The Broughton Archipelago and Thoughts on Cruising Guides

DSCF1174The Broughton Archipelago is located east of Vancouver Island and made up of hundreds of islets and a few big islands. It is the farthest north we are able to travel this summer as work is calling…

A Note About Sailing Guides
We have a collection of over ten cruising guides for our area on board. Most of them haven’t been updated in years and contain a lot of outdated information. Some guides add a new date to the cover but don’t actually go out and confirm the information. We made a stop where we were expecting a small grocery store that was mentioned in a couple of our guides – it had been closed for several years. In Mexico I was nearly arrested on a beach that was praised in our cruising guide.

Our favorite guides on this trip have been the Salish Sea Pilots (I only wish they made guides north of Desolation Sound – though I hear there are plans). They have a chartlet for EVERY listed anchorage showing exactly where to anchor and attach to the shoreline – most guides simply write a short blurb about the destinations. The Salish Sea Pilots are only available electronically, which at first I thought was a drawback but it makes them easy to navigate, zoom, search and switch back and forth between the overview chart and the chartlet.

DSCF1928 DSCF1904 DSCF1884 Most of the coast line up here is made up of dense trees. We finally found a white (shell) beach. These shell beaches are ancient middens and some are protected as archeological sites.DSCF1807DSCF1820 I have a kayak and Mike has a SUP. Both are inflatable to minimize damage to the big boat and to be able to easily store them when if not needed (when inflated we use this storage rack). They are also much easier to use to go to shore. The tides are quite large here so a dinghy could easily float away or end up high and dry. It is much quicker to launch and beach a kayak or SUP than a heavy dinghy with a 15hp outboard. Mike likes to use the SUP to run our lines to shore, too. DSCF1815  I always have a few sarongs/pareos on hand to make shade. DSCF1742 Lion’s Mane Jellyfish – the largest known jellyfish.DSCF1731 Underway to the next destination.DSCF1617 DSCF1600 DSCF1561  We haven’t been doing too well with the shrimp pot but we have been eating a lot of fresh crab!DSCF1539 DSCF1533 Witch’s Hair = clean airDSCF1526 DSCF1489 Happy hour aboard the Limerick.DSCF1447 “Sometimes” it rains and we have to stay inside or bundle up.DSCF1405DSCF1361 DSCF1397 DSCF1388 DSCF1381  Watch standing, whale watching and enjoying a freshly baked scone. All from the comfort of a dry, heated cabin. That’s Trawler-Life. DSCF1327 DSCF1318 The vase is attached with museum putty which I re-use endlessly. DSCF1316 DSCF1303 DSCF1280 DSCF1263 DSCF1244 DSCF1236 DSCF1218 DSCF1191 We like to tie to shore to keep the boat from sailing around at anchor. DSCF1179