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.


The mountains on the way in were snow-covered, and waterfalls fell a thousand feet into the salt water.

This was the only sunlight I saw in 3 days.

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.

There were waterfalls everywhere, tumbling vertically down the cliffs.
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I played with the self-timer on the long trip back.

And then I played with making panoramas.


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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