Noob looking for advise on cruising Desolation Sound - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  

Quick Menu
Boat Reviews  
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Marine Electronics
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here

Go Back   SailNet Community > Out There > Destinations > Pacific Northwest & Alaska
 Not a Member? 

LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-01-2009
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Seattle
Posts: 73
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 6
WhatTheFoley is on a distinguished road
Noob looking for advise on cruising Desolation Sound

Hi everybody,

I'm new to the forums, but I'm looking for some advise on cruising Desolation Sound this fall. I have a 31' CAL which should be more then up for the job. But I was wondering more about what to expect as far as weather, and wind conditions as well as what a realistic itinerary would be for sailing up from the Seattle area?

I'm looking at starting off around the first week of September, and have about 15 days to work with. What is your guy's personal experiences with this area?

USCG Master 100T
S/V Priorities (79' CAL 31)
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 04-02-2009
Faster's Avatar
Just another Moderator
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
Posts: 14,669
Thanks: 68
Thanked 192 Times in 184 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Faster has a spectacular aura about Faster has a spectacular aura about Faster has a spectacular aura about
Unless you're really pouring on the miles, Seattle is a two-three day trip to Vancouver (though we've done it in 31 hours).. Putting that on each end of your two weeks won't leave you much time to explore Desolation.

September can be a great time for this.. the weather is often still summer-like, the crowds are down too. But you will not be having a relaxed cruise from Seattle and back in 15 days. We typically take 3-4 days to get to Desolation from Vancouver, and can easily spend a couple of weeks once you're there.

However if you do pour it on, and have a week to spend up there, some of our favourite spots are:

Copeland Islands Marine Park
Squirrel Cove Marine Park
Teakerne Arm, Cassell Falls and Cassell Lake
Tenedos Bay
Pendrell Sound
Rebecca Spit
Von Donop Inlet
Walsh Cove Park

Many like Prideaux Haven, Melanie Cove, and Laura Cove but we find them too crowded (but perhaps not in Sept)

In this PNW forum I've posted a few cruising threads with pictures to give you an idea.

Enjoy, but alternatively there are lots of other fine destination between Seattle and Desolation if you haven't already done them!

1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"

".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)

Last edited by Faster; 04-02-2009 at 12:06 AM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 04-13-2009
DwayneSpeer's Avatar
Old Fart
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Pasco, WA, USA
Posts: 514
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 11
DwayneSpeer is on a distinguished road
Don't forget to plan a Friday evening in the inlet on the backside of Buchart Gardens. The fireworks display is free and wonderful. But get there early as it fills up pretty fast in the high season, don't know about the late Fall.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Hey, can one of you guys pass me a crab?

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 04-13-2009
jackdale's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
Posts: 8,857
Thanks: 26
Thanked 36 Times in 33 Posts
Rep Power: 6
jackdale will become famous soon enough
For few more recommendations

On the way up;

-Jedediah Island
-Blind Bay (Musket Island or Ballet Bay)
-provision at Lund - Nancy's Bakery is a must

You can pick up additional provisions at Squirrel Cove or Refuge Cove.

Roscoe Bay is a great anchorage - enter at high tide only, go swimming in the lake at the head of the bay.

Get the Dreamspeaker Guide to Desolation Sound.

Make sure you have a stern line.


ISPA Yachtmaster Offshore Instructor Evaluator
Sail Canada Advanced Cruising Instructor
IYT Yachtmaster Coastal Instructor
ASA 201, 203, 204, 205, 206, 214
As I sail, I praise God, and care not. (Luke Foxe)
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cruising the Big Apple Sue & Larry Cruising Articles 0 09-09-2004 08:00 PM
Cruising Long Island Sound bbyrnes Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 14 08-20-2004 07:51 AM
Developing a Pre-Cruising Agreement Sue & Larry Her Sailnet Articles 0 04-07-2004 08:00 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:40 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) LLC 2000-2012

The store is owned and operated by a company independent of the forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.