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    Re: 5 day trip questions
    From: Dan Allen
    Date: 2003 Jun 11, 19:53 -0700

    On Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at 06:40 PM, Royer, Doug wrote:
    > Did you spend 5 days and nights on the water transiting the distance
    > or put into shore during this time?
    We ran in the daytime at between 5 and 25 knots.  We camped each night
    ashore, staying in Coupeville WA the first night, Nanaimo BC the second
    night, near Comox BC the next night, then Cornet Bay WA on the last
    night before returning to Seattle.
    > What were the sea and weather conditions?
    Not a cloud in the sky for 5 days, with temperatures up to 90+ degrees
    Fahrenheit!  The winds actually were 15-25 knots in the mornings and
    eased up to 5-10 knots in the afternoons.
    > Did you get to navigate, using conventional methods of coarse and what
    > were the results if any?
    It was GPS and charts, no celestial.  It was an 18' open Stabicraft
    with a Honda 90, and with 3-5 foot chop during some times the use of a
    sextant was not possible.  We never were far from shore, so celestial
    was not needed and only once did I see the horizon sufficiently far to
    use a sextant.
    > Most importantly did you get a chance to fish for or catch any Salmon
    > or Steelhead on this trip?
    This seems to be the question asked by most, but I am not a fisherman!
      Neither was the captain, so no fishing to report.  We did see many
    other fisherman out in the Strait of Georgia and around Campbell River
    The most interesting part of this trip was that is was supposed to be
    all the way to Alaska, but the camping did me in!  The captain of this
    boat has taken it on 5 round trips to Alaska, over 1000 nmi each way!
    He is from Alaska and uses a "loop line anchor" system that allows him
    to pull into a bay, run the boat up onto a beach, unload the boat, and
    then drop an anchor (if it was low-tide in this case), and tie the boat
    to a tree far ashore.  Then as the tide comes in the boat stays put in
    the water and when it is time to leave you can pull the boat in via the
    looped line to shore.  Then the boat is loaded up and then the line is
    pulled in until we are atop the anchor, and it is pulled up.
    We did this!  I felt like George Vancouver or one of the other early
    explorers around these parts.  It was a lot of work and it was the
    immense amount of work for someone out of shape (me) that caused me to
    not be relishing this work for a total of what would have been 30 days
    of travel.
    We may take the trip again but aboard my boat, which is large enough to
    not require camping ashore.
    It was a great experience though, and the real moral of the story is
    that one does not need an expensive vessel to do real exploration.

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