got lost once, but still made it safe and sound.

As far as currents go just hit up Capital Iron. They sell the current atlas as well as the schedules you need to make it usefully and no harder to understand then reading a tide chart.

DON'T where a drysuit. If you are rowing, paddling, doing any sort of physical activitey you are going to get very sweaty and uncomfortable. Both the before mentioned people wore wetsuits and found them adequate.

You could also try a sailing kayak. I can't find it now but I have read of people doing at least portions of the NWP in those. Heck the Inuit used seal skin kayaks with great success for years up there.
I'm totally agree with you.You'r 100% good here that if you are rowing, swimming, doing any kind of actual activitey you are going to get very wet and unpleasant. Both the before described people used wet suits and discovered them sufficient.
I agreed what's said above!!!
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Re: cruising dinghy in currents and beach camping

Go have fun! I did the same thing as a teenager in a 12 ft clinker built cat rigged boat. (On the other coast - Northumberland Strait.) I had tons of fun and learned the joy of just being on the water.
Just remember this old sailors saying - avoid the storm you can't weather and weather the storm you can't avoid. ie Keep a sharp eye on conditions and keep track of places to find refuge, and have fun. (Wish I was young enough to sail in company with you.)
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