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05-16-2013 01:52 PM
Re: My last little bit of planning

Sailing is when I first started wearing sunglasses. I used to hate them but realized with the water reflecting I would otherwise destroy my eyes. And yes polarized. Two pair. Has.
05-15-2013 02:18 PM
Capt Len
Re: My last little bit of planning

Nobody has mentioned sunglasses. Really important in preventing cataracts.Quality counts more than price. I like polarized and still have a few years before the operations.
05-15-2013 11:28 AM
Alex W
Re: My last little bit of planning

What are you doing for phone/internet on your trip?

I was looking into Canadian GSM pre-pay cards and am not finding the deals that I was hoping for. In the US it isn't hard to find unlimited internet for under $50/mo (and usually more like $30/mo), but in BC the best that I'm finding is 1gb for $60/mo.

I don't need the internet every day. Do most marinas have coverage?
05-15-2013 12:32 AM
Re: My last little bit of planning

Thanks. I actually did a great job of prep, and I'm not one to stroke my own ego.
05-14-2013 01:43 AM
Re: My last little bit of planning

Personaly I would like 2 reefs for my main.
your standard 6 gal fuel tank should be pleanty of gas. I would recomend a small 1gallon reserve tank. it will fit in cockpit locker. and is easy to carry up road to gas stations.
Worked for me on a C&C 24 with honda 10hp.
I don't like boat water. a store bought water bottle is nice. refillable at potable water taps and can be taken ashore in dingy.
I found the square one with spigot worked well.
A stainless gas barbeque is a must have. you will use far more than stove.
If you are going north.
Canadian tide and current atlas and tide tables.
There is also a Gulf Island, Desolation Sound, Crusing Charts
Chart Atlas saves a lot of space but not cheep.
Good pair of Bino's I like 10 x 50 most use 7 x 50.
HBC compas. plotter or P rule or triangles. pencil and drawing comp.
Digital Camera.
05-06-2013 01:01 AM
Re: My last little bit of planning

Thanks. I've been backing down. Maybe 1/3-1/2 throttle in reverse for 30 seconds and looking to see if I move. So far so good. I have been picking anchorages the books say have good bottoms.

Fun stuff. Sunburned the s out of my face though. Forgot about that.

Some 15-25 mph southwesterlies coming Monday night into Tuesday so hopefully that can zip me northwest fast.
05-05-2013 07:09 PM
Alex W
Re: My last little bit of planning

There are pretty good big grocery stores on both Lopez and San Juan, in both cases it is about a 20ish minute walk from the marinas.

Anchor in the same direction as the rest of the boats. There might not be much current or wind, but there will be some. Don't forget to back down (either under sail or motor) to set the anchor.
05-05-2013 01:28 PM
Re: My last little bit of planning

I will. I'm heading to Friday harbor today. I didn't get hardly any food. It's alway hard to decide what to bring on "camping" type trips.

The solar panel is charging. I think it will take some time to get the battery topped off. My circuit panel has a control box with a switch for battery test. It's yellow on the bottom half and almost but not quite at the top of the yellow there is a bar. Then the top half is green. Where would a fully topped battery fall. So far it's always between the yellow bar and just touching the green. After sitting on the bar and charging for five hours it hit the green. Then I charged mt phone and now it is halfway between green and bar.

Second question thy has come up. I know I've talked about anchoring before but now that j am doing it. I thought I would have obvious wind or current. Point into that and then back down on the anchor, but the bays(fishermans) are so protected that I just float. Which way to set the anchor?

I sailed from harbor to harbor getting to Lopez. That made me happy. I want to 'sail' as much ad possible. It took 9 hours to mackaye harbor from port Townsend and 33.97 miles with the tacking. Glad I didn't leave later in the day because everyone told me five hours max. I think they motor more.
05-05-2013 11:02 AM
Alex W
Re: My last little bit of planning

Originally Posted by northoceanbeach View Post
I left this morning. I'm passing smith island off whidbey. Haven't had to use the motor yet. Tacking some. Trip odometer is 16.53. Avg. 4.3
Great weekend to get started! I was staying up at Fort Ebey on Whidbey this weekend, looking over towards both Port Townsend and Smith Island and thinking how nice of a weekend it would be on the water. Have a great trip.

Do enjoy the San Juans before you push into Canada. There are tons of wonderful spots in there. Lopez is my favorite "big" island, Stuart and Sucia are my favorite small ones (both have nice walks/hiking).
05-03-2013 04:09 PM
Re: My last little bit of planning

Originally Posted by Brent Swain View Post
You don't need bike clothes to ride a bike. I bike all the time and have never owned "Bike clothes."
In Philadelphia you don't need any clothes to ride a bike:

Welcome to the Philly Naked Bike Ride

I would have posted a video but it's probably NSFW.
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