We had a great summer trip that included San Juans, Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound. A couple of tips: (1)Bring adaptors for 30A to 15A and maybe even a 30A to 50A as some marinas
are not straight 30A, (2)Find a long roll (a couple of hundred feet at least)of storable nylon line for tying to shore when on anchor
in the cool tight anchorages
in Desolation Sound, (3) Avoid the torpedo testing area north of Nanaimo for real.
We did as much hiking as possible and enjoyed Salt
Springs high spots and cool hippie farmer's market! We also enjoyed the Newcastle Island near Nanaimo (BritishColumbia.com – Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park
) and a killer loop around Heart Lake in Ladysmith.
Favorite spot in Desolation was Prideaux but we had a great time hiking in Squirrell Cove, and a welcome fresh water
swim in Teakearne Arm. Found some great beer
in Squirell Cove store. Refuge Cove was also a welcome stop and the best sweet roll on the trip. Our only whale sightings were humpbacks lingering around Zendine Pt. for most of the week.
We were unfortunate enough to have sucked a sardine into our raw water
intake coming out of Powell River that cost us a day of chasing down the problem. It was even more unfortunate for the unlucky sardine.
A very inaccurate fuel
gauge caused us to run out of fuel
near Sucia. A first for me and pretty darn embarrassing. I was under the impression that the engine
was a perpetual motion device. I was grateful for the experience with bleeding the fuel system that I needed.
Next year, further north and maybe around the outside of Vancouver Island....