Tonight Beetle can be efound on B-dock at the Silva Bay Resort and Marina – pretty impressive sounding, and the place does have a nice restaurant in addition to showers (2 loonies) and laundry (3 loonie token). Silva Bay is super-protected and features a seriously narrow channel to enter – I do not know if Beetle would fit sideways in the channel, probably would but I don’t want to find out. The result is this is a popular place to be and to fit in as many boats as possible the bay is essentially filled with moorings and that doesn’t leave much room to swing at anchor – so I plunked for a night at the marina.
I was up and out fairly early from Montague this morning, I met the 8AM sea plane on his approach as I exited. It’s pretty crazy that the pilots are flying beneath the overhead hi-tension power lines (38 meter vertical clearance from the water) to get into the bay, and they do this routinely, as in multiple times per day. That would explain the big colored spheres strung along the power lines to make them visible to the pilots. Those pilots must be some pretty wild people to do that.
The run up the west side (inside) of the islands to Gabriola Passage was straightforward, and I was hoping to time my arrival at the narrow pass to be around slack, but I was early. Current was running -4.8 knots an hour before I got there (6 hours later it is supposed to run the other way at +5.7 knots) and the pass is actually pretty narrow so there’s a lot of water flowing through. Going upstream against the flow made things straightfoward as the flow slow downs the boat’s speed relative to the shore so I had lots of time to consider where rocks are when comparing the chart to what I see in front of me – it would not have been so much fun to be flying through with the current as there would be very little time to sort out any issues with where the nose might be pointed.
And then it was up and around some small islands just outside the pass, and voom it’s back to lots of boats in a small space. The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club has what they call an ‘out station’ here as well, as they own Tugboat Island on the other side of the bay, complete with nice docks for the club members, and there are many boats there as well tonight.
Tomorrow morning I’ll be out and headed over to the east side of Strait of Georgia, weather looks to be good with a forecast by Environment Canada of NW 10-15 knots – might get in some sailing! I’m aiming for the area east of Texada Island, there’s Blind Bay and Pender Harbour over that way that look like good places to stop, perhaps find a store, and then continue wandering up into Desolation Sound.
Silva Bay is a nice place to be, people are super nice, and it’s pretty darn quiet – not bad for getting in a night’s sleep. I hope the sea plane that was here earlier today at the dock one over from me does not have a crack-of-dawn charter flight coming in tomorrow morning – the sea plane route is directly in front the docks and will be guaranteed to get everybody up if it arrives early!