Left for a multi-day cruise to Princess Louisa Inlet with a friend on board and two friends on another boat called ‘SeaBird’ (a 37′ sail boat). We left despite the less-than-ideal weather forecast – at least it was not going to be windy! It was an early departure and the plan was to get through Sechelt Rapids and Malibu Rapids in the same day. This went off without a ‘hitch’.
I slow cooked a chicken in the oven and we arrived at dinner time – perfect!
We arrived before dark. Pretty thick with fog.
We got together in Euphemia’s wheel house for dinner and some socializing. It snowed while we sat warm and snug. About an inch of snow accumulated before we all ‘called it a day’.
I tested the spot light and was pleasantly surprised to find that it works very well. So that off-road spot light in there is a winner.
Went for a walk on the dock before going to bed. I thought to myself that Ansel Adams would have been excited to be here and now.
The snow was still on the dock/boats/ground when I finally climbed out (around 10am) but it melted soon after.
The fog cleared up a bit (but not entirely) and made for an interesting and ever changing view. We watched some minor avalanches and went for walks.
Bryce (Sunshine Coast Tours) came in with a group – which stayed for about 1.5 hours.
Sunshine Coast Air came in with a couple of guests who stayed for about 1 hour.
We, once again, gathered in the Euphemia wheel house for dinner and some socializing.
Another morning (and early rise this time) and yet a different perspective on the mountains.
I decided to make some breakfast. The bacon and eggs was straight forward but I wanted to see how the ‘toaster’ would work. I tried it on the stove-top and it was kinda working. I removed the lid and exposed the flames to see if I could do better.
I was itching to go by 8am. I noticed that the tide had been high for awhile and was likley to start dropping. I woke up Bruce (in ‘Sea Bird’) to ensure that they had some lead time. Hugh and I departed soon after with ‘Sea Bird’ to catch up to our slow pace. We both went through Malibu Rapids at a perfect slack.
Our next goal was Sechelt Rapids where we were to, just, catch a slack. I was on and off the computer all day.
I received an image (via text) of us slipping through Egmont. This from a friend who also owns a classic wooden boat. That was kinda cool/fun – we had been ‘boat spotted’!
I am submitting this update as we approach Tillicum Bay Marina. A good adventure for certain. Now back to some maintenance. I need to get the amps from the alternators to show as I have doubts about both working (one is working for sure). I have also identified a number of leaks (thanks to the rain and snow). So I will re-bed the mast mount, a brass mushroom vent, and some work needs to be done around the skylight. The rest should get sorted when I re-canvas the wheel house roof. I was pleased to find out (by accident) that the house batteries can run the fridg/lights *AND* one of the space heaters for at least 12 hours (blush). Good stuff.