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03-03-2011 09:32 PM
jrd22 That would be McConnell Island. Apparently the original owner of the island built a small scale railway all around the island and had a small train that he used to run on it. He gave each of his three children a 1/3 of the island and you are correct, you can see parts of the railway if you look closely.
03-03-2011 08:19 PM
blt2ski So I would probably be 4+ with one day to the SJ's, then 3 plus depending upon how fast we motor at etc, usually upper 5's to 6 or so knots. Then one had currents...........

IT could be Yellow Island. One of them near it has a small train or appeared to have a train track running around it using binocs from the west sid of crane where I was working.

Marty
03-03-2011 01:04 PM
Faster
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......Three days to Roscoe Bay if we point the nose north and don't get distracted on the way:-))
....like diversions to Anderson Bay for lunch?
03-03-2011 12:42 PM
jrd22 Marty- the island you are thinking about is Yellow Island, which is just west of McConnell, which is just west of Crane. It's a nature preserve and you can go walk around on it but there isn't much wildlife, most famous for it's carpet of yellow flowers in the spring.
Oh, and while I wish it were true that our boat goes 2-3 knots faster than you, we generally motor at around 6.25 K. Three days to Roscoe Bay if we point the nose north and don't get distracted on the way:-))
03-03-2011 09:58 AM
Bilgewater
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JRD's boat probably goes 2-3 knots faster than mine! I ave 6 under power, 6.5 is hull speed. so probably 4-5 days for me one way from Edmonds, a day south of JRD! so add at least one day that way....... a month to visit etc and get back home........

Spent a summer installing a patio plus for a client on Crane. Pretty place.

marty
Of course, not sure what I was thinking, John's boat is much fast than mine as well.

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Seaymoonglow, that is a fantastic place.

Great post

Regards

Paulo
Thanks Paulo, glad you enjoyed it.
03-03-2011 03:47 AM
PCP Seaymoonglow, that is a fantastic place.

Great post

Regards

Paulo
03-03-2011 02:05 AM
blt2ski JRD's boat probably goes 2-3 knots faster than mine! I ave 6 under power, 6.5 is hull speed. so probably 4-5 days for me one way from Edmonds, a day south of JRD! so add at least one day that way....... a month to visit etc and get back home........

Spent a summer installing a patio plus for a client on Crane. Pretty place.

marty
03-03-2011 12:40 AM
Bilgewater
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Now if I could get the roughly a month to go up that way with my little 30'r......twould be worth the stop. There is an island similar to this one east of Crane, SW of Orcas near Fishermans bay too. Not sure it is legal to walk on it tho..........

Marty
Marty...a month I think it takes JRD 3 days if I'm not mistaken. A couple of weeks would give you time to hang around Desolation Sound for a while.

Ya, I see Crane on my chart. I should get down that way again soon. I sailed to Friday Harbour back around 2004 or so, very nice place, really liked it.
03-03-2011 12:23 AM
Bilgewater
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Is there a reason why Mitlenatch is a day trip ?

Anchorage no good or is it not allowed because of the sanctuary ?
Andrew, I suppose you could stay the night but it's very exposed and it can pipe up pretty quick and sometimes pretty big. Only 3 spots that are any good and all three are exposed to the most common winds. No trees on the island of any substantial height, just stunted fir so any wind will whistle right over the island and get you. It's really only a day trip unless very settled weather.
[edit] Oh ya, and the holding is iffy. The bay on the east side is very small, shallow, tricky and should really only be used in calm conditions.

[Edit] There are so many real good anchorages and little hidey holes real close to each other up and down this coast with such few boats, it's not really not worth staying here.


03-02-2011 11:29 PM
blt2ski Now if I could get the roughly a month to go up that way with my little 30'r......twould be worth the stop. There is an island similar to this one east of Crane, SW of Orcas near Fishermans bay too. Not sure it is legal to walk on it tho..........

Marty
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