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01-28-2003 03:09 PM
British Columbia

I have sailed in that area for many (20) years. Sidney is a good place to start from. I don''t know anything about charter companies anymore, but if there are any there then I suggest looking into it. You can cruise up to Nanaimo (thru Dodd narrows) which can be fun, and go back up into Buchart gardens area and all of it is less than a day sail away from anyplace else. So, if you only have a week, then go for it. You will want to come back for a longer trip. The west side of Vancouver Is. : you''ll need a couple of weeks. Also see what is available out of Victoria, BC. you then have the option of Can. or WA state islands. Plus don''t overlook the Dungeness crab. If you''re there during season.
01-24-2003 07:42 PM
British Columbia

One other thing to consider is to circumnavigate Saltspring Island. I did it in a week with my young family two years ago. ( it was my daughters'' first sailing experience (at the time 5 and 7) and they had an absolute blast.
We reserved marinas for most of the evenings, tied up to a mooring ball once or twice, and made sure the kids were on the beach at three pm at the latest. It was relaxing, beautiful and altogether a fantastic experience. We started in Sidney and the first marina on Saltspring can be reached in a few very short hours. Saltspring is also the most "developed" Island with an eclectic and "artsy" population and small towns, which your wife will enjoy.

Just another thought...

Magnus Murphy
01-23-2003 01:00 PM
British Columbia

With only one week and an "iffy" crew, you might be better off using your car and the ferry system to explore B.C. waters. Anacortes to Victoria, Gulf Island ferry routes from Sidney to Saltspring or others. Back on Vancouver Island, drive up to Courtney/Comox thence across to Powell River and down the Sunshine Coast to Vancouver. You''ll get some "sea/see-time" and lots of time to explore. And your US$ vs CA$ exchange rate is very much in your favour. Good Luck. Cheers, Richard.
01-22-2003 03:13 PM
British Columbia

You can really enjoy the CAN gulf islands in only one week, using Sidney or Bosun''s Charters nearby. Swimmable water and gorgeous scenery.
01-22-2003 02:04 AM
British Columbia

The latest National Geographic has a story on the rainforest on the west coast of Vancouver. Reminds me why I want to visit--a trip through the Olympic Peninsula a couple years ago. Just spectacular. Maybe kayaking and canoeing is really the way to go there. Anyone ever taken the inland passage ferry? The charter boats look great, but with just one week, I have to think of other ways my family will agree to spend time on the water!
01-20-2003 12:57 PM
British Columbia


Just saw your article on SAILNET on the first cruise on "Patience". Enjoyed it!! You won''t have to worry about those conditions in BC.

I always go looking for such adventures, and, like you, suck friends into the fray, and, say I will put another chapter in the book...but you actually write the book!!

01-19-2003 07:25 PM
British Columbia


With that short of time frame mmurphy is correct in steering you to the Gulf Is. The time needed to get to the port of departure is a factor. Some may involve float planes or ferry trips that can easily soak up 6 to 8 hours each way from the Vancouver or Seatac airports. And the JetBlue flight will be at least 5 hours!! <g>

I second Sydney, but also look stateside at Anacortes or Bellingham. Take a look at the online editions of 48 North ( for a listing of charter operations on both sides of the border.

I am a commuter sailor with my favorite months being September to November.
01-18-2003 12:31 PM
British Columbia

You really only have one option, given your situation. I''d say that is to stay well within the Gulf Islands.

I''d suggest you start from Sidney. Check out the fleet of Island Cruising

M. Murphy
01-18-2003 04:06 AM
British Columbia

Thanks for all the comments on charter companies. We aren''t sure yet of our plans. We''ll only have one week, and it will be with my wife and stepdaughter who aren''t as crazy about sailing as I am, so I''m not sure a charter for several days will work. May just want to be able to take a boat out for day sails here and there. Although if a 25-30 foot charter with two staterooms was available, that might change their minds.
01-17-2003 04:52 PM
British Columbia

Where do you want to cruise in British Columbia? It makes a BIG difference in your selection of charter companies.
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