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Old 30-06-2016, 12:48   #16
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Re: PNW to California - stopover after shakedown cruise

I would go to Sydney B.C. and take advantage of the dollar advantage in the yards there, then clear US Customs at Friday Harbor where there is a great sheltered anchorage and not out of your way. I would stay away from the river bars on the west coast however possible. Eliminate risk whenever possible. A gale to the west of the Columbia Bar will ruin your day. Newport OR. is easier from all I hear but quite a ways south.
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I would go to Sydney B.C. and take advantage of the dollar advantage in the yards there, then clear US Customs at Friday Harbor where there is a great sheltered anchorage and not out of your way. I would stay away from the river bars on the west coast however possible. Eliminate risk whenever possible. A gale to the west of the Columbia Bar will ruin your day. Newport OR. is easier from all I hear but quite a ways south.
Yeah, I see no point in timing bar conditions/weather and spending a day getting in and a day getting out... at any of the northwest ports. If you are 20-50 miles offshore it could be a 2-3 day jaunt in and out.
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Thanks for all the awesome information. Sounds like Sydney it is.
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I would recommend Sidney, BC and Canoe Cove in particular. They have many very experienced services on site and relively inexpensive with US vs Canada dollar ratio today.
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Vector yachts in Sydny BC for your haul out, 3 chandleries across the road and they can get pretty much anything they don't have from Vancouver same or next day. Short hop over to Roche to clear in then off you go down Haro with stops as you see fit. Would definatley not recommend trying to get stuff done in the San Juans, there are good places but you are paying a premium to work on your boat on a Island. PT is ok but I don't think you will find anything there you can't get in Sydny and its alot more $$ to haul with a much busier travel lift schedule. It's the 40th WBF and it will most likely be mobbed July-Aug.
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Re: PNW to California - stopover after shakedown cruise

I understand why someone would not want to come and go through the Straits unless they had to. It's a long day/night sail and can be rough and lots (as in lots) of big ships going and coming. Port Townsend and Anacortes on the US side are the ports with the most boat parts and services (by far). I think Sydney would be excellent. But all those are on the inside of the Straits. Port Angeles has some stuff but not as much and it is almost to the end too.

Gray's Harbor might be good but it is mostly a commercial fisherman port and you won't find many of the parts you might need. There may be very good basic boatyard services though.

I would recommend Astoria too. But, you have to get in through the notorious Columbia bar. I have done it twice and gone by it twice with absolutely no problems. But not everyone has been so fortunate. If you time the tides and weather right you won't have a problem (and navigate the channel in right!). It's a cool town too. While it is several miles inland up the river, once you are across the bar it is much easier traveling than the Straits.

You can find some parts and stuff in Nootka but I don't think it offers the major services/parts you might need. If you only need some minor stuff you could try. You will go by there anyway. It's mostly smaller and commercial boats.

Our shakedown cruise (two months) was around Vancouver Island and it was our favorite cruise of all time. Have fun.
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I ended up going to Sydney, BC and stopping in a marina here for two weeks to install a new diesel (!). Going to cross over to Port Angeles tomorrow.

In retrospect, especially keeping in mind the exchange rates, I would say Sydney was a good answer to the original question.
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I ended up going to Sydney, BC and stopping in a marina here for two weeks to install a new diesel (!). Going to cross over to Port Angeles tomorrow.

In retrospect, especially keeping in mind the exchange rates, I would say Sydney was a good answer to the original question.
Ouch, new diesel. What happened?
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Opportunistic preventative maintenance, sort of.

As in, we knew all along that the old one was on its last legs, and although it still worked, learned enough bad things about it during the shakedown that my confidence dropped pretty low. Then there were two weeks to kill waiting for the next crew, and someone who knew what they are doing, with a new diesel in stock and available time. God, in other words, was obviously willing

Just had to promise my CFO aka wife that habitability under power will go from 2 to 8 on a 0-10 scale, while shifting transmission won't be a strenuous physical exercise for her anymore, and that our 18 y.o. didn't make it to MIT, therefore we were not quite as broke as we feared to be at this point.
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