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Grace Harbor

sunny 68 °F

We decided to leave Prideaux Haven, having spent two nights there. Freeing the boat from the stern tie was much easier that getting tied in the first place. A quick dinghy trip to the rocky, oyster crusted shore to pull the line through the chain links. Easily and quickly done by pulling the dinghy along the lines. We off loaded to motor from the dinghy, a couple of minutes to raise the anchor and we were underway, having this view from the stern as we headed west.


Sailing was not an option, the water being glassy and the air being still. It may have taken an hour to get to the mouth of the Malaspina Inlet and we arrived with an ebbing tide on the bow. It was no more than 3 nm to get to the entrance of Grace Harbor, but the passage there was sinuous; many islands and rocks in the inlet. Not difficult, it just required a bit of caution with the current from the tide.

A turn to port and we were heading into the harbor. The harbor itself is like a balloon: a short, narrow entrance into a large open area. We had thought we would have to do our first unassisted stern tie here. We had the lines ready, and our minds prepared. When we got well into the harbor, we saw that only a couple of the dozen boats here were stern tied; the rest were at anchor. So, when in doubt, go with what you know. We put the bow into the wind and dropped the hook in about 25-ft. of water with a low-ish tide. This boat has an unusual, to us anyway, anchor rode: about 100-ft. of chain and 200-ft. of nylon rode. I know how to set the scope with either chain or nylon; I am not sure what the answer is for the two in combination. I, more or less, split the difference. Safe enough, I suppose.

Only after some of the places we have been so far would Grace Harbour rate a yawn. Really, not too much to be said about it. We are at the eastern end and there is open water to the west. Maybe a good sunset, about 2120 this evening; long days now as we approach the summer solstice. We may not be awake that late; we are on geriatric time now. On the plus side, it is rated to have good holding for anchors and is well protected from weather in any direction, of which we expect none.


I have been surprised, pleasantly, by the cell coverage up here. We are in the boonies and have a good 4G connection. So, the blog gets published.

We have already decided that we will stay only this one night and then we’ll head north to Gorge Harbor and, after that, Von Donop Marine Park.

Posted by sailziveli 12:58 Archived in Canada Tagged boats sea canada cruising sailboats salish

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