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Princess Louisa Inlet - lots of motoring?

Brand new here...first time post.

I'm just starting to plan a charter for next summer. Have gone twice out of Anacortes and am thinking of trying farther north, maybe Nanaimo.

Going up to Princess Louisa Inlet looks spectacular, but...I imagine most of it is motoring? Is there much opportunity for sailing up Jervis Inlet?

My previous trips covered Anacortes-Vancouver-Victoria. Both in August.
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Re: Princess Louisa Inlet - lots of motoring?

Both times we've been up that way we had a terrific sail in inflow winds as far as the last turn into the final reach. Just avoid sailing close to the 'corners', as you'll get caught in the lee of the point becalmed with whitecaps 100 yds away!

Both times we left we pretty much motored to Dark Cove, but we left really early. It's quite possible with the right weather pattern that you could ride the tail end of our typical overnight outflow winds - theoretically spinnakering in and out.

August is more likely to be calmer, and motoring both ways is not out of the question. Certainly you'll be motoring Malibu and the length of Princess Louisa itself.

If you can help it, don't plan to catch a late afternoon or evening slack.. nobody leaves then, the dock will be crowded and anchoring is tricky. There are also several uncharted boulders strewn along the shore where it is anchorable.. if the tide's up in the evening shade these are hard to spot.

Dark cove is a decent marshalling spot.. about 3-4 miles closer than Egmont. There's a shallow ledge in front of a couple of abandoned cabins. IIRC it's 35 or so miles to Malibu from there.

If you have to leave to catch an early slack, before daylight I doubt there's a darker place on earth!!
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Re: Princess Louisa Inlet - lots of motoring?

We usually have wind going both ways...directly on the nose, and having a date with slack current going in doesn't give you much spare time for tacking:-(( Faster's comments and advice is spot on.

edit: it's well worth the trip even if you never raise sail.
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Re: Princess Louisa Inlet - lots of motoring?

I have only been up once - on a Bayliner. It was rather calm when we did it.

The client I had wanted wanted to see what a strong ebb was like in Malibu Rapids. He decided after that that was not such a good idea; we departed on a turn.

We picked up one of the mooring balls at Macdonald Island. It rained overnight resulting in scores of cascades the next day. Just spectacular.
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Re: Princess Louisa Inlet - lots of motoring?

Thanks for the replies, good info. It does make me want to make PLI a priority on my next trip.
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Re: Princess Louisa Inlet - lots of motoring?

We motored both ways both times. First time we didn't see the falls because things were iced over after the rapids past the kids camp. Second time we had the dock to ourselves, again in winter and post-holed the hike up to the trapper's cabin. Good times.

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Re: Princess Louisa Inlet - lots of motoring?

Great blog, Livia, thanks for posting those links. Glad to be heading to PLI in July instead of February!

Though it's always nice to have a remote place to one's self.
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Re: Princess Louisa Inlet - lots of motoring?

We will be doing this trip in early to mid August.
It will be my first time up there too.
Doing it in February......I don't know about that. Bbbrrr!!!
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