Thursday, August 7, 2014

Crossing Queen Charlotte Strait -- 8/5/2014

Timing our departure from Jennis Bay Marina for transiting the Narrows, we cast off at 10:20A under partly sunny skies and get a last look at the log boom breakwater that so fascinates me.

Again today, the Narrows is smooth passing and we watch carefully for Welde Rock, which is covered with kelp.

As soon as we get cell phone service, I call a Port McNeil Marina for availability of moorage for the nght.  (Friends told us at Jennis Bay we needed reservations, but sites come up often).  North Harbour tells me they are full.  Port McNeil Municipal Harbour says they will have to wait until about 1:00P to let me know, and tell me to call on 66A when we get into the harbour. 

Sounds like we need to be in place for a first come first served situation.   Plans are for a 30 mile trip which will take us across Queen Charlotte Strait and into Port McNeil, cruising at an average of 14 knots, or more in order to get there as soon as safely possible.   In Wells passage we encounter light fog, which soon thickens with a light chop on the water, so we slow to 5 - 6 knots for visibility.

While in the thicker fog we have visibility of only a quarter mile.  There are tight ripples and it seems when looking far ahead that the earth is square.  I hope we don't fall off.

Finally the sun breaks through at Boyles Point.  We see quite a few boats now, lots of wakes, but only slight rolls.  Crossing Queen Charlotte Strait is calm and pleasant.  We began our trip for early morning before the winds picked up for the afternoon.

Our heading is west of Numas Island and Malcolm Island and then we see Port McNeil.

My radio call to the harbour is returned with good information -- they have a spot for us and will be down to help with our lines.  Yea! Yea!

By the time we get tied up  about 2:00P, I am starved for lunch, as we were moving too fast to safely turn on the propane stove, so just munched on crackers.

The clerk in the marina office suggests Gus's Pub just across the street.  A bacon cheeseburger never tasted so good.  Bacon?  Yes, it's the rules.  No plain hamburgers.  We dine until 4:00P.

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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