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Old 10-02-2014, 14:04   #16
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Re: Vancouver to Powell River in a day?

Since I live in Vancouver and my boat is in Pender Hbr, I have a LOT of experience in that area. Wind is generally light along the sunshine coast so plan on a motor. The tidal currents around Sechelt are a BIG concern: the flood is easily 3 knots. But it's usually a flood (even when it's ebbing elsewhere in the Strait) and the ebb is very light. So going in your direction is easy: it's going back down that's a trick.

There's also a pretty big tidal current in Malaspina Strait around Cape Cockburn - usually an Ebb (ie against you). Stay on the Texada Island side of the Strait.

The large tides in that area and around Howe Sound entrances can make the ride very bumpy.

It would be a long trip but very do-able.
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Old 10-02-2014, 21:20   #17
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Re: currents

Make sure you have a copy of the CHS Current Atlas ans Murray's Tables. It is essential.

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Re: Vancouver to Powell River in a day?

I've done the sail a few times, never in one day, but of course it can be done in the right conditions. Agree with those who suggest you should treat it as a delivery, because that is what it certainly appears to be, and press for the conditions that jackdale suggested.

Lots of great anchorages, some already suggested, or closer to Powell River there's Sturt Bay on Texada Island (where there's also a marina) or pleasant Ballet Bay off Blind Bay across the strait.

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