Inside Passage Blog

By Linda Lewis



May 29, 2007 – Royal Sounder in Prince Rupert


Although we are now in Ketchikan, AK I am still doing catch-up on emails, so here are some pictures from our Prince Rupert stop.
Before arriving at Prince Rupert we anchored in a wonderful place at the north end of Grenville Channel called Baker Inlet. It has a narrow little entrance (Watts Narrows) that is best transited at slack water.

It looks really skinny, but it is just dandy for one boat. However it is definitely a no-passing zone.

And here is the reward.

Here is another reward in Baker Inlet. David set the pots in the afternoon and picked them up the next morning... in the socked-in fog. He wasn't too happy about the fog, but he loved the crab.

By the way, I have discovered another wonderful asset of our autopilot. Hand-steering a straight line while in pea soup fog is an incredibly difficult thing to do. You get a kind of vertigo and find yourself 30 degrees of course in a second! How can that happen? No way. But it does. Well, with the autopilot the straight line is a forgone conclusion. What a sweet thing.

Here we are at Prince Rupert where we had a raven land on the boat. Since the raven is the totem for this boat I had to get a picture of our blessing visit.

This picture is ESPECIALLY FOR YOU, MELISSA. Another dog in a canoe! Even the dog wears a life preserver.

There are all varieties of boats in Prince Rupert...

...and all kinds of ways to transport them. This long string of dinghies probably is being towed to a fishing lodge.

We have met several boats along the way that attended either the Seattle Boat Show talk on Cruising the Inside Passage or the Douglass Seminar on the Inside Passage. Here is an example of one of them: the couple on the Nordic Tug attended both talks! We gathered with them and several other boats for a dock-side happy hour.

The couple to the right built a 42' Trimaran and they are recreating her grandparents' trip to AK. She has their very detailed log and they are retracing their steps. It's quite a story. I don't have a picture of the Trimaran yet but they are here in Ketchikan right now so I intend to take camera in hand and get a few shots of this very beautifully built boat.

And here are two pictures that the teacher/speaker in me could not resist. I have to pass this tip on to other boaters. A very inventive Captain on the M/V Wandering Star (a beautiful 43' Selene) devised a way to keep himself straight with the "red-right-return" buoyage system. When he was boating on the Intercoastal Waterway he created these two little buoy replicas that can be moved around as needed. Now he's using them up here along the Inside Passage. He even has a bit of velcro on the bottom so they stay attached to his fabric dash. (He let me take them to our boat for this photo session.)

I hope you have enjoyed this picture tour. More to come soon on our adventures along the Inside Passage.

Linda & Dave
M/V Royal Sounder




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