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I'm doing a one-week charter in early July and thinking of going to PLI from Nanaimo. I posted about this in January and had some very helpful replies, so wanted to throw it out there again now that I'm really planning.

It looks like options to overnight at PLI are the dock and Macdonald Island mooring balls, but anchoring is tricky? In early July I imagine it will start to get crowded.

I'm in a 50' so can probably make good speed motoring if necessary; sailing in the mountains is probably hit or miss.

Depending on progress I'm thinking of returning around the north side of Texada and hitting Comox on the way down. That may be ambitious.

Would appreciate any tips, suggestions, etc!
 

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Nanaimo, Pender harbour, PLI, (one night? Two?) Anderson Bay, Sturt Bay/Vananda, Comox, schooner cove, Nanaimo..... Tight week unless PLI is a one nighter. Dark Cove is another option for a stop on the way up or out.

With one week I'd probably spend a night or two at Jedidiah instead.. You shouldn't need provisioning yet so may not 'need' Comox.

Try to do Malibu on a midday slack on arrival... Nobody leaves on the evening slacks. Anchoring is possible but watch for several tumble down boulders (20+feet tall) that cover at high tide along the shore west of the falls, the only area besides the mouth of Chatterbox where anchoring is feasible.

As far as sailing goes you may get strong afternoon inflows, and overnight/early morning outflows that can make for some fun sailing. These can get into the 20 knot range at times in the reaches approaching PLI.

Hope for good weather.. It's almost a spiritual event entering PLI!
 
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Thanks, Faster. Hoped I would hear from you!

I had not noted Sturt Bay so that's an option if I go north. But if I get to PLI it probably makes sense to stay two nights and not bother with Comox.

One factor is that I take lighthouse photos and was hoping to swing by Sisters Islets and Chrome Island lights, south of Denman Island. But I might do that by detouring on a late Jedediah-Schooner Cove leg if the wind and weather are right.

I've looked up tides and the slack before flood for PLI is around 2 PM on my dates, so that should set up well.

Getting psyched for the trip!
 

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You can get Merry Island light on the way by, though generally if NW you get a nice lift up towards Texada on port tack..

Sturt is a so-so anchorage but the Texada boat club floats are welcoming and reasonable.

Anderson Bay is a gem in settled or NW conditions. In the same conditions and good wx Tribune Bay on Hornby is gorgeous if you get to Sisters.

So many options!!
 

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I'm going this way in a week. I'm doing some research today. It's about forty miles from the straight of Georgia to Malibu yes?

I'm not sure if ill go into jervis or not. How much do the currents help? Run about a knot each way?

Past dark cove about four miles in there is not stopping the rest of the way right? So I don't have the option of taking my time tackin into the wind if that's the way it's blowing that day? I pretty much have to pick my time, enter and haul ass there, and if I'm lucky the winds will be behind me and I can sail and I not motor full speed ahead?
 

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If it's a sunny day and there's wind it will be plenty and behind you. It's about 38 NM from Dark Cove to the end. There are not really any viable, but a couple of sketchy, overnight stops.. Vancouver Bay is one, and there's a small nook on the west side about 1/2 way with room for one boat maybe.. pretty dicey though if a serious overnight outflow sets up.

If you do get a following breeze, avoid the 'corners' on your way up.. large holes there near shore despite whitecaps and breeze 100 yds away.

Tacking all the way would make for a very long day.. good thing we've got lots of daylight right now!
 

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I've never noticed much current either direction in Jervis, there must be some but it's not strong. Harmony Islands are a nice anchorage if you get out of Louisa late or need to make an early slack going in. Sturt B., as Faster said is a so so anchorage if the dock is full. We've had to duck in there a couple of times because of bad weather, if it's really kicking up from the SE and Sturt is full you can go around the corner and anchor in Blubber Bay.
 

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northoceanbeach, if you're going in a week, would love it if you come back here and post how it went, since I'm going in July!
 

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Wierd, I had a post in this thread and now it's gone. It should have been the 5th post.
 

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Wierd, I had a post in this thread and now it's gone. It should have been the 5th post.
You sure?? Cooper has another Princess Louisa thread running from before. I can usually see if a post had exisited and then got deleted or modified, and there's nothing here.
 

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Faster is holding it down. My mistake, my post is in another very similar thread.
I was saying that we have never been up to PLI and we are going there in early to mid August so this info is like gold to me. Keep it coming.
 

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In July there is often a line from Agamemnon channel to Nanaimo, east of which it is predominantly South easterlies and northwest of which it is predominantly northwesterlies. Sailing directly from Nanaimo to Pender harbour would be your best bet. You can even lay most of that on a single tack, in westerlies. If there is high pressure in the interior and low offshore you will get an outflow. The reverse gets you an inflow, and a downwind sleigh ride up the channel. Night and early morning is the best time for coming down the channel; usually.
Forget the other sugested stops. You dont have enough time going up, and they can be visited later, if you still have the time.
 

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So here’s my plan:

Anchoring in Smuggler’s Cove the first night out of Nanaimo, instead of Secret Cove or Pender.
Egmont, maybe in a marina, the second night to top off before heading to PLY.
PLI the third night, maybe staying over another night.
Back to Dark Cove, or Egmont if we need supplies.
Jedediah or Anderson Bay.
Maybe Schooners Cove the final night before heading to Nanaimo early in the morning.

All subject to weather conditions, of course!

Any feedback?

Northoceanbeach, how was your trip?
 

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Who are you chartering with? Nanaimo? I was thinking of speaking to them about their 27' later this summer for a week, so I'm interested to see how you find things.
 

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North oceans trip is still under way but delayed due to DMV licence renewal at home. I was able to take care of it and it should be renewed Monday or Tuesday. I'm going to do provisioning tomorrow which I am very poor at. I go buy $50 of food, can't think of anything else, look at the cart and commend myself on a job well done, then take it back to the boat and have eaten all the good stuff in two of three days. Wish me luck tomorrow.
 

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Smuggler's Cove was awesome, we anchored there last night. For some reason it only seems to attract motor boats, but we had no problem getting in and out with a 5' draft. I never saw less than 15' under the boat, even at low tide.

We're in Pender now (not very far, but we have time) and really like it here too. We're taking a shore day at Pilot House marina which is quite, simple, and awesome (great showers, free internet, quick dinghy to Maidera).

NorthOceanBeach: I wouldn't worry so much about provisioning before crossing the border. There is a good size grocery store in Pender (at Maidera, two blocks from the dinghy docks) and we were at another 2 days ago in Naniamo. I think there is another in Lund before we get to Desolation Sound proper. We just keep a list going to try and stay well stocked. Ice has also been pretty easy to find so far, though we have enough socked away in case we can't use the cooler anymore.
 

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I have a similar diet. The IGA in Pended Harbour was better equipped than most island grocery stores for natural/organic foods.
 
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