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BC Whaler Expedition 2003
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posted 08-25-2003 12:11 AM ET (US)
Here is an update on our recent trip which is about half over.
We left just before the power black out: good timing, eh?
I am writing this from the Minstrel Island Resort, British Columbia. We hauled the Whaler about 2,500-miles on the highway to LaConner, WA, put her into salt water, and headed north. That was 11-days ago.
We survived 107-degrees across Montana, towing, uphill! Guess the GMC Suburban can take it!
We are almost at the tip of Vancouver Island--the northern tip--but it is time to turn around and head back!
See you in a week or two. We have several hundred miles of water and another 2,500 of highway to go!
posted 08-25-2003 12:16 AM ET (US)
Now that is a heck of a road/water trip. Wish I was there- it is too hot in Tampa right now.
posted 08-25-2003 07:20 AM ET (US)
WOW! .....nice trip How are the gas prices? Have they gone through the roof up there? Take lots of photos.
posted 08-25-2003 12:38 PM ET (US)
$0.95 (Canadian) per liter for marine dyed fuel. You do the math. I just pulled out my credit card.
Jim - if you get this in time make sure you check out Mamalacula, an old Indian village site, and Robson Bite now well known as a killer whale gathering location. Both are at the north end of Johnstone Staight.
posted 08-25-2003 01:30 PM ET (US)
Jim didn't tell you that yesterday 12 Killer whales swam DIRECTLY under his boat while in the Johnstone Strait.
posted 08-25-2003 06:29 PM ET (US)
I jealous!!! How you are feeling good, boat is running good, and you are safely arriving home soon..
posted 08-25-2003 08:22 PM ET (US)
Hey Taylor, did you get up tp Desolation last week? We just got back. My gas card is still burning from the beating it took. I Probably saw you up there as there were a ton of whalers. I was suprised at the amount.
We put in at Cap Sante and motored to Prideux haven aprox. 130-140 miles North. On the way we came across J-pod the resident pod of killer whales on the north side of Pender Island. Probably a differnt group than the ones Jim saw as it sounds like he is farther north than that.
The next highlight was seeing the Tatoosh that runs around 225-240' reciently purchased by Paul Allen from Craig McCaw. We saw it while in Squirrel Cove. This boat had the nicest 38' Henckly built into the starboard side a beautiful 35-40' racing sailboat built into the port side a Grady white in case the bite is on and a jet chopper on the fan tail in case your in a hurry. I will post pics on my profile if anyone is curious. What a spectical/circus.
The last bit of excitement was while returning southbound, I was making a beeline between the south tip of Texada island and Nanimo (aprox. 35 miles open water)A large Canadian Nave plane buzzed me. After the third pass I noticed 2 navy ships about 5 miles S.W. of me and they were signaling me with a red spot light. I switched the VHF to channel 16 to contact them and ask if they needed to speak to me. The radio operator was very polite and informed me that they were performing excercizes using live ordinance and unless I wanted to be involved I should head hard right (west) and hug Vancouver Island. So I did.
Hope Jim gets the same Royal treatment pretty exciting stuff. He is having a great trip with great weather. It was a good attitude adjustment for me. Regards, Pete
posted 08-25-2003 08:32 PM ET (US)
P.S. I just noticed your thread...Guess that anwsers my question great pics. Regards, Pete
posted 09-03-2003 07:00 PM ET (US)
We just got home. Chris and I are both pooped out from the drive. We condensed it a bit on the return highway trip--cut out about half a day--even though we lost three hours going eastbound.
The trip was great. I will have a long narrative and pictures available later.
Gas prices peaked about $0.94/liter (Canadian) which is about $3.68/gallon (Canadian Dollars/US Gallons). That translates to about $2.66 per gallon (US Dollars/US Gallons).
I know we went over 700 miles, and our fuel economy was about 2.5 miles/gallon. This implies we bought about 280 gallons of gas. I will sort out the details later, but it sounds like about $700 in gas, or about a dollar a mile. As the old saying goes, "you can't buy a good time like this, and if you could it would be expensive."
On the road we averaged about 11-MPG, and we drove 5,000 miles. That sounds like another 450 gallons. The highway price was about $1.90/gallon on average, so another $850 in gasoline.
Chris keeps saying, "good thing the VISA card payment period splits this trip into two bills."
I guess we burned some hydrocarbons, about 4,400 pounds of them. That makes up for fifteen years of sailing.
The three weeks were great fun.
I have to go back to work tomorrow--boy that will be a challenge.
posted 09-03-2003 09:04 PM ET (US)
Welcome back guys - can't wait to see the photos and read the accounts.
posted 09-03-2003 10:48 PM ET (US)
Glad you had a good time.
posted 09-04-2003 12:53 PM ET (US)
Glad the trip went well! Pictures and narration will be worth the waiting.Welcome home ET.
posted 04-03-2004 11:10 AM ET (US)
I am still working on getting my notes organized from the trip and starting to write a narrative. Between LHG's film camera and my digital camera, we have about 400 photographs. I wish I could show you all of them!
Some better numbers are in for fuel expenses.
On the highway we travelled 4919.2 miles and burned 419.4 gallons of gasoline at a total cost of $748.45. We got an average of 11.7 MPG and our fuel was $1.785/gallon.
On the water we don't have a firm number for the distance, but we did consume about 325 gallons of gasoline for which we spent $773.80 US dollars. Marine fuel averaged about US$ 2.388/gallon or CA$ 0.883/liter.
The fuel in Canada averaged about US$ 2.415/gallon or CA$ 0.893/liter.
Typically we get about 2.5 MPG in the boat, and this seems to be about right for our estimated distance covered of about 800 miles under the keel.
The fuel was a major portion of the expenses of this trip. All on the water overnight accommodations were in our own boat. In several of the remote resort areas we visited it was not unusual to find overnight lodging was more than CA$400/night, and in one spot was as high as CA$ 1100/night/person! These were at very genteel lodges who clientele would typically arrive by sea plane. Bringing your own bedroom in the boat is a major savings!
At literally every stop, I am certain we were the smallest cruising boats. Our 18 and 20-foot Boston Whalers were often moored along 100-foot luxury expedition yachts. Even the local fishing boats were generally larger than our trailer boats.
We were able to stay at most docks for about CA$20-30 per night, which included shore facilities with showers as well as access to many excellent restaurants.
Our most expensive dining topped out at about CA$ 80 per meal, but this was the exception. Often we had simply wonderful meals at delightful shore side restaurants for very modest prices, CA$ 25-30 being more typical.
For someone like me who has grown up in the midwest and is accustomed to a rather limited vertical scale in his surroundings, boating in British Columbia was a majestic expansion. Cruising on the waters of the Pacific Ocean at sea level along a coast with 6,000 foot peaks right to shore was a new experience. It is something not to be missed!
The boating was generally very easy, as we were blessed with fair weather and light winds during the twelve days we were on the water of the 21-day trip.
Throughout the trip we were aided by a foreign exchange rate of $1.40 Canadian, which helped assuage some of the high prices we did encounter. However, every cent we spent purchased the trip of a lifetime. We regret not a single penny of it.
I truly hope to have more material to present, but it has been a slow process and your patience is appreciated. In the interim I offer this detailed itinerary:
08/20/2003 Friday Harbor, WA via San Juan Channel, via New Channel,
posted 04-03-2004 11:24 PM ET (US)
Here is one interesting image from the trip. This is a composite of 10 images to create a 180-degree panorama view. This was taken from north of Dean Point in the Pryce Channel, about ten miles up from the Desolation Sound area. It shows the view from roughly east through north to west, where it looks down Pryce Channel to Raza Island in the distance, about 6 miles west.
You can see Homfray Channel and Toba Inlet, as well as Channel Island, Double Island, and Elizabeth Island.
Many of the peaks seen are above 5,000 feet. We spent about 45 minutes just sitting here, drifting, with the engines off. It was extremely quiet. The scenery was inspiring.
A sharp eye will see two sailboats coming out of Toba Inlet, about two miles away from the camera in this setting.
posted 04-03-2004 11:24 PM ET (US)
posted 04-04-2004 12:13 PM ET (US)
posted 04-04-2004 06:19 PM ET (US)
When cruising this area in an 18 Outrage or 20 Revenge, 2500 miles from home, this is why you want twin engines on these small boats! I don't think it's an absurd idea.
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