After another long hiatus,
here are some final emails from our summer cruise.
After my glorious afternoon of whale watching
outside Fury Cove, we crossed Queen Charlotte
Sound the next day in excellent wind and sea
conditions. And in the sun! Here is the
chart showing the northern half of the crossing.
Because the weather conditions were so good,
we left Fury Cove on a route that would
take us behind Egg Island. That can
only be done when conditions are just right.
It's a bit shorter and, best of all, you
avoid a lot of the commercial traffic which always
transits the west side of Egg Island (and most
of the pleasure boat traffic which usually does
Here is what the water
of the open
ocean looked like as we crossed behind Egg Island.
get much better than that.
This is our approach to the infamous Cape Caution
(...which can be terrible in bad conditions).
is the Cape Caution marker, up close.
continued all the way to Port McNeill and tied
up at the marina. We were lucky to get a spot
as they were very busy. While we were there,
David decided the Green Devil needed its bottom
cleaned. The Devil was being slowed down a knot
or two (oh no!) because it was full
of barnacles and algae.
So he took advantage of the nearby tidal grid
and parked the Devil to wait for the tide to
fall. Hmm... now he has to climb up that steep,
slippery ladder and climb over the orange fencing.
There he goes. Over the
Several hours later, the
bottom is exposed and he is hard at work.
Yes, I did contribute a little effort to
this endeavor other than shooting photos. A
couple of hours later, I managed to scrunch under
the orange fencing rather than over it, climb down
the ladder, and wait for the final inches of
tide to come in so I could drive the Devil back
to the Royal Sounder.
The cleaning did make a difference in the speed
M/V Royal Sounder