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Re: Ladysmith-> Salmon Inlet
Dodds narrows is deep and straight, but very narrow and usually has quite a bit of traffic at slack in both directions including tugs, barges and other tows. I would transit as close to slack time as you can esp Northbound. The pass is known for eddies and debris being thrown around at times. It's short and only takes 5 mins or so at or near slack. Keep an eye (and an ear on Ch16) for oncoming traffic when you decide to transit. If you're early you can ride a bit of a backeddy up the Mudge shore, but watch for kelp and swirls. Mid week and pre summer traffic should be a bit less.
That's quite a big chunk (Ladysmith to Buccanneer bay) and if there's a westerly blowing you don't really want to stay at Thormanby anyway.. Secret Cove, Smuggler cove are better overnight spots and are right there too. Thormanby is an awkward anchorage with a steep beach and a deep dropoff.
If you're really heading for Salmon inlet/Sechelt, then the Sechelt (Skookumchuck) rapids are a much bigger deal than Dodds, and I'd really want to hit that at slack.
If you're traveling at Tanzer speeds that will affect your passages too.. We'll run Porlier late and with the current but not many other passes unless there's no other option.
If you're not in a special hurry, I'd probably do Ladysmith to Schooner Cove on the Island, cross over to Pender harbour or Green Bay and carry on... or Ladysmith across to Gibsons (via Gabriola) and then up the Sunshine coast as a less preferred option. In a Westerly you can often ride a lifted tack Nanaimo to the bottom of Texada so that's another, more direct option and Anderson Bay is a very nice overnight spot then.
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Last edited by Faster; 04-06-2016 at 01:47 AM.