We’re a little behind in blog writing and this is because our internet access can be hit-or-miss the further north we are moving. We are currently staying at the Back Eddy Marina in Egmont, BC, but will be leaving for Princess Lousia Inlet today. We decided to stay at a marina primarily to do laundry and repair our radar but also to top up on fuel before travelling further north as Egmont is the last place one can get fuel before going up towards Princess Louisa Inlet and Chatterbox Falls.
This blog entry is about our stay in Pender Harbour where we stayed from August 12-18, 2014. We pulled anchor and left Secret Cove in the early morning of August 12th with no high hopes of good wind based on the forecast. I actually thought we’d be motoring all the way to Pender but after a little bit of time we decided to raise the sails in very, very light winds. The winds were really deceiving and we ended up with a great sail all the way to the mouth of Pender Harbour although with an overcast sky and lots of logs floating around us in the entrance! We found anchorage in Hospital Bay in 50 ft of water (200ft of scope) which is one of many bays that make up the Pender Harbour area. Near to where we anchored, we had a great view of an old and cool bi-plane on a single float -US plane.
Aside from wanting to check out the Pender Harbour area, we also used Pender Harbour as a receiving point for our radar to be shipped back to us from the Furuno technicians up in Campbell River. This we thought would take a day or so but were sadly mistaken and had to wait for 6 days for our radar to be sent back to us by Purolator, while being anchored off and in front of some very high-end getaway homes in Hospital Bay with boats 3 times bigger than Blue Tale. We had a couple of nights of hard rain/lightening but the remainder was beautiful and sunny.
We spent the time there exploring the area of Hospital Bay and the more touristy bay of Madeira Bay. You can pretty much see everything in a day of exploring, but the area is worth visiting. Just a note, the guide books say you can do laundry at any of the marinas but this isn’t true. We couldn’t find anywhere in the Pender area that would allow us access to laundry much less showers unless of course you were staying at there marina! The only shower facilities we could use was in Madeira Bay at the public docks or in our cockpit with a shower bag. This area is also choked with loads of blackberry bushes that are just coming into season, very tasty!
We also came across some interesting boats that probably could be bought for a steal! I think one might have been Capt’ Ron’s (from the movie Captain Ron) or a spare boat for Capt’ Jack Sparrow to use.
Our radar components did finally come into the post office here in Hospital Bay the day we were leaving (Monday). In the end we visited almost every bay in Pender Harbour including Garden Bay, Gerrans Bay and Gunboatboat Bay with our trusty dinghy! Our next access to email would most likely be in Powell River, after coming back rom Princess Louisa Inlet.
Cheers – Rob & Sophia