Originally Posted by Faster
Did you get out this past weekend? Saturday and Sunday looked pretty nice and I was not a happy camper being stuck on the beach.
Yesterday I didn't feel so bad...
Anyway just thought I'd check in and ask how things went. Quite windy overnight last night, but don't think it got up too much before dark.
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We did get out and it was great. Saturday was quite nice and there was a comfortable amount of wind. We ended up staying Halkett Bay the whole time. It was very calm and protected (hope to have pictures up soon). We let the older boys explore in the Dinghy and they loved it.
There were 6 other sailboats there, 3 rafted together with a powerboat (lots of kids). That was a decent number so it didn't feel too crowded. It seems like it could get quite busy in the summer. It seems to me that you'd want to get there mid-week or Friday in the summer time to get a good spot.
Yesterday wasn't so nice but I put on my wet weather gear and we just motored home (6 hours with our little 15hp merc including stopping for gas a couple times). Everyone else pretty much stayed below, played cards and red books most of the time. All in all we managed rather well.
- Don't forget to bring a spare propane tank. We're still using our coleman stove and ran out of gas heading dishwater the first night. We were tempted to head over to HS bay or Gibsons to resupply but elected to have a cold dinner and more time to enjoy our spot.
- Bring more extra food. We had to dig into day 3's food on day 2 since we couldn't cook dinner.
- Buy an up to date cruising book for this area. The sailing directions said that Sung Cove had gas, it just wasn't clear that this was not for boats. HS bay is where you need to go. This made for a few tense moments when we realized that we were down to an hour of fuel and the place we thought we could get more didn't have any.
- Could still use some improvements to our wet weather gear. We all need rubber boots. I have neoprene paddling boots but you still get cold. The kids have outgrown their rain boots from last season so it's time to go shopping. The older boy needs a new rain jacket as he lost his waterproof one this summer.
- Don't use the cell phone in the rain. They don't like water. This one really hurts as it's a new phone on a new plan so it looks like I'll have to pay the full replacement cost
All in all it was a great trip and I'd be happy to do it again.