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Old 07-03-2013
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Island hopping charter for young family -recommendations req'd

Spurred on by Cooper's thread about hitting PLI for his summer charter, I thought I'd ask for suggestions for a first time cruise for a family of newbies, using a 30' or smaller craft from Nanaimo. It's probably not going to happen, but here are the parameters worth considering in any case....

Experienced Dad, total newbie Mom plus 7 and 3 yr old monsters, chartering a 27-30' boat for the week in late August. Passages would have to be simple, sedate and with something at the end for the kids - exploring, beachcombing, swimming, fishing: that sort of thing. We're not worried about marinas and things, being tight-fisted buggers and would prefer to go feral and camp out, so to speak.

We'd have to ensure nothing too taxing and something that would ease the family into the whole idea that sailing is a fun, family thing, rather than something Dad forces us to do every year.

I thought that heading south to island hop would be good, as it offered multiple anchorages and places to go, although heading to Texada and Sechelt looks tempting, despite a likely 5hr passage - probably not a good idea regarding my earlier statement re taxing.

Anyhow, I open it to the floor to find out what people can recommend, and what their experiences with young families have been.

Thanks!
Damian
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Re: Island hopping charter for young family -recommendations req'd

How hard would it be for you to do the Sunshine Coast instead? I'm reading up on it on it sounds great. You say you're in mainland bc. It would save you having to cross the strait.
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Re: Island hopping charter for young family -recommendations req'd

Not so easy - I can't find a small (30' or less) sailboat to charter on the mainland.
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Re: Island hopping charter for young family -recommendations req'd

I don't know where you will find a 27 ft boat for charter.
If you find one in Naniamo a suggested itinery.
1 Newcastle Island, putter about get to know the boat its a great stop for the kids. or just
head on down through Dodds.
Pyrates Cove kids will love it. narow entrance but lovel anchorage
Wallace Island great stop sheltered anchorage
Montegue Harbour cheep mooring buoy or anchorage, the bakery boat is a real favorite with my kids Thursday to Monday
Russell Island is a nice anchorage long haul back though
retrace your way up Trincomalee to Thetis anchor or marina from there Dodds and Naniamo are no far
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Re: Island hopping charter for young family -recommendations req'd

Man if you could only make it up to the Midwest. The Apostle island chain on the Great Lakes was where my family took me for my first ever charter.

Plenty of islands to explore.

My first charter was on The Blue Fin right around 30ft which is the standard over there.
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Re: Island hopping charter for young family -recommendations req'd

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I don't know where you will find a 27 ft boat for charter.
Thanks for the tips.

FYI, Nanaimo Yacht Charters have a Catalina 27 (booked out all summer!) and 2 30s. Smallest boats I've seen around here for charter - nothing fancy, but that's fine by me.
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