North to Alaska 2022

Fully vaccinated, we look forward to getting back into cruising through Canada up to SE Alaska!

26 May 2022 | Prince Rupert, BC
23 May 2022 | Alexander Inlet, BC
21 May 2022 | Shearwater BC
20 May 2022 | Kisameet Bay, BC
19 May 2022 | Cape Caution, BC
17 May 2022 | Port McNeil, BC
17 May 2022 | Blunden Harbour, BC
12 May 2022 | Campbell River, BC
11 May 2022 | Georgia Straits
10 May 2022 | Nanaimo, BG
09 May 2022 | Ganges Harbor, Salt Spring Island, BC
23 March 2022 | Kalispell, Montana
30 August 2021 | Friday Harbor, WA
14 August 2021 | Blaine, Washington
12 August 2021 | Friday Harbor, WA
16 June 2021
02 June 2021 | Portland, Oregon
24 March 2020 | Portland, Oregon
29 August 2019 | Astoria, Oregon

Running to Prince Rupert

26 May 2022 | Prince Rupert, BC
George Stonecliffe | Sunny
We had anchored in Lowe Inlet where a large waterfall attracts boaters during the salmon run later in the summer. Seeing the salmon jump this formidable falls, must be quite something. But what attracts everyone's attention is the number of bears that come to catch the jumping salmon!
In the morning we weighed anchor for Prince Rupert arriving after 1700 too late for fuel, but still able to find moorage at the Prince Rupert Rowing and Yacht Club.

Whether the Weather

23 May 2022 | Alexander Inlet, BC
George Stonecliffe
We woke to rain beating on the cabin rooftop, windows all fogged up. Yet we were under way within an hour as the rain receded to mist. Clouds hung in the mountains all around us, sometimes reaching all the way down to the water. Winds blew down the canyons and along the
waterways, mostly against us. But we persevered west along Seaforth Channel (yes, towards the sea). Upon entering Milbanke Sound, the waves grew to 6 feet, shoving and bouncing us around so we turned into Perceval Narrows and headed up Finlayson Channel. In more protected
waters, the clouds began to rise and the sun broke through here and there. Pleasant cruising conditions at last.
Around noon we passed Klemto, a First Nation Village nestled behind a very tall mountain. This historic village has been a destination for many cruisers. We passed an interesting red pictograph as we approached, featuring a dugout canoe carrying several people with various styles of
head dresses. The village is famous for their big house with huge native-style figures painted on the front. We passed by, having visited the house on a previous trip. Next stop, the end of Alexander Inlet, a 5-mile long inlet a little further north. Our only companions here were Common
Merganzers fishing at end of day where a tidal stream drained out into our anchorage. Tomorrow we will explore the little stream and lake, and hopefully catch some crab and shrimp.

Repairing Boats in 'Exotic?' Places

21 May 2022 | Shearwater BC
George Stonecliffe
Cruising is all about repairing your boat in exotic places, as the saying goes! While working on the replacement of my diesel engine's fuel injectors, I had an ongoing conversation with another cruiser at the dock. I mentioned that we thought the ultimate cause was bad fuel and or rusting
forty year old fuel tanks. In the course of the conversation I mentioned that we had two other fuel tanks made of stainless steel that we didn't use because they weren't totally plumbed for use. A fuel tank needs a pick-up tube to supply the fuel from the tank to the engine. The engine uses
most of the fuel it accepts, but returns some unused fuel back to the tank. These two tanks don't have this return feature. The attraction to the stainless steel fuel tanks is that they are less than ten years old, and are in good shape in side. They wouldn't send any bad fuel to the engine.
So my next plan when in Prince Rupert is to seek out the hose, and creation of a return port in the inspection cover plate of the tank. Then we should be able to shift our use to the stainless steel fuel tanks. Although leaving out some details, this was an ah-hah moment! It's wonderful to
have other boaters helping boaters!

Coming to the Aid of another Sailboat

20 May 2022 | Kisameet Bay, BC
George Stonecliffe
After leaving Little Fry Pan Bay on Friday, we were motoring north in Fitz Hugh Sound when we heard a distress call to the Canadian Coast Guard. A sailboat was languishing with no wind, and their motor wasn't operational. They were slowly drifting with the current towards shore. We
were three hours away from them, but called in to the Coast Guard, and said we would try to help. After three hours, we arrived on scene. The wind had picked up, but they were struggling getting up their mainsail. We pulled along side, tied up to them, and moved them into the wind.
With some help, they were able to raise their mainsail. When they were in the wind, we released them. In the mean time, they had asked the Coast Guard to help contact towing services in Bella Bella to come and tow them to Shearwater where they would have a mechanic's help with their
engine. We stood off with them for four hours sailing until the tow tug arrived on scene at 1800. We said our good byes, and left for a nearby anchorage at Kisameet Bay on King Island for the night. Saw two Pacific Loons in the anchorage. All is well!

Rounding Cape Caution

19 May 2022 | Cape Caution, BC
George Stonecliffe
Why would the Explorers name a prominent land feature, 'Cape Caution'? Would it be for the rocks just off shore? Maybe the mixed seas coming in from the Pacific Ocean and through Queen Charlotte Sound? Maybe the winds blowing across a stretch of open ocean either from the
southeast or the northwest? For us, the name was appropriate for the forest of drifting logs that were in the water, taken off the local beaches after a full moon high tide! When the sea is stirred up, it is difficult to spot drifting logs that threaten your boat's safety should you hit one.
Today we left Blunden Harbour at 0600, starting in flat calm waters and sunshine. Then soon we ran into some boisterous currents pushing us forward. As we approached Cape Caution, we were having some engine rpm problem which was compensated by a friendly wind that we took
advantage of. Finally pulling into our anchorage, called Little Fry Pan, we were alone except for two red-necked grebes and an osprey. Sue kayaked around our new neighborhood while George worked on the engine rpm problem.

A Visit to Alert Bay

17 May 2022 | Port McNeil, BC
George Stonecliffe
Alert Bay is home base for the 'Namgis First Nation people. After a ferry ride from Port McNeil, we walked on a boardwalk along the short main street. Stopped for a burger and BLT for lunch. Then walked a mile in the opposite direction to the U'mista Cultural Center. One of the highlights
includes a time line showing prize artwork removed/taken to the 1893 Chicago World Exhibition, the Smithsonian, the NY Museum of American Indian Art, and private collections, and then being returned to the U'mista Cultural Center for its opening in 1980. Fabulous masks, button
blankets, talking sticks, potlatch coppers, and historic photographs are shared with visitors. The gift shop had native art work for sale, as well as lots of clothing, napkins, jewelry, postcards and so forth. We walked back to the ferry dock, where we were whisked away on one of their new
ferries back to Port McNeil. Although the weather was scattered showers, Sue noticed the sun predominated over the island of Alert Bay. Maybe that's why this First Nation people chose the island for their home baseA
Vessel Name: Julia Max
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Passport/Peterson Custom Ketch
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon, USA
Crew: George and Sue Stonecliffe
About: Fully vaccinated, we are positioning ourselves to head north through Canada to Alaska's amazing Glacier Bay NP and back. Have a wonderful summer. Cheers to all!
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