The sail up to Port Hardy was of course a beat but as we zoomed past Pultney Point at 11 knots, we were glad to have uncharacteristically gone with the current at least.
A couple of commercial fisherman were walking by the boat this morning, one said to me- “beautiful boat”. I said- “thanks”. He continued “so…..what the hell are you doin in Port Hardy?” I told him we’re preparing to leave, he seemed to think that leaving Port Hardy is the best thing about the place. I didn’t get a chance to mention that we actually like the place. It’s perfect for what we need to do. Remedial boat work. Appears we didn’t work hard enough during the school year and have to go to summer school instead of playing with the other kids. Well just for a while. We have a number of things we want to get done before heading off shore in August. The single side band radio and pactor modem are at the top of the list. These two together will give us the ability to get emails via the radio from almost anywhere which is how we’ll get weather info while at sea. But we left before the install was complete. So we’re having parts shipped here to the port marina. The rates are low and Stryker Marine Electronics right accross the street is amazingly well stocked. They have too much stuff-takes a long time to find stuff but they have it…somewhere. It’s to the point where they just roll their eyes and point me to the store room to search for DIN plugs, ferrite chokes or rf isolators.
The Van Isle 360 Race will overnight here tomorrow, so we’ll stay around for that. Big Party put on by the Chamber of Commerce. Bob and Peggy are the “roadies” for Neptune’s Car so they’ll be here (no Marley though, Lucy is bummed). They’re driving a van loaded with support gear and they meet the fleet at each stop around the island. the “Car” is in first place so far but it’s early. Sounds like Peter and Zig and doing pretty well on Ace. Today they’re beating up Johnstone Strait into 30 knots(?)…fun.
They have a pretty nice pool here, but they close for the summer on Saturday. We went to their lap swim today. The manager tells me that they may not reopen because the pool is almost 40 years old and that’s the max life of a pool. I said don’t let the BI Parks folks hear that. The Ray pool is almost 45 and going strong (just like a boat, just keep pouring money in-it’ll work) The local coffee shop is an ok place to get local gossip, the pub is better–but if you want the real low down, you always go to the lap swim at the local pool. We got it all today for sure.
So far this trip has been great for adjusting to living aboard and finishing the details of preparing the boat. We’re still down sizing as we go though. Not quite there yet. It’s going to be interesting with 7 of us on the Ha Ha…er…I mean 8, sorry Lucy.
From here, we’re planning to head around Cape Caution and cruise up to the Hakai Recreation Area and points north of Bella Bella. It’s been sunny and high 50s/low 60s here. Actually perfect for getting things done and we’re saving big bucks on sun screen.