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

Bowen Island - Plumper Cove - Smuggler Cove

18 May 2017 | Bowen Island to Smuggler Cove via Plumper Cove
Ron
We left Bowen Island in search of fuel and spent probably 2 hours tracking up the passage only to find that the docks didn't have diesel. Oh well - the in's and out's of getting supplies as we go farther north.

We sailed for a bit in Howe Sound, bemoaning the fact that we could not get to Squamish and put in to allow us to go skiing at Whistler. That was the reason for us crossing the Strait of Georgia in such a southerly line. Not too many sailboats carrying skis, ski boots, poles, and other ski gear in the aft cabin!

We were headed for Smuggler Cove the following day to start moving towards Princess Louisa Inlet, as spectacular place on the BC Sunshine Coast as there is. We wanted to fill up with diesel, so we ended up getting fuel in Gibsons just opposite Plumper Cove Marine Park where we had decided to stay. The number of Provincial Parks in this part of BC is amazing; just about everywhere we go, there is a park to anchor in and/or hike in. Pretty neat.

Leaving Plumper Cove - we crossed Gibsons Shoal Channel (shoal - very rocky, shallow area). This is pretty interesting as the channel is over a mile wide - but has some very shallow spots that will actually catch a boat at low tide. We crossed at 9:00 am when the tide had just been high since just after 8:00 am and managed to find some spots in the crossing that were still only 22 feet deep. As soon as you are out of this shoal area you jump back into the Strait of Georgia and several hundred feet of water. Crazy geography.

We managed to sail for @ 2 or 3 hours just under our spinnaker - big, light sail for low winds - and made great time towards Smuggler Cove. This was the best sailing we had done to date on the trip.
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
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Created 2 April 2022
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Created 2 April 2022
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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
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Created 30 March 2022
National Park of two islands (Espiritu Santo and Partida) very close to La Paz. Beautiful hiking and snorkeling.
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Created 28 January 2022
Christmas in La Paz with family
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Created 28 January 2022
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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
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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
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Created 1 September 2021
Photos of the Powell River area and just prior to Desolation Sound proper
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Created 29 July 2017
Shots from the trip up and back and in the Inlet
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Created 29 July 2017
Pender Harbor photos
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Created 29 July 2017
Shots of the Cove and the hike we took
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Created 18 May 2017
Various photos along the way
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Created 18 May 2017
Shots of the Strait and Bowen Island activities
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Created 12 May 2017
Places we've eaten or had a drink along the way that we enjoyed
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Created 12 May 2017
Things we did in Ganges
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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
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Created 12 May 2017
Crossing the Strait of Juan de Fuca
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Created 29 April 2017
Photos of the boat and boat projects
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Created 27 April 2017