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Old 04-01-2004, 19:20   #1
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Hello All: I have lived aboard a 30' fibreglass sloop off and on but now this spring will move aboard a new 36' steel boat after 3 yrs of building. There is so much coast in BC to explore and since I am an amateur gold panner and aspiring amateur archeologist plus ocean meets mountain lover I think I will be BC bound for awhile.

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Old 05-01-2004, 16:30   #2
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Another BC guy--Great.

Hope to do a little gold panning myself someday. Being an Archy, how do you feel about Metal Detecting ?

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Old 05-01-2004, 18:03   #3
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Welcome aboard gpreb,

I envy your live aboard status. I'm trying to get there. Wow, moving aboard a 36 ft.steel boat in a beautiful area of the world. Life is good...huh?

A "rock hound" and sailor. Sounds like plenty of adventure lies ahead. A friend of mine use to pan here in the mountains of Western NC. He had accumulated enough gold to have it smelted down into a 8 bar. He hauled it in the trunk of his car to work to show it to us. At the time, gold was worth around $550.00/ounce. Yeah, he was a little ecentric

Good luck with your plans, and fair winds to you!
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Old 05-01-2004, 21:05   #4
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29 Cascade Fixer: As handguns are not permitted in Canada so do I wish metal detectors were banned also. The potential damage to promising sites is encouraged by the ease of use of this tech and any insensitive dope can dingy to shore in remote areas and bugger up something significant. We also have brutal stripping of mountainsides for timber and industrial grinding of ocean floor by fishing trawlers. Imagine what has been lost.

For me, just to find pottery, arrowheads, artifacts of early European contact and the like is sufficient. It is as good as it gets just to sit in the company of these finds and sense the human presence once there.

Even gold panning can be done without a trace for those that may follow and I use just simple manual tools with some success. Many places I have visited take a real effort to get there by boat, kayak & hike. The typical cruiser would never risk such landings so I feel there are still lifetimes of discovery out there.
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Old 05-01-2004, 21:08   #5
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Hello Stede: Thanks for the reply. There is still "colour" out there and it takes work to find some but lots of fun. I love eccentric which blooms richly in BC ports.

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Gary good to see you on this site. I am sure you will enjoy it. There are lots of links on the home page. BC Mike C

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