B.C. Lighthouse De-staffing Considered (Again)

The Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) sent an alert that on extremely short notice, the Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans would be in B.C., holding hearings on a proposal to de-staff coastal lighthouses. This proposal was considered in 2009, but postponed after loud protests. Now it’s back again. Although I cannot attend the hearings, I…

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2011 Report #5 from Prideaux Haven to Seattle

About weather forecasts Weather forecasts can be wrong. The forecast for the northern Strait of Georgia was for light winds, maybe 10 knots. And that’s what we found when we left Prideaux Haven, southbound to Pender Harbour. That’s what it was when we passed Lund, and Powell River/Westview, and even when we were halfway down…

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2011 Report #4 from Port Hardy to Prideaux Haven

Port Hardy Port Hardy is at the top of Vancouver Island. It’s mainly a fishing town these days, large seine boats, gillnetters. Also sport fishing boats. They catch a lot of fish out of Port Hardy, big ones, too. Downtown, if you can call it that, is a line of one- and two-story storefront buildings,…

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2011 Report #3—Cape Caution: A Tale of Two Roundings

I do apologize to Charles Dickens for that one, but it seemed appropriate. We thought we had Cape Caution figured out. On the way north we didn’t. Our plan for rounding Cape Caution in what passes for comfort has four components. First, we go on a flood tide only. The flood lengthens the distance between…

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2011 Report #2 from Squirrel Cove to Port McNeill

We haven’t been trying to update everything as in the past, but we do have some updates. The Squirrel Cove item in particular is urgent. Squirrel Cove The best-kept secret on the Coast is the proposed marina, fuel dock and aquaculture development for the Squirrel Cove anchorage in Desolation Sound. I say best-kept secret because…

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