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Old 18-03-2019, 06:17   #1
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Greetings all from Vancouver. I've been sailing for a few years on a 1986 Hunter 34 I own with a friend but I am new to this particular forum. If there is a sub-forum specifically for Canadians or even better, the Canadian West Coast, please let me know. Regardless, looking forward to talking sailing with folks everywhere.

I have a particular interest in graduating one day from coastal cruising to offshore sailing and will be looking for tips on how to approach that transition.
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Old 18-03-2019, 06:21   #2
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Ciao and welcome, ey? Normally I type here on my morning coffee buzz but now i find myself on an early beer buzz instead, so. Tis a great place, this forum. They're especially knowledgeable about anchors and the various advantages of monos vs catamarans; I urge that you probe them on these matters posthaste

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Old 18-03-2019, 06:30   #3
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Hi YvrGuy,
From fellow Canadian in the Great Lakes. You have some amazing cruising area around you! Have you watched 'RAN Sailing' on you tube? Swedish couple, but their latest episodes are in Gulf of Alaska, Vancover, and Seattle.
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Old 18-03-2019, 06:31   #4
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Welcome aboard!
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Old 18-03-2019, 06:36   #5
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, YVRguy.
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Old 19-03-2019, 22:26   #6
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Welcome aboard!
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Old 04-04-2019, 16:32   #7
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Belated welcome aboard YVRGuy. There are a number of Salish Sea sailors on this forum including many of us on the Canadian side.
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Old 04-04-2019, 16:53   #8
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Welcome to CF.

Having grown up in Victoria and lived in the Vancouver for many years you’ve got a lovely area to cruise. Unfortunately for sailing the most consistent wind conditions are in the cooler and wetter seasons - floater jacket or the full floater suit are definitely your friend, as are good woollen gloves or mitts with removable finger for rope work. Goretex overmitts are really nice too.

Georgia and Juan de Fuca Straights may not have big ocean swells but can still get pretty wild, so, within your limits, head out when the wind is up. Once you head north of Campbell River you are much more on your own and can extend your cruise for months as you head up towards Alaska. And the west coast of Vancouver Island is certainly open ocean, though with the benefit (but also danger) of having numerous all weather harbours.

As you build your own experience do consider joining others for offshore passages, such as return deliveries of Vic-Maui yachts, or further afield. A passage as crew for an experienced skipper can be a great way to leap ahead in experience. Most of the people that we invite to join our passages are looking to gain offshore experience in a controlled way (that is, with someone else being responsible).

You’re near the beginning of an epic journey - enjoy!
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