As described in a previous blog, we decided to have our electrical system checked out after our inverter started to make unfamiliar (weird and unnatural) sounds. A decision was made to go to Canoe Cove Marina and Boatyard in North Saanich just north of Sidney and have the marina look at our electrical system and potentially fix/replace our inverter.
We left Jedediah Island on October 2nd and headed back to the Gulf Islands. As soon as we passed the southern portion of Jedediah Island, we came across a large colony of sea lions sunning themselves on a small island. Some of the males were not happy as we approached the island to try to take photos. They made lots of vocal noises and a few jumped into the water but did not come very close to the boat. Once we got into the Strait of Georgia, instead of going straight across we had to head south and then east instead of southeast as area Whiskey Golf (WG) was active (for naval activities) for the whole day and no vessels are allowed to cross this area when WG is active.
We were able to sail across the strait for about 4 hours and had good speeds up to 5.4 knots. Once we approached the Gulf Islands and Gabriola Island, the sails came down and the motor came back on. We transitted Gabriola Passage between Gabriola and Valdez islands close to slack time and with speeds up to 7 knots going with the ebb current. After travelling 43.3 nautical miles (NM) we arrived at Herring Bay (49°04.978’N, 123°42.842’W). The bay was tiny and we were not sure if we would be able to anchor with the amount of private mooring buoys in place but as we were about to make the decision whether or not to anchor a couple on shore recognized our boat from when we were in Squirrel Cove (Eddy and Dawn from Limelight IV, a catamaran) and told us to use one of the empty buoys that belonged to a friend. We appreciated this simple gift as it meant we did not have to drop the anchor and bring it back up! It was a beautiful and quiet night on the mooring buoy.
The following morning we left the bay and headed to Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park (48°53.738’N, 123°24.020’W) travelling 19.4 NM – no wind all the way there. We attached to one of the park’s mooring buoys for the night; so we had another quiet night without having to go to the effort of anchoring.
We left Montague Harbour on October 4th and headed to Canoe Cove Marina. The trip was uneventful and we motored again all the way to the marina. The entrance and approach to the marina is quite tight, with numerous little rocks close to the dock side where many boats have gotten in trouble by hitting them. Most are not on the charts, and only a couple have floating buoys marking them. Once docked, Rob contacted Simon at Canoe Cove to confirm that we were at the correct dock location for the upcoming work. Of course we weren’t and had to go further into the marina to the service dock (48°40.981’N, 123°24.182’W)! Oh well, more experience for us for docking! ~Sophia & Rob