Wednesday, July 20, 2016

July 14-17 - Puget Sound (#50)

I did a solo trip down to Puget sound to get a sense of how easy it was to cover a good distance and to check out a few places. I cleared US customs in Port Townsend by prior arrangement which was simple and straightforward. I then spent a few hours at the Pygmy boats kayak shop and chatting with John Lockwood.
The Port Townsend area - click to enlarge

I stayed at Shilshole Bay marina in Seattle which was huge (1400+ slips) but well equipped. I was able to take advantage of good pubs in Ballard and did some shopping. I went for a day trip to Blake Island State Park which is a a nicely set up marine state park in Seattle's back yard.
exploring the Seattle area -click to enlarge

The crossing of the strait was relatively easy both ways. On the way out I saw humpbacks twice as well as porpoises. Nothing on the way back. The only lumpy water i experienced was around point Wilson where the currents made for confused seas. The crossing to Port Townsend takes about 1.5 to 2 hours.
The overall trip - click to enlarge
Martin helped me to launch and retrieve Natural C-lection at the beginning and end of the trip in the most efficient manner. He drove the truck back home after launching while I went by water to the mooring. On the way back we did the reverse. It was very easy to launch and retrieve with someone in the boat while doing so. I also cleared Canada Customs by phone in Cadboro Bay which was nice and easy as i have now done it several times.
Launching and retrieving and clearing customs - click to enlarge

285 km and approx 210 l of gas.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

May 20-23 - Pender and San Juan Islands (#49)

Monica and I took the boat up to Pender where we joined Jack and Mary at Ainslie Point Cottage for the weekend..We did ssome successful crabbing in Bedwell Harbour, a trip around South Pender and a day trip to Friday Harbor. A full tank took us 105 km...(loaded with either gear or people).
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179 km

May 8th - Saanich Inlet (#48)

Monica and I went for a day of prawning in Saanich inlet, combined with lunch at Bridgeman's Bistro. The prawning was better that the last two times with about 80 prawns total. 4 traps had no prawns...
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29 km

May 5th - Oak Bay and Border Bank (#47)

Martin and I went for a fishing trip on the Oak bay flats. We did a bunch of trolling, dropped a crab trap, and went to the border to try for halibut. The halibut fishing was unsuccessful, the trolling netted us one small chinook, but thew crab trap gave us 7 nice male Dungeness crab!
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53 km.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

November 22nd - Saanich Inlet (#46)

Martin and I went out for a day of prawning and fishing in Saanich inlet. We dropped off the traps and then went an tried our hand for sole in Pat Bay. We caught a few nice little sole and then went back to pull our traps. Very few prawns, even though the traps were in the same locations as in previous years. But a nice day on the water...
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32 km

Friday, September 4, 2015

Sept 4th - Mill Bay (#45)

Monica and I went out into Saanich Inlet for a day of prawning. We dropped our traps off in the usual places and then went over to Mill Bay to have lunch at Bridgeman's bistro. After a nice lunch we went over to Brentwood College School to visit Cheryl.We had fun with the seals who had taken over the BCS docks! A beautiful day out, but very few prawns. One of the other fishers we spoke to said it had been poor as well...
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26 km

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

July 30 to August 2nd - Clayoquot Sound (#44)

Peter, Graeme and I went to Clayoquot Sound for 3 nights. We were trying for our annual flyfishing for coho but had very little success - 2 coho in 3 days! The three of us were able to camp and live on board without too much trouble as well as fish. I modified the bimini so that it can easily be raised out of the way when fishing and the new set up works well. We decided to go and visit Kyle in Hot Springs Cove so we made our way around Flores Island and spent a wonderful our in the springs - all to ourselves! We also got to check out Kyle's property. I was happy with how everything worked on board, and the camping was good - nice weather - but the coho fishing was disappointing.
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229 km, 172 l, 1.33 km/l or 3.13 mpg (port engine 272 hrs, starboard 274 hrs)