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Old 23-07-2014, 10:31   #16
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Re: Local knowledge needed: Desolation to Port Hardy.

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Capt. Phil, before my time, I'm afraid. It would have been great to see!

Eder, I wouldn't have the courage to go through Seymour anywhere near 7 knots. When it really gets roaring there's a lot of white water. The water is white because of the air in it, so the boat doesn't float as high and the rudder and prop can't bite as well. Scares me silly. I guess I don't know the narrows nearly well enough to know when that happens, but I was happy to go through around high slack.
I watched a you tube video about a week ago regarding experiments to confirm a boat sinks down due to air in the water. The theory was that that is why the Bermuda Triangle eats boats. They were unable to prove that air in the water actually does this.... it didn't appear the boat went down at all on the waterline....
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Old 23-07-2014, 10:38   #17
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Re: Local knowledge needed: Desolation to Port Hardy.

What I remember most vividly about the Ripple Rock explosion in Seymour Narrows was that I couldn't hear right for about two days! We were aboard the Scotch Fir towboat out of Pender Harbor picking up a tow of logs and hung around for an extra day just to see it blown up. Perhaps someone with more historical knowledge than me can tell us when the ferry hit the rocks drowning a bunch of folks. Phil
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Old 23-07-2014, 10:59   #18
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Re: Local knowledge needed: Desolation to Port Hardy.

I think everyone needs to transit the Narrows as they feel comfortable...high water slack is perfect for heading North.

Often its necessary to head North at the end of an ebb therefore booting thru at 7 knots (which is better than 12 knots lol) to take advantage of the current to get past Brown Bay (about 3 nm's) at least...it turns fairly fast...slack is only like 6 minutes...
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Can't wait. Your post is why I coming Eder!!! Two more weeks and I am off!

Bring your prawn trap (you wont need more than 1 lol) and good luck!
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Re: Local knowledge needed: Desolation to Port Hardy.

Anyone know of any video of the Ripple Rock blow?
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Re: Local knowledge needed: Desolation to Port Hardy.

Oh the humanity! I don't head north till early August. Have a great trip Newt.
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Anyone know of any video of the Ripple Rock blow?
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Re: Local knowledge needed: Desolation to Port Hardy.

If anyone is interested, Seymour Narrows is a great warm up for the Skookumchuck Rapids between Egmont and Porpoise Bay! You can drive there from Pender Harbor, hang a right on the road just before Earle's Cove and go to the end of the road... a short hike to the rocks overlooking the Skookumchuck. Worth the trip to see some really fast water! Cheers, Phil PS. I used to live with the Silvey family across the inlet starting in the early 60's for about 10 years.
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Thanks, awesome.
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Re: Local knowledge needed: Desolation to Port Hardy.

Breathtaking to say the least. It reminds me of HMS Barham blowing up.

Ripple Rock, as I understand it, claimed something like 100 vessels between 1875 and 1958.
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We're winter boaters so the fishing sucks. Sorry - can't help you there. As for the PNW tidal currents - I think they're over rated. Take them at high tide. Survey them with binoculars before you enter. And run them as soon as there's no standing waves. That advice plus 5 bux will buy you coffee pretty well anywhere in North America.

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+1, Bob... cheers, Phil
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