On the Inside Passage – Mark’s Cruise Report

After the short run from Port McNeill to the Alert Bay Boat Harbour docks in the fog, it was up to the U’Mista Cultural Centre museum to photograph the collection of potlatch regalia confiscated by the government in the 1921, when the potlatch was outlawed. I was thrilled to be given permission to photograph the…

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Schafer’s Blog 9: Being Manly Men

Wednesday, June 6a.m. The next morning we decided that instead of another hike, we’d take the extra time to go the long way around to our next destination so that we could cruise the Haro Strait and look for whales. No one had seen any for about a week, but if there were any, the…

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Schafer’s Blog 8: Here, Pretty Birdy!

Tuesday, June 5p.m. There is one attraction that is not listed in the guidebooks, but all the residents told us about it. A retired deputy sheriff likes to feed the eagles and foxes so every day at about 5:00p.m.. He spreads a bucket of scraps along the edge of a wooded area. Despite the weather…

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Schafer’s Blog 7: Taking the Long Way

Tuesday, June 5 a.m. Surprisingly, one of the famous tourist attractions on Roche Harbor is a mausoleum. The McMillin family set up a tableau that represents their expected reunion after death. It’s a stone table surrounded by stone and concrete chairs. Each chair holds the ashes of one of the family members and ‘sets the…

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Changes in Douglas Channel, Gardner Canal

We spent a week in Gardner Canal, with our friends on Osprey, off Douglas Channel. Fantastic area, 6000 ft mountains straight out of the water. One easily accessible hot spring, a couple of dinghy rivers, but not much wild life. Mostly steep sided so anchoring can be a challenge, bring lots of rode. The river…

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Schafer’s Blog 6: Snug is Better Than Brave

Monday, June 4 p.m. Our biggest single use of fresh water was to wash off the anchor and chain each time we brought it aboard. The mud just had to come off or it would cake solid, and it was a good idea to rinse off the salt water before sending the chain into a…

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Schafer’s Blog 5: Hurry is Not On the Program

Monday, June 4 a.m. The ladies found a laundromat and shower in the marina, and the one thing on Hele Mai that wasn’t really effective was the combined washer/dryer unit. So they decided to do some washing of clothes and bodies on Monday morning. It was a bit cool so we turned on the electric…

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Schafer’s Blog 3: How Much Does This Boat Cost?!

Sunday, June 3 a.m. One of the questions to be resolved was just how much instruction Matt and I would need to be signed off to run the Hele Mai by ourselves. With no more boating resume than we had (all on a lot smaller boats), it would typically require at least three days of…

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Schafer’s Blog 2: We’re Cruising Now!

Saturday, June 2 p.m. It was an adjustment to realize that we weren’t renting Hele Mai by the hour. That seems subtle, but it means that the only cost associated with operating is fuel so as long as we got where we wanted to be by dark, the slower the better. Hele Mai can cruise…

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Schafer’s Blog 1: Round and Round We Go

June 2, 2012 There were a few minor maintenance things the charter company still had to do on Saturday morning and both the maintenance guy and our instructor were scheduled to show up around 9:00. We could all have slept until 8:00 local and been fine, but I was up at 4:30. One might guess…

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Schafer’s 2012 Blog – San Juan Islands

Bob Schafer and his family recently completed a bareboat cruise in the San Juan Islands on a Defever 46. It was their first time to run any boat larger than a ski runabout and part of an adventure to learn how to run one. To that end, they had an instructor for the first couple…

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