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Aug 2011, N. Coast Chatham sound ocean canoeing
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Author:  aaront [ August 14th, 2011, 1:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Aug 2011, N. Coast Chatham sound ocean canoeing

I have trip photos from last years paddle south of Prince Rupert to upload another time, but here are recent photos from an ocean paddling trip in Chatham sound near Prince Rupert. ... directlink ... directlink

Many highlights, but biggest is the incredible value of a Wind Paddle sail for ocean canoeing. We managed to cover 116kms in 4 days of fairly easy travel (~8:00 am to 3:00 pm), probally 2/3 of it under sail. This gave us the energy that when we needed to paddle we could approach marathon style cadence and move a heavily loaded boat at a comfortable 3.5 kt. Highly recommend the rig.

Other highlights include catching a 10lb spring salmon trolling on handline while under sail, making and eating fresh cold smoked "sushi" for 3 days, getting divebombed by auklets on Lucy, generally great weather, a 3 hour 7.5 (~14km) nm crossing under sail with the occasional wave falling on to the rear deck, and some great visits with the merry cast of coastal characters in Dodge Cove and Prince Rupert. Even got sent home with a 2x8 slab of air dried clear yellow cedar for laminating up a paddle!

The 18.5' Hellman Cruiser is a very good ocean boat. Took out the thwart to make loading easier. My only caution with canoes on the ocean (aside from the usual!) is following seas require effort to keep the boat from broaching when it surges due to lack of rudder or skeg and increased windage of craft. Having the sail for those conditions completely alleviates the broaching tendency. I prototyped a storm sail for higher wind conditions, it is close but needs more work. The WindPaddle so far feels good into the 20 kt range, but I want a smaller storm sail incase things build into the higher 20's unexpectedly. Also, for each paddler bring 1 long large bladed whitewater blade for bigger seas when you need to control the boat, and one short bladed or bent shaft for high cadence covering ground.

Author:  Canoeheadted [ August 16th, 2011, 10:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Aug 2011, N. Coast Chatham sound ocean canoeing

Thanks for the TR Aaron! :clap:

We're looking to make a trip to Wewanee or Bishop Bay hotsprings in the future.
Look forward to more...

Take care.

Author:  aaront [ August 18th, 2011, 9:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Aug 2011, N. Coast Chatham sound ocean canoeing

Hi Ted, I was planning a trip south of Kitimat last year but the inflow winds were 20+kt at the time we arrived at Kitimat. We changed plans and paddled from Rupert down past Kitkatla. From what I gather from Kitimat locals it sounds like a good way to see the hotsprings may be taking the ferry from Rupert to Hartley bay, and paddling north. Don't take my word for it, but worth doing a bit more research to see how common the inflow winds are (low pressure blow in, and warm high pressure generates daytime warming and lift off the mountains, also resulting in inflow). The north coast sure is under utilized.

I just remembered I said I would get you some Kispiox river info last year. Here is a google earth file I made for the river. I have paddled from the confluence of the Sweedin down, and the upper part below swan lakes is only based on Google earth research (one big canyon needing portage).

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