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.
looks really skinny, but it is just dandy
for one boat. However it is definitely a no-passing
here is the reward.
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.
picture is ESPECIALLY FOR YOU,
MELISSA. Another dog in a canoe! Even the dog wears
a life preserver.
are all varieties of boats in Prince Rupert...
all kinds of ways to transport them. This long
string of dinghies probably is being towed to
a fishing lodge.
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.
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.
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
M/V Royal Sounder