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Desolation Sound: Warm water and some very quiet anchorages (some not so quiet)
Especially when the Squamish crowd invades Roscoe?

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Re: What's the difference? Help route planning.

I think you guys have a difference of opinion than I do on what you consider crowded an noisy. Only on Memorial Day in sucia did I not like the crowds but I expected that. To consider the San Juan's crowded, you must not like a single boat when you anchor.
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I think you guys have a difference of opinion than I do on what you consider crowded an noisy. Only on Memorial Day in sucia did I not like the crowds but I expected that. To consider the San Juan's crowded, you must not like a single boat when you anchor.
Don't forget that up to now you've really been cruising 'off season'.. with schools letting out all these places get busier - except the San Juans, perhaps, since all the Americans are in BC by then!
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Re: What's the difference? Help route planning.

Skip Vancouver. Victoria harbor was far more interesting.
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Too much info can take the adventure out of any activity. One must have the limited cerebral qualities of a power boater to buck the tide but the unknowness of the horizon ahead is the magic. Ohmmmmmmmm!
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I have heard I can't anchor in Victoria. And the rent is $50 a night. Ill take vancouver for free. Plus, it seems like Vic is playing too much on the "we're British thing" with fake busses and stuff. Vancouver is a true Canadian city. Last time I was there I thought it was the third best city in the two countries.
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Re: What's the difference? Help route planning.

Can I borrow this thread for a related question?

How important is it to have a holding tank that I can dump overboard? When I redid my head plumbing I removed the 3-way valve and macerator to simplify the system (I still have them).

Another cruiser told me that finding pump outs is nearly impossible in BC and that I'll need it. Honestly it disgusts me to think about pumping out my sewage, but I guess I could do it in the middle of Georgia Strait. Our boat has a 20 gallon holding tank, which doesn't last for too long.

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We use the pump-out station at Nanaimo. I've never had to wait to use it. We've tried to use the pump out at Lund, but it's typically blocked by moored boats. When we bought the boat, I found a hidden switch up forward. When I asked the owner what the switch was for, she called it a "Canada switch". When she saw the puzzled look on my face, she explained further it was for pumping the tank over board while cruising in Canada. In our experience, it's still a current descriptor for the switch. It's very difficult to cruise B.C. without the ability to pump overboard. Just don't do it in the anchorages.

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Re: What's the difference? Help route planning.

I do think that cruising parts of BC without the ability to discharge overboard when appropriate will be a bit problematic. We are allowed to discharge if (but don't quote me) we're 3 miles from any shore and/or in open/flowing water.

Pumpouts at Lund and Refuge will be busy.. and those are probably the only ones you'll find near Desolation Sound. Comox has one that they try to keep clear and accessible.

A bit of 'good news' is that most marine parks provide shore facilities and for the most part they are pretty well looked after, however they are pit toilets as a rule. We make efforts to use them vs using the head whenever possible.

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Re: What's the difference? Help route planning.

I don't mind using shore facilities and pit toilets are fine. The onboard head will still likely get some use though.

I guess tomorrow's project will be adding the discharge option back. Good thing I didn't glass over the through hull.

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