Cruising Desolation Sound & Beyond...

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by NaughtyDog, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. NaughtyDog

    NaughtyDog Member

    210
    Sep 29, 2013
    Surrey, B.C.
    2001 Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge
    AB 320 VS RIB w/25hp Merc 2-strk
    3126 Cats, propped @ 22x23
    We have been cruising the San Juan's, Gulf island's, Sunshine Coast and most parts of Desolation Sound for 7-8 years. Each year we try to creep a little further North and explore new areas. To date the furthest north we have explored is Dent Rapids, Hole in the Wall and Octopus Islands. Our home port is Crescent Beach Marina in S.Surrey/Whiterock (15 minutes from the CAN/US border). This year we have some friends joining us from Adelaide, Australia for our 4 ½ week cruise so really looking forward to showing off our beautiful province. I'm looking for suggestions of popular destinations between Desolation and The Broughtons. I thought I would start a post for anyone to share their cruising experiences in the area, where their favourite spots are and any tips for cruising the area. I don't think we would make it as far as the Broughtons but one never knows. It would be awesome if you shared a photo of you enjoying the area or your favourite destination too! Here are some of our favourites...

    Toba Inlet
    IMG_0920.jpg

    Rope Swing in Laura Cove
    IMG_0935.jpg

    Oyster shooters in Pendrell Sound
    DSC_0143.jpg

    Anchored off Raza Point
    File 2015-08-05, 11 35 08 AM.jpg

    Chillin in Squirrel Cove
    IMG_4011.jpg

    Frenchman's Cove in Halfmoon Bay (not in Desolation but a cool pic of our Searay raftup)
    IMG_3941.jpg

    Gorge Harbour on Cortez Isl.
    IMG_3980.jpg
     
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2016
  2. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    How much time do you have. When we worked we could make it to Port Hardy and back to Ladysmith in 3 weeks.
     
  3. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    Yer makin' me homesick Dude. I used to live up there and always said, when the sun shines there is no better boating the PNW. Great pics, thanks for sharing.
     
  4. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Beautiful photos all . Thanks for sharing them with us. One of these years in the not too distant future we're going to spend 3-4 months up there and probably go as far up as Blind Channel before heading south again.
     
  5. LG111

    LG111 Active Member

    419
    Jan 4, 2015
    NW
    410
    8.1
    From Seattle area and love those locations!
    Cheers!
     
  6. BritLady

    BritLady Active Member

    Jul 30, 2011
    FL West Coast
    2006 - 340 SeaRay Sundancer, Garmin 840XS GPS & Garmin 7401XS GPS
    2013 - Mercury 280 RIB Dink 8'10"
    Inboard 8.1 Horizon Mercruiser & 2015 6HP Tohatsu O/B.
    Beautiful! Just loved it when we lived up there for awhile. Must go back again, you reminded me of how great it is when the sun shines:)
     
  7. BritLady

    BritLady Active Member

    Jul 30, 2011
    FL West Coast
    2006 - 340 SeaRay Sundancer, Garmin 840XS GPS & Garmin 7401XS GPS
    2013 - Mercury 280 RIB Dink 8'10"
    Inboard 8.1 Horizon Mercruiser & 2015 6HP Tohatsu O/B.
    Beautiful! Just loved it when we lived up in that area for awhile. Must go back again, you reminded me of how great it is when the sun shines:)
     
  8. Westie

    Westie Active Member

    Oct 16, 2008
    Calgary
    2001 260 Sundancer towed with the power of an IFORCE V8
    7.4 L Bravo III
  9. NaughtyDog

    NaughtyDog Member

    210
    Sep 29, 2013
    Surrey, B.C.
    2001 Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge
    AB 320 VS RIB w/25hp Merc 2-strk
    3126 Cats, propped @ 22x23
    The current plan is to head to Vancouver's harbour for 3-4 days to take in the fireworks then spend the next 4 weeks heading north and back again.
     
  10. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    If you have 4 weeks you can make it Port Hardy and back with little effort. We are away for the winter but return home in April if you PM then I can send you some of our logs with location and general information.
    Some years it is cold and wet other years it is sunny. In 2014 we spent 5 days anchored in one area because of high winds. As I tell the people that visit us book your return home airfare on a ticket you can change the date on.
     

Share This Page

Show Sidebar