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RO# 27326

Posted - Jan 09 2012 :  16:19:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We are planning a 6 day trip this summer to do a boat exchange with a fellow Meridian owner in Vancouver.

Plans are to cruise from Port Moody, BC to Princess Louisa.

Looking for advice from RO's that have made the trip or have local knowledge. Trip will be a combination of marinas and anchorages.

Day 1 : Port Moody to Garden Bay Marina, Pender Cove

Day 2 &3 : In Princess Louisa

Day 4 : Princess Louisa to Ballet Bay, Nelson Island for anchorage

Day 5: Ballet Bay to Snug Harbor, Bowen Island

Day 6: Return to Port Moody,BC

Any input would be appreciated !!
Neal and Barbara
"Olive or Twist" 2006 Meridian 391 T-Cummins 380QSB, Onan 9K

Homeport: Savannah.GA


RO# 20541

Posted - Jan 10 2012 :  09:34:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Listen to WX3 (Victoria CGR) and/or WX1 (Comox CGR) for your weather forecasts and reports. Strong winds blow from NW (mostly) or SE in summer months. The forecast area of interest to you will be Strait of Georgia or Strait of Georgia-North of Nanaimo. Also, pay attention to the Howe Sound forecast for the inflow/outflow conditions, as that will be your only clue as to the Jervis Inlet conditions. Weather Reporting Stations of interest will be Point Atkinson, Halibut Banks, Merry Island, and Grief Point. Pam Rocks in Howe Sound may help in determining what is going on in Jervis Inlet.

Day 1: Leaving Port Moody, you should time your passage to Second Narrows to be just ahead of slack current, so that your passage through Vancouver Harbour (at controlled speeds) to First Narrows (Lions Gate Bridge) is just after slack current. Going against a strong flood current in high wind conditions is doable, but not necessarily pleasant.
Alternate anchorages might be Buccaneer Bay (Thormanby I.- in a SE blow) or Green Bay (Agamemnon Channel-in a NW).

Day 2: Be aware that in strong wind conditions in Jervis Inlet, Prince of Wales Reach and Queens Reach (which run from SE to NW on entering) may be subject to different wind patterns than the southern section of Jervis Inlet and Princess Royal Reach ( which run from SW to NE on entering). When you arrive at the entrance to Malibu Rapids, you WILL WAIT for slack current (HW slack current is preferable, entering on the last of the flood current) and you can contact “the Doghouse” at the Malibu Rapids resort for a report on outgoing traffic.

On arrival at Chatterbox Falls, tie to the float (if there is room), or anchor off the falls (if you dare), or retreat to mooring buoys or anchorage at McDonald Bay and visit the float by dinghy.

Day 4,5,6: Same info in reverse order
I prefer other anchorages to Ballet Bay (watch for the underwater cables and the crowd that thinks it’s a great place) and Snug Harbour, but they are popular.

Enjoy the southern B.C. waterways!


Edited by - Old_Salt on Jan 14 2012 10:29:01

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RO# 689

Posted - Jan 10 2012 :  10:01:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
..and if you try to sleep on the flybridge as a means of watching the incredible stars, realize that your going to be soaking wet in about two hours. That's mist there coming off those falls!!!

What part of GALE WARNING did you not understand?

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RO# 1979

Posted - Jan 10 2012 :  10:08:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We have always anchored at Green Bay before going up Jarvis inlet the next day. The bottom can be rocky and a Bruce or SuperMax works well.


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