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Mikelson 57 – 2017 Northwest Adventure, Part I

THE ADVENTURES OF A MIKELSON 57 IN AN OCEAN OF LOGS
This blog will document the travels of a 2008 Mikelson 57 sport
fisher owned by Jon and Connie Bivens of Upland, CA., the boat
referred to as RHII. You can follow RHIII’s progress on
marinetraffic.com.

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In 2010 after having spent the past year and a half in La Paz and
Puerto Vallarta, MX, we decided that it would be fun to explore
the Pacific Northwest waters with RHIII. A cargo ship loaded our
boat in La Paz and 2 weeks later she arrived in Victoria, BC.
Our original intent was to keep the boat up here for one Summer
and then take it somewhere else. Here we are seven years later
and RHIII is still in the Northwest; the Port of Sidney Marina to be
more precise. A wonderful marina on Vancouver Island, 15 miles
north of Victoria with immediate access to the San Juan and Gulf
Islands. This location literally has thousands of places to visit
with a boat.

Our latest adventure with RHIII will be documented in this blog;
An Ocean of Logs. A boating trip to the Broughtons Archapeligo,
located east of the northern tip of Vancouver Island
Day zero; 7/26 guests John and Karen from Orange County in So.
Cal. arrived on the Clipper from Seattle. They drove up from
Olympia in their “land yacht dinghey” (a Jeep towed behind their
beautiful motor home).

Provisioning begins at a local Costco for the big stuff with fill-ins
form local stores in Sidney. Hundreds of dollars later and hours of
trekking back and forth from the fully loaded car to our boat at
the end of the marina, we were almost ready to start the
Broughtons adventure. RHIII was having all of her internal fluids
and filters changed. Several fuel hoses were showing their age so
replacements were ordered and installed. 5:00 PM, good to go at
last. But first a good meal and a nights sleep.
Day one; 7/27; 10:00 AM departure time.
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Our first leg will be a 39 NM run to Silva Bay Marina; a nice little
bay just below Nanaimo on the edge of the Strait of Georgia. A
frequent launching point for runs to Vancouver. Minimal wind
blowing when we depart from Sidney and an easy run up the
inside passages thru Gabriola Pass right at slack current. Arrival
timing of the narrow passes can be critical as the currents can
flow up to 10 to 12 KTS. These currents are definitely dangerous
conditions even for larger boats. Under powered boats or sail
boats must time their arrivals at “slack” or wait for the next slack
(6 hours later). Cruised at 10 to 13 KTS all the way up, dodging
telephone pole sized floating logs.

Looking for logs all the time.

We are at the blue dot, Silva Bay Marina. Sidney is down where it
says North Saanich.

RHIII ran smoothly with no issues, she apparently liked her new
fluids. There are quite a few boaters running in all directions as
this is the high season for boating in the Gulf Islands. Beautiful
blue sky with high 70’s air temp; the water temp is another story;
mid 50’s most of the time. Time for some adult fluids, a great
meal and firming up our day two plan which will be a 56 NM run
North to Tribune Bay on Hornby Island. We will be anchoring in
the bay for the night.

By for now!!