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Re: San Juans; advice & suggestions

For San Juan currents get a copy of the Current Atlas produced by the Canadian Hydrographic Service and either Murray's Tables or Washbourne's Tables.
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Oh, what are these tides and currents you all speak of, the only tide I see around here is when they empty the lakes for the winters and the only current is white rafting in a rubber round boat, should be fun.
Same thing here, only someone pulls the plug out in the ocean twice a day and then fills it back up twice a day. The water sloshes out then back in again. Whoever pulls the plug follows a schedule and then makes a lot of money by selling it. Wish I had thought of that.
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Re: San Juans; advice & suggestions

Just launched this weekend in Payette Lake for the summer, I did get the mast up by myself, yea. Had a sail Saturday not bad, just getting the kinks out.

I do have a question: Do I need a US flag on the stern? On our lake it is obvious where one might be from. I was thinking up there the boarder is dang close, is it "the law" or "the proper equipment".

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A flag isn't required.
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Re: San Juans; advice & suggestions

I have to second the suggestion to either purchase or borrow a copy of the Canadian Hydrographic Service Current Atlas along with tables for the current year. Currents can move anywhere from 1-5 kt at times. If you can plan some of your transits to take advandage of current, you will be a happy sailor. Some of the currents (Cattle Pass) can be downright dangerous due to current rips.

Roche (for me) is not one of my favorites. Setting is beautiful but they think very highly of themselves and the (mini)mega-motor yacht loud crappy wedding music party scene is not my cup o rum.

Deer harbor on Orcas is one of my favorites. Mud bottom for good anchoring. Crabbing is good and I think the season in the SJ's runs through Sept 15.

Garrison Bay is well protected with nice anchoring depths.

Also, don't rule out Candada. the Gulf Islands have a more bohemian vibe than the SJ's

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Re: San Juans; advice & suggestions

If you do come to Canada, you will need both a a US flag (1" for every foot LOA)on the stern or the leech of the aft most sail and a Canadian flag (.5" for every foot LOA) to fly from the starboard spreader after clearing customs and immigration.
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Do they have flag police in Canada? I hadn't heard before that flags were required.
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Do they have flag police in Canada? I hadn't heard before that flags were required.
It is etiquette at the very least. The courtesy flag is a requirement, I believe.
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Re: San Juans; advice & suggestions

Should be, often isn't. If you expect courtesy, show it.If you are an alien vessel anywhere, this helps. Port spreader is for the Q (all yellow) until you've cleared customs.
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Re: San Juans; advice & suggestions

Hey thanks all, I am not planning on going to the "top hat of America" on this trip. As, I have yet to get a passport.

I think a proper boat should have a flag, so I will put one up. Just a basic question, as being so close to the boarder.

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