I'm looking to do a single-handed sail from my home port of Point Roberts up to West Vancouver next Tuesday or Wednesday in preparation for taking some guests sailing around the Vancouver area. I figure West Van is ideal for transient moorage, due to quick access to southern Howe Sound for a short day sail and the northern Gulf Islands for an overnight sail, and also due to reciprocals. Also I will get to try out my Nexus card for the first time
I've only been this way once before, about a year ago, and it was pretty much seat-of-your-pants sailing. No plan, just went for it. Worked out, but I enjoy the planning part more nowadays
My plan would be to get out just before dawn (low slack) and arrive in time for the evening high slack. I don't have charts for the area at home at the moment (they're on the boat), aside from some medium-scale photocopies with poor coverage :P I do have a Current Atlas, however.
So I'm looking for advice from folks, specifically about the sail into the West Vancouver area, the harbors and marinas there, etc. For example, I hear the waters off Point Atkinson can be nasty.... best to traverse at slack? If I can choose slack or daylight for the approach, but not both, what's my best bet? What are some good failsafe points in case I don't make / can't see / can't get into a marina? My main restrictions are (a) I'll be sailing solo, and (b) motor is a 10 hp outboard, so would rather not be fighting currents if I can avoid it.
Thanks in advice for comments! Hopefully I'll have some good photos to share next week (along with photos of some recent repairs!).