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OldToby posted 04-29-2011 09:03 PM ET (US)   Profile for OldToby   Send Email to OldToby  
Greetings. My wife and I are planning a summer trip (late July) to the San Juan Islands, trailering our 1964 Eastport. One part of our plan (besides cruising Lake Washington/Lake Union and going through the Ballard Locks) is to put in at Anacortes and cross to Victoria for a few days. I've searched the forum here and really haven't found anything that addresses this specific subject (the Victoria crossing, that is). This may be due to my feeble searching skills, but the fact remains.....

I've talked to a few people who raise their eyebrows when I tell them that I'm going to take a 16 foot boat across to Victoria, given that the water thereabouts can get pretty choppy. However, we've Whalered further north along Vancouver Island (out of Telegraph Cove) in some pretty rough weather, and I don't really see too much difficulty in a crossing like that, barring gales or fog or something.

Can anyone offer advice for me about the crossing? And once into Victoria Harbour I'm guessing I'll be able to find moorage, but maybe I'm overly optimistic??

Any input would be welcome. Thanks!!

Toby Carlson
Hope, Idaho

Mambo Minnow posted 04-30-2011 10:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow  Send Email to Mambo Minnow     
I did this crossing in 1998, on a small ferry. I did not have my Whaler at the time. The currents are very strong, lots of commercial traffic and it can get choppy and foggy real quick!

Once you get to Victoria, BC (whether trailering or on the water), you will absolutely love it. The harbor is very quaint and accomodating to transient boaters from WA.

Some suggestions ashore. Visit the Victorian hotel on the waterfront for high tea at 3pm. Your significant other will enjoy that place/event. Also the public gardens are well known throughout the world. The tour of the provincial Parliament is interesting. Most of these places are in walking distance of downtown. It's spectacular at night all lit in white lights.

There are many great restaurants and shops to explore as well. I plan on going back with my wife and embarking on a cruise to Alaska there for our 20th wedding anniversary.

boatdryver posted 04-30-2011 11:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
I've made that trip many times in 40-58 footers and it is common to see 16-17 ft whalers out there between Roche and Victoria and Sydney.

The problem is in a boat that small you will want to pick the right days regarding wind and current so its's hard to adhere to a pre-conceived schedule.

JMARTIN, a CW regular, seems to live at Roche Harbor. see if you can email him.

Or you could post this question on the "Gam" where there is much more traffic.

JimL

OldToby posted 04-30-2011 11:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for OldToby  Send Email to OldToby     
Thanks for the info! We are really looking forward to our trip, thinking that we will be fine afoot for the time we're ashore; the Victoria downtown looks pretty compact. And I know that the tides and resulting currents are really active in the Sound, so we'll be setting our course to avoid the worst of it. I'll plan to post an account and a few photos when we get back!

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