SailNet Community - Reply to Topic

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > Out There > Destinations > Pacific Northwest & Alaska > Johnstone Strait - going North in spring?
 Not a Member? 


Thread: Johnstone Strait - going North in spring? Reply to Thread
Title:
  

By choosing to post the reply below you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Message:
Trackback:
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below


Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below


Topic Review (Newest First)
03-31-2013 11:17 PM
jackdale
Re: Johnstone Strait - going North in spring?

AB the gods were with you.

I presume you toasted Poseidon.
03-31-2013 08:45 PM
ArgleBargle
Epilogue

thought i would post an epilogue to my original post.

well, it was a completely uneventful trip north at the end of march. Campbell river through seymour narrows at low water slack, slopped at Otter Cove on VI side a few miles north of seymour narrows to wait out the flood, then continued on to Helmcken Is where we anchored in a lovely cove with sea lions for the night.

next day finished the Johnstone Strait portion and anchored at Hanson Is. in Spout Bay.

we had relatively little wind at all for most of the trip. it was 20-25 kts from the NW at Fanny Is for only a couple of hours as we approached Helmcken Is, but despite having spring tides with a sizable west setting current opposing the wind, there was next to no chop. perhaps it didnt have long enough to build.

anyway, overall it was completely uneventful & quite pleasant. weather was great. we did not see a single other sailboat and only a few sport fishing boats plus the usual commercial traffic.

after seeing what's already been posted, i may come back with questions about the next legs down the outside of vancouver island.

thanks again for the input

cheers
03-22-2013 12:13 PM
ArgleBargle
Re: Johnstone Strait - going North in spring?

Hi.

thanks for all of the excellent responses.

just to reiterate, i was sort of trying to compare going directly north via discovery/johnstone/broughton straits in the spring when the weather is worse but their are more southerlies vs. indirect more eastern route via dent etc. in the summer, when weather is better, but big westerlies.

Loriprov, sounds like you have the same plan.

i think we'll try to make it direct via johnstone in the spring as planned, and if that doesnt work b/c weather we'll use our first week in the summer to do the indirect route.

thanks again

cheers!!
03-20-2013 03:47 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Johnstone Strait - going North in spring?

Okisollo is much easier. less traffic and more places to stop,
03-20-2013 12:37 AM
Capt Len
Re: Johnstone Strait - going North in spring?

Yulctas has my vote for easy transit. Johnston S requires early starts fore the westerlies kick in or better, find a sou'easter and push on.I like to dive in the Polkinghorns and cut across to Van I to Roller Bay.(Nawitty) again for the diving.
03-20-2013 12:33 AM
jackdale
Re: Johnstone Strait - going North in spring?

I am a big fan of Wellbore Channel. Whirlpool Rapids is not as bad as it sounds.

Preferred route = Yucaltas > Blind Channel > Greene Point on a turn > Wellbore > Sunderland. Monitor Fanny Island weather. By pass Current and Race.
03-19-2013 11:00 PM
Loriprov
Re: Johnstone Strait - going North in spring?

Thank you John. We have been there twice and had flat calm once and misread the current in race passage on the return. Not the washing machine you describe, but not that nice either. Our plan B is to once again meander through either the Yucultas or the Upper and Lower Rapids, depending on where fair weather is. I know we are planning on travel a bit earlier than most, but if it is bad enough, a few good books and a well set anchor are not amiss either!

LoriProv
03-19-2013 08:50 PM
jrd22
Re: Johnstone Strait - going North in spring?

My only experience on Johnstone St was in a 53' heavy alaskan fishing boat. No wind at Seymour, calm as we turned the corner towards Kelsey, we soon saw a wind line approaching. In about one minute we had 40 knots slamming into us and the strong ebb we were riding and in no time we were bashing into 10'+ vertical walls of water (at that point the engine went to idle and the transmission went into neutral and we turned broadside to the waves... but that's another story). Anyway, it can get dicey in JS in a hurry.
03-19-2013 01:57 PM
dabnis
Re: Johnstone Strait - going North in spring?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Loriprov View Post
We have gone through the Yucultas and the Upper Rapids and were planning a Seymour Narrows transit this spring - unless we have to move to Plan B, of course! It will be a bit early so we will expect to wait in Campbell River for a good weather window and leave early, as we are accustomed to.

This year the goal is to go North of Cape Caution to Klemtu, and return via the Broughtons. Of course, every day will determine what happens next, no matter the plan. Any one with experience inside Draney Inlet, or all the way to Bella Coola, we would be grateful for thoughts.

Thanks!
If you are referring to the Draney Inlet that empties into Rivers Inlet, yes.
When the tide is ebbing it is like someone flushed a GIANT toilet. The flow can extend way out into Rivers Inlet. I have not been up into the inside of Draneys but right at its mouth it can be quite severe on a big ebb.

Paul T
03-19-2013 02:42 AM
Loriprov
Re: Johnstone Strait - going North in spring?

We have gone through the Yucultas and the Upper Rapids and were planning a Seymour Narrows transit this spring - unless we have to move to Plan B, of course! It will be a bit early so we will expect to wait in Campbell River for a good weather window and leave early, as we are accustomed to.

This year the goal is to go North of Cape Caution to Klemtu, and return via the Broughtons. Of course, every day will determine what happens next, no matter the plan. Any one with experience inside Draney Inlet, or all the way to Bella Coola, we would be grateful for thoughts.

Thanks!
This thread has more than 10 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:56 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.