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Old 04-05-2006, 12:28 AM
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I am thinking about taking my 20 foot Whaler up to Princess Louisa this summer. I would be leaving from Anacortes. Does anyone know the approximate distance of this trip, and about how long I should plan on being gone? The boat will cruise at 35-40 mph, so long as the weather is fairly good. Thanks for any help.

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Old 04-05-2006, 01:00 AM
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Not bashing here but, if you aren't familiar enough with the charts to be able to calculate the distance, HOWINELL do you plan to find it?
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Old 04-05-2006, 02:18 AM
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We've been up there a few times. If memory serves me it's about 40 miles out of Pender harbor. There's no fuel or camping areas up there just Malibu, Chatterbox falls, and a crowded dock.... There's also a few mooring buoys about a mile away from the falls..... A better trip for a small boat is desolation sound.... You can tow to Lund and then it just a few miles into desolation, there's is camping there and the water temp is 80+ degrees in the summer....
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Old 04-05-2006, 11:07 PM
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I have calculated the distance on the charts to be about 151 nautical miles. However, in my experience the distances on the charts are not 100% accurate because one cannot always steer a straight course (no autopilot on my boat) and there are often side trips that I like to do. Also, just out of Nanaimo there is a marking on the chart that says "torpedo area, do not enter". I don't know how big this area is, and how many extra miles I would have to go around it. Finadict, thanks for the advice. I have cruised parts of Desolation sound on a friends sailboat several years back, and it is indeed a beautiful spot. Nonetheless, there is somthing special about getting to the infamous Princess Louisa Inlet that makes it a big draw. Plus, it looks like the 40 miles or so from Egmont to Chatterbox falls is very protected and should go by quickly. Thanks for the advice guys, and keep it coming.
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If your hearts set on departing from Anacortes. The most protected route is to clear customs at Bedwell then head north to Silva bay. If Whiskey Golf is active stay close to the shoreline and head North to Nanoose this will take you to the north end of the range and you can cross the straits of georgia. A word about crossing the straits, the wind direction is normally out of the south this puts it on your beam for over 20 miles I have a much larger boat and have had to lay up in Silva Bay for 3 days waiting for the wind to calm down.... This is big open water be sure you check the weather before you go. You should be able to fuel in garden bay prior to the run up princess louisa, by the way it's about 150 nautical miles from friday harbor to malibu.

I do think that princess louisa is one of the prettiest places on the southern BC mainland...

Also you can take a ferry to the sechelt pennisula and launch at either Pender harbor or Powell river good luck
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finadict,
Thanks for the reply. The weather is a serious concern for me. I have a house on Decatur Island, so I will probably go from there. That way I will be able to assess the weather and if it looks good leave immediatly. I was thinking of going from Anacortes or Decatur to Nanaimo, clearing customs and fueling, and heading across the Straight of Georgia to Egmont and continuing to Princess Louisa. Your route is pretty similar. Fuel shouldnt be too much of a concern since I have about a 250nm range, but it is better to have too much rather than too little. Finally, if the weather is good is it too much to go one way in a day? The farthest I have ever gone in one day is Mercer Island to Roche Harbor which took about 6 hours, including the slow zone in Lake Union and the locks. Thanks so much for the help.
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Old 04-08-2006, 02:25 PM
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Cant you clear customs in Vancouver?
If I was making that trip, I would'nt cross the strait at all. Just hug the coast all the way up,(obviously not going up Howe Sound). It should be a shorter trip, and you wont be anywhere near wiskey golf!

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Tyee 2,
I have thought of that idea as well, and it is much shorter. However, instead of being in the straight of Georgia for 20-25 nm, you are in it for 70-75 nm. If the weather is good it wouldn't be a problem. I just thought it would be like choosing to go from Seattle to the San Juans on the inside of Whidbey or through the Straight of Juan de Fuca, and inmy experience it is normally a lot calmer on the inside of Whidbey. Is Whiskey Gulf really that bad? Thanks for the help.
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The dreaded premature post.....honest it's never happened before...
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Whiskey Golf is'nt active all that often and normally not at all on the weekends, or after 4:30 in the afternoon. You can skirt by going up by Nanoose and crossing there. You are wise not to try the Vancouver side, the frasier river delta extends along way out and is rough from just the boat traffic, several miles offshore its about 20ft deep....By the way the Candian weather radio annouces when WG is going to be active...
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