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Old 28-07-2011, 06:32   #16
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A great sail in a west wind is from the west end of John Island to Gore Bay. 20-25 mile beam reach.
Absolutely Dave, but the OP's boat is small. I'd hate to send him out of the islands to Gore Bay unless he needs provisions, etc.
If you do get to Gore Bay and need advice, talk to Ken, at Canadian Yacht Charters, he's the go to guy for information on the North Channel. Has a million wonderful stories as well.
Shall we warn him about Detroit Passage now, or let him discover it for himself?
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Old 28-07-2011, 06:42   #17
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Absolutely Dave, but the OP's boat is small. I'd hate to send him out of the islands to Gore Bay unless he needs provisions, etc.
25 miles is fine, provided the weather doesn't get ugly. I'll need to restock with ice every 2-3 days, so Gore may be considered. Does NOAA weather radio work up there?
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Old 28-07-2011, 06:47   #18
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25 miles is fine, provided the weather doesn't get ugly. I'll need to restock with ice every 2-3 days, so Gore may be considered. Does NOAA weather radio work up there?
Environment Canada weather is continuously broadcast on VHF channels 1-9 depending on location with specific mention of the North Channel. It's even correct, on occasion.
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Old 28-07-2011, 06:51   #19
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I might suggest purchasing a portpottie. They are not too expensive and will be more sanitary and comfortable than a bucket.
I have one, and I don't want to break it in. Besides not having enough room for it, i'll bet its worse in regards to sanitation, waste handling, and certainly stink-wise than my 3 gal bucket w/bag, kitty litter and lysol.
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I have one, and I don't want to break it in. Besides not having enough room for it, i'll bet its worse in regards to sanitation, waste handling, and certainly stink-wise than my 3 gal bucket w/bag, kitty litter and lysol.
We had a portapottie our our first boat but it was 26ft so space wasn't as much of an issue. Smell was an issue but not as much as you might think provided you use suitable holding tank additives. In our case, ours was permanently installed with a deck mounted pumpout hose.
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Buflowing: How was your trip. We saw a lot of <20ft boat anchored at Eagle Island and I wondered if yours was one?
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Old 22-08-2011, 03:31   #22
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We only sailed past Eagle. That would have been near the end on the 14th, as we went in and out of Fox for lunch, then on our way to Spanish.

Excellent trip. Absolutely exceeded all expectations. The area, the people we met, and our sweet little boat. All amazing. I see returning every year.

Favorite spots: the coves too shallow for everyone else...western end at Long Point, SW side of S Benjamin and W side of Fox.

You saw a lot of smaller boats? In nine days we did not see anything less than about 28 ft. And we got around, 140+ miles, mostly under sail. We felt a bit tiny out there.

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Yes, there were about 5 or 6 small boats in a cove on Eagle. All anchored in a line in water that was too slim for any other boats, I believe. I spoke with another boat and they said trailer sailors come all the way from Texas en mass every year in a trailer regatta! That is what I love about boating, the variety of people and boats who can participate.

Glad you had a great time. The weahter was wonderful. Did you experience the near gale wind storm?
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Old 22-08-2011, 10:33   #24
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We were in Gore Bay that day. Attempted to sail out mid morning, but 5 foot waves out past the bluffs and several wipeouts convinced us to return to the marina for the day. Didn't need that. You can see it out there on the attached photo. Next day had a somewhat rocky but pleasant sail to the benjamins.
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We were there at the same time. I was going to head out but another skipper convinced me that I should consider staying a second night.
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Considering we walked around the same marina for a day and a half, I'll bet we ran into one another then. Sure hope i was friendly.
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Everyone who I met was friendly, except for one guy on the dock who put himself in the role of dock monitor and didn't like the slip we chose when we first arrived at the marina. I actually think I remember you returning on that windy day: as I recall, three or so boats all came in at the same time.
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I'm guessing that's you, 3rd in, top right. We're 4th up, bottom left.
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We were on the outside dock, which is not in your picture. I don't have a good picture of ours but we are the forth mast from the right. Anyway, it is a small world.
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BTW, how do you like the Precision?
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