|Bar Harbor Marina in Ketchikan - A calm day for rounding Dixon Entrance|
Today is our first day on the move as we head out of Ketchikan towards La Conner.
4:30AM It is light out early up here! I woke up twenty minutes before my alarm clock rang. Wind and weather conditions are calm. Should be a good day for crossing Dixon Entrance. Our days destination is Prince Rupert, British Columbia. This is one of the two open water legs where the route is exposed to the Pacific Ocean. Today's conditions look very favorable.
4:50AM Checked the engine and systems, fired up the Ford Lehman 135hp engine.
5:10AM We have La Rose untied and unplugged. We leave the slip at Bar Harbor Marina.
5:20AM Engine quits. Damn! A quick check showed high vacuum on the Racor fuel filter, we switched the lever on the twin Racor filters and she fired right back up. I changed out the old filter and put in a fresh 10-micron; she ran great for the balance of the day. Dual Racors are great!
|Moxie - American Tug 485-04 at Dixon Entrance|
|Brown Eyes - American Tug 485-03 at Dixon Entrance|
12:05PM Spoke with the American Tug 485 hull #3 as Brown Eyes was rounding Dixon heading north towards Ketchikan today. We were about 1-mile further offshore. Saw American Tug 485 hull #4 Moxie and also Lily, the American Tug 365 hull #12 which I have for sale.
|Lily - American Tug 365-12 at Dixon Entrance|
3:30PM Entered Venn Passage, the back door into Prince Rupert
5:15PM Tied up at the Prince Rupert Rowing and Yacht Club. Friendly Yacht Club.
A good day on the water, 85 miles and rounded one of the obstacles along this path. Tomorrow we enter the Fjords and a 50-mile day towards Lowe Inlet, near the Evening Point Convergence.
Be sure to download one of my Inside Passage Distance Tables. A helpful route planning and timing guide for optimizing the currents. Get one here.
Thanks for following along! Steve