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by Chinook
Wed Sep 18, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: An alternative to the bump
Replies: 4
Views: 893

Re: An alternative to the bump

I find the bump to also be a good confirmation that the trailer brakes still work. When I do the bump with functioning brakes, the boat slides right into position with a satisfying thump. On those occasions when the brakes have decided to quit (for various reasons), the boat/trailer tends to just sh...
by Chinook
Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Dreaming About Haida Gwaii
Replies: 4
Views: 601

Re: Dreaming About Haida Gwaii

The middle and northern part of Hecate Strait is relatively shallow, 115 feet or less, and the currents run strong through it. If a wind is blowing against the direction of current, it quickly gets rough out there. This condition is made worse by the shallow water. Given the length of the passage, I...
by Chinook
Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Dreaming About Haida Gwaii
Replies: 4
Views: 601

Re: Dreaming About Haida Gwaii

The posted ferry fares are one way, so it ends up being a very expensive ferry ride. According to Waggonners Cruising Guide, the distance from the jumpoff anchorage out of Prince Rupert to Haida Gwaii is 65 miles, so I figure an 11 hour run. Considering that as you near the island, you begin getting...
by Chinook
Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Dreaming About Haida Gwaii
Replies: 4
Views: 601

Dreaming About Haida Gwaii

The cruise around Vancouver Island has gotten my enthusiasm up for a trip out to Haida Gwaii. The 75 to 80 mile open ocean crossing of Hecate Strait is daunting, however with the right weather, and the boat/engine in proper condition, it's certainly doable. Ferrying the boat out there is another opt...
by Chinook
Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is
Replies: 59
Views: 18747

Re: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is

Just to close the loop on this thread, we finished our circumnavigation of Vancouver Island last Wednesday, July 31. Total distance cruised was 1,082 nautical miles. Total time out: 45 days. The trip went great, not much I'd change. The pace worked out great, provisioning served well, fishing good, ...
by Chinook
Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is
Replies: 59
Views: 18747

Re: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is

We're sitting in Victoria, within a few miles of officially "crossing our wake". Once we do that, we will have proven that Captain George Vancouver actually got it right in claiming that this big mass of land we've been cruising around for the last 6 weeks actually is an island. Our last run, yester...
by Chinook
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Canada rules & North Channel
Replies: 3
Views: 684

Re: Canada rules & North Channel

We passed through that area on our Great Loop trip in 2016. I'd heard about the toilet regs as well. We have a composting toilet and I was certain it would pass muster. No one ever checked or inspected, and I don't know if they ever do. It is my understanding that porta potties don't meet their requ...
by Chinook
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is
Replies: 59
Views: 18747

Re: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is

Cruise is going great. We've had excellent conditions for getting around the two really challenging places, Cape Scott and the Brooks Penninsula. Cruising on the outside is delightful in this kind of weather. Swell has been about 1 foot most of the time, and often glassy smooth. Not great for sailin...
by Chinook
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is
Replies: 59
Views: 18747

Re: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is

We've made it as far as Port Hardy, posting daily on the blog. For the next couple of weeks we'll likely be out of communications, with no cell service on the west side of Vancouver Island. Things are going very well thus far, and we're really looking forward to seeing the waters and country on the ...
by Chinook
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is
Replies: 59
Views: 18747

Re: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is

Vancouver Island cruise is underway,just finished day 5, which was an epic 80 miler from Schooner Cove on the west side of the Strait of Georgia, all the way over to Refuge Cove, in the heart of Desolation Sound. We needed to make a long day, since we were blocked by high winds for 2 days. We holed ...
by Chinook
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: BWY Disc Brake Kit
Replies: 5
Views: 593

Re: BWY Disc Brake Kit

I had Todd install disc brakes on our trailer when it was new, in 2002. They are definitely better than drum brakes, especially if you dip your trailer in salt water. It's virtually impossible to adequately rinse drum brakes after launching in saltwater. The disc brakes are much more open, and can b...
by Chinook
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Inexpensive Mac 26x 200Watt Solar Installation
Replies: 2
Views: 579

Re: Inexpensive Mac 26x 200Watt Solar Installation

Nice job. It looks like you'll really be able to maximize solar exposure on the panels. Installation on the center line of the boat creates shaded areas, from mast and boom. Only concern I would have, at least in the way I use my boat, would be in the ease of stepping on and off the boat when at a d...
by Chinook
Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is
Replies: 59
Views: 18747

Re: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is

No, we'll be on the other side of the island then, just starting to head up the inside route. We plan to leave the dock in Oak Harbor on Monday, June 16, and won't get around to Ucluelet until late July. I'll begin posting the trip, as wifi connection permits, in a couple of weeks.
by Chinook
Tue May 28, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Location on loop trip
Replies: 3
Views: 648

Re: Location on loop trip

Hi Richard and Jill,

Glad to see you're making good progress. You're getting into some spectacular cruising waters.

Enjoy, Mike and Sandy
by Chinook
Sun May 26, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Roller bunk trailer
Replies: 6
Views: 920

Re: Roller bunk trailer

I like doing the bump, so I can enjoy the startled looks on faces in the boat ramp area when I accelerate and then slam on the brakes. :D