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|07-25-2012 12:56 AM|
Re: North to the Broughtons
Originally Posted by jrd22 View Post
|11-06-2011 11:02 PM|
|Chris King||I spent the summer of 2006 in the PNW with my family. Some of our best memories are of Kwatsi Bay in the Broughtons mainly because of the people we met there. Check it out: Kwatsi Bay Homepage.|
|10-19-2011 04:54 PM|
Nice to be here. I second your thoughts on Seymour Narrows, Discovery Passage and Johnstone Strait, if you're looking to get north in good time that's my route. We usually go up in August and you can get through Seymour in the evening, we hook up in a nook in the NW corner of Deepwater Bay (last couple of years there has been fishfarm floats stored there you can tie up to) then get an early start and ride the ebb as far as you can. As was said before, watch Race Passage, if its too nasty you can bail out up Chancellor Channel then Wellbore Channel.
The Broughtons are one of my favourite places, once you get north of Johnstone the amount of marinelife jumps up dramatically. Can't wait for next year!
|10-19-2011 04:21 PM|
Originally Posted by sthorout View Post
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|10-19-2011 04:08 PM|
I would add another stop if you have the time and the weather allows. York Island, just off the NW tip of Hardwicke Island, north of Kelsey Bay, has a facinating WWII gun fort on top of the island. You can anchor near the old jetty on the SE side (watch the current if you can't get in close) or in a bight on the west side if conditions allow. Not a great overnight spot but a really cool lunch or "stretch your legs" place.
|10-19-2011 03:45 PM|
Another destination on the way north to consider is the Mound Island Anchorage (Latitude: 50°35.327'N Longitude: 126°38.939'W). Good holding, well protected and nice scenery.
|10-19-2011 02:55 PM|
|3Kioni||Valuable information for next year's destination, and a good supplement to the Sailing Directions. Thanks.|
|09-04-2011 12:04 AM|
hello there, just a little on Kelsey bay and the westerleys that occur there. carefull consideration to weather should be taken. on the ebb a nasty sea develops. against the westerly. my work as a tugboat master took me through this area alot. i made a short video of an afternoon westerly there. this came up in about an hour. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3agA_...el_video_title hope it's ok to post this link. regards to all.
|06-25-2011 03:08 PM|
Good work Jack and thanks.
I just want to add a few of my own observations. Although I completely agree with you Jack, there are ways to get through Beazley and the upper rapids in one shot in some circumstances but it all depends on the strength of both the ebb and flood. I do it quite often but you need to carefully watch the current tables. This is based on a vessel that can make 5+ kts...If you can make way using the back-eddies up to and through the Dent rapids against a flood 15 minutes to a half hour or so ahead of the turn to ebb you will generally make the lower rapids on a bit of an ebb. After making your way through the lower rapids on an ebb and if it feels a bit uncomfortable, you can make your way around the top of Okis Island and avoid much of the current associated with the upper rapids and if need be you can duck into Barnes Bay and wait it out a bit. But be aware that Barnes Bay can have some pretty substantial currents of it's own but the holding is quite good and the Ling Cod fishing is awesome. I definitely wouldn't do this during any big tides.
Seymour Narrows...I like using Seymour Narrows because for me, it's a direct and fast route but Johnstone Strait can get a little nasty at times, particularly just south of Kelsey Bay. But you'll get an indication of what's coming up at Chatham Point and again at Ripple Point. It's usually pretty good in the summer but in any case you can always anticipate problems and duck out at numerous spots. I generally leave Campbell River/Cape Mudge one hour or so before the turn to ebb and on a good strong ebb I will get a real good push all the way up to Kelsey Bay. Monitor traffic on channel 71 because you will inevitably find yourself amongst quite a bit of commercial traffic going both North and South through the narrows at the turn.
The Broughton's are what I think are some of the best cruising grounds around with few boats and good weather at this time of year.
|06-22-2011 01:38 AM|
|jrd22||Good write up Jack, thanks. We concur about Lagoon Cove for 1700 potluck. Billy Proctors museum near Echo Bay is worth a visit while in the area too.|
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