Cruising on Just Lucky

The travels of the sailboat Just Lucky and the able crew

02 April 2022
02 April 2022
30 March 2022
30 March 2022 | Above Ensenada Grande
28 January 2022
17 December 2021
17 December 2021
17 December 2021
16 December 2021
16 December 2021
16 December 2021
13 October 2021
13 October 2021 | Avila Beach
22 September 2021
01 September 2021
11 August 2021
18 December 2017 | Sitka, AK
12 December 2017 | Sitka

The Minefield

01 May 2017 | En route to Sydney
Ron
(Note: Catching up on some days for the trip. After a while I will probably not try to have a daily post; but will do write and try to cover what we did over a few days. We have been out of cell / wi-fi range for a while so this will cover a bit of ground.)

After spending a couple of days in Oak Bay, we left for Sydney in an overcast morning. Once again motoring and not sailing - such is the torment of the Pacific Northwest (PNW) sailor a large part of the time. We went out through several obstructions that were clearly marked. About halfway to Sydney, we came to many that were poorly marked.

Crab traps. Strings of them across the passage. In Canada, the marking of the trap location did not follow what the rules are in the US; very conspicuous red and white buoys. We saw many traps marked with only one or two very small dark floats. Some no larger than 6" diameter and about a foot long. Several times we almost ran over one, only dodging it at the last minute. You don't want to catch one; the line could easily foul your prop and put your boat out of action.

We successfully navigated the trap minefield and managed to get some fuel in Sydney. When we looked at places to anchor, we discovered what many regular Northbound sailors already knew. A large part of many anchorages in Canada are now taken up by private mooring floats. It seems that the rules for now are a little bit of a free for all, with little regulation and folks are putting out moorings even if they do not have a boat. From what I understand, the rules are supposed to change soon, so the potential value of any existing mooring may go up.

Land speculation on the water!

Since boats on a mooring do no behave the same in wind or tide shifts as a boat at anchor, it is very difficult to anchor with them. So off we went to find a nice quiet spot to ourselves - and find one we did!
Comments
Vessel Name: Just Lucky
Vessel Make/Model: Pacific Seacraft 40
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Ron & Kirsten Risden
About: Retired and seeking new places to travel to and explore. Traveling up the Inside Passage to SE Alaska and exploring the coast along the way.
Just Lucky's Photos - Main
3 Photos
Created 2 April 2022
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Created 2 April 2022
6 Photos
Created 30 March 2022
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Created 30 March 2022
Visited the islands outside La Paz after leaving that great city for the second time
5 Photos
Created 30 March 2022
National Park of two islands (Espiritu Santo and Partida) very close to La Paz. Beautiful hiking and snorkeling.
6 Photos
Created 28 January 2022
Christmas in La Paz with family
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Created 28 January 2022
5 Photos
Created 17 December 2021
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Created 17 December 2021
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Created 16 December 2021
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Created 16 December 2021
Baha Haha Event
7 Photos
Created 16 December 2021
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Created 13 October 2021
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Created 13 October 2021
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Created 22 September 2021
Local highlights
6 Photos
Created 1 September 2021
Photos of the Powell River area and just prior to Desolation Sound proper
5 Photos
Created 29 July 2017
Shots from the trip up and back and in the Inlet
6 Photos
Created 29 July 2017
Pender Harbor photos
4 Photos
Created 29 July 2017
Shots of the Cove and the hike we took
4 Photos
Created 18 May 2017
Various photos along the way
3 Photos
Created 18 May 2017
Shots of the Strait and Bowen Island activities
4 Photos
Created 12 May 2017
Places we've eaten or had a drink along the way that we enjoyed
7 Photos
Created 12 May 2017
Things we did in Ganges
5 Photos
Created 12 May 2017
Boats and other vehicles or mechanical items I've seen along the way that I thought were cool or looked very nice
5 Photos
Created 12 May 2017
Crossing the Strait of Juan de Fuca
2 Photos
Created 29 April 2017
Photos of the boat and boat projects
9 Photos
Created 27 April 2017