Boatbuilding Blog

June 3, 2013

Princess Louisa Inlet

Filed under: Longer Trips — tomlarkin @ 11:27 pm

Princess Louisa Inlet is about 4 miles long, ringed by snow-capped mountains, and is very beautiful. It’s also a real pain to get to. It’s at the end of a 32-mile long fjord, with no safe anchorage anywhere along the way. To get in the inlet, you have to go through a narrow, twisty rapids, which are only safe to traverse at slack tide. The night before, I stayed at a marina right on the waterway, with 4 knot currents passing under the boat all night. It sounded like I was on a river. I woke at 4 AM to make the 5-hour trip so I could catch the 10 AM slack. I passed a single boat the whole trip up, and there were almost no houses on the way. It was spooky in the rain and fog of early morning.

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The mountains on the way in were snow-covered, and waterfalls fell a thousand feet into the salt water.
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This was the only sunlight I saw in 3 days.
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The passage through the rapids was uneventful, and then I realized the long trip was worth it.DSC_0077

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The view from the dock, with Chatterbox Falls in the background. I hung out for a while with Clark and Nina on the beautiful 42’ trimaran that Clark built.
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There were waterfalls everywhere, tumbling vertically down the cliffs.
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I played with the self-timer on the long trip back.
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And then I played with making panoramas.
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This marked day 17 and the northern-most portion of my trip. From here I head south down the Vancouver side of the Straights of Georgia, and get home in two weeks.

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