Sea Jay Goes North 2011

Sea Jay Goes North  2011
Dawes Glacier Endicott Arm Alaska

Monday, July 27, 2009

July 19

Sunday July 19, 2009
The Colliers and Stewarts headed south to Kayak Cove the Timm’s and Matheson’s are headed north to Ellerslie Bay.

July 20 & 21 Ellerslie Bay

Ellerslie Bay is arguably one of the most beautiful anchorages on the west coast.

We anchored at the head of the bay and had a very nice Prawn Dinner. Next morning we set the prawn pots then headed outside the bay at high slack tide to do some bottom fishing. Gary found a suitable “high Plateau” and using large jigs loaded with octopus bait we caught 7 fairly large Red Snapper and they were wonderful pan fried with a light dusting of bread crumbs toped off with crab cocktails. Next morning we pulled the prawn pots and they had nothing in them. Very disappointing.

On July 21st we headed for Klemtu an Indian village settled by two tribes. We stopped for fuel and water and called on channel 6 for a tour of the Long House. I got Francis on the radio and he said he would meet us there and that it was a short 15 minute walk around the bay.

Soooo we walked to the Long House and it was an n interesting walk to see the First Nation people and their lack of concern with junk in their yards. The road was paved for a short distance then turn into a dirt trail that was downtown Klemtu. It was a hot day and when we arrived at the Long House we were pretty warm. There was Francis sitting on a folding chair just outside of the back door to the Long House. Francis , a 72 year old senior elder of the tribe was difficult to understand at first and seemed to ramble on about the Eagle, the Bears and the Orca. After about 30 minutes standing outside the long House being eating by Black Flies Francis took us to the front entrance were we stood for another short time for a story about the Spirit bear which was actually very interesting. Then he opened the door and we went inside to see a beautiful structure with enormous Cedar timbers holding the hoof with an open covered area in the center which is to act as a chimney when they had their fire pit in action . There were bleachers on two sides with a sand floor and an 8 foot in diameter stone fire pit on the center of the floor. At the opposite end were very large Totem cedar carvings and a hollowed out log which is used like a drum for up to ten drum beaters. Francis said to use only the left hand when striking the log. The sound was awesome to say the least.

We got Francis to call a cab to get us back and it was a run out mini van with no suspension, no muffler and I got to ride in the rear compartment behind the back seat over the pot holes and ruts. We all decided that it was a worth while stop to see Klemtu and the Long House.

That night we anchored at the head of Alexander inlet which was a very windy muddy passage about 5 miles long.

July 22nd 2009

We pulled anchor and headed for Kutze Inlet. Upon entering the inlet I gat a radio call from a fishing boat that was traveling nearby and he gave us directions on entering the bay and where to anchor. He was a retired commercial fisherman with his wife and grandson and we anchored at the head of the Inlet just opposite from a wonderful waterfall that must have been several thousand feet in height . This is truly one of the most beautiful anchorages we have experienced in our 30 years of boating. We were just off the drying grassy flats between where the Kutze River enters the Bay and The waterfall. At low tide there were dozens of eagles sitting on the mud flats. Wayne the fisherman said that we may see Grizzles on the grassy flats. We shall see.

We celebrated Cheryl 65th birthday and Lenore provided a super pork roast dinner complete with a round cake filled with apple pie filling. It was outstanding.

July 23rd

We went to the river in the F 16 a crossed the channel to look for brown bears and saw none. Set the crab pot and got only one nice male crab.

Tomorrow we go to Butedale only 8 miles away.

July 24

Stopped at Butedale and decided the dock was not safe so we continued on to Bishop Bay Hot Springs.

The anchoring was iffy but we finally dropped 300 feet of chain and we held well with great weather.

The hot springs was very nice with a recent overhaul of much of the walk way. The water in the hot springs was just right for a 15 minute soak and it was very clean and clear with not a trace of slime on the rocks. There was even a camp ground made of all cedar planks looking out over the bay.

Bishop Bay Hot Springs is a must stop venue for sure.

July 25 2009
We traveled up Gardner Canal with the thought of staying the night at Shearwater Hot Springs but did not like the poor anchoring condition so we traveled on to Owyacumish Bay which was a stunning setting with a big roaring waterfall and river coming into the bay all set in very tall steep granite cliffs and snow capped mountain ridges. The water was blue green glacier water with a very low salt content. We anchored near the outflow of the waterfall and went up the river to look for bears and saw none. There was a cabin at the mouth of the river there fall Kayakers and campers. It was a wonderful setting that looked like a movie set it was so perfect.

That afternoon we toured at least 4 big waterfalls and then when turning in for the evening I noticed that we were suddenly in 158 feet of water and we seemed to have moved 180 feet from the original anchoring position. I mark all anchoring locations on the moving map with a man over board sign so I can tell if we have dragged anchor.

The wind was blowing hard and the tide was going out Sooooo… silly me sat up until 5 am to make sure we did not drag anchor. Cheryl took the 5 am to 7:30 watch because I could not say awake. It turns out that once the tide was back in and the wind stopped blowing we seemed to be in the original anchoring position. By the way the stars are fantastic up here with no city lights to interfere with the sparkle of the Big Dipper.

July 26 2009
We pulled anchor and headed for Kitimat which is about 50 miles due north. The water was like a mirror and the scenery was wonderful. We arrive at Kitimat about 1:30 and stayed at Mk Bay Marina.

Kitimat is a town of 11,000 people with three major industries. ALCAN an aluminum producer, a Pulp Mill and a large producer of Methanol. These industries are on the other side of the bay and they produce an angry cloud of some kind of pollution. The trees on the hills surrounding these plants are all dead.

We hired a local native that Lenore met in the Marina store, and for $20 each way Randy drove us into town where we had lunch and replenished our groceries and booze supply.

That evening we went to the local Indian village to have dinner at their restaurant on the water and it was excellent!
Kitimat is a very pleasant experience and the people were extremely friendly.

Kitimat is around 100 miles from the Alaska border and is the most northern destination we have made in our boat.

Tomorrow we will begin to head back south starting with Hartley Bay where the salmon fishing is said to be good.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Saturday July 18

Had a great time in Ocean Falls with the Codvill Armada all present

Caught lots of large jumbo prawns and crab.

Weather kicked upon Sat wind and rain.

Sunday July 19, 2009
The Colliers and Stewarts headed south to Kayak Cove the Timm’s and Matheson’s are headed north to Ellerslie Bay

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Friday July 17

Thursday July 16

We pulled anchor and headed for Shearwater at 9 am and ran slow to arrive around noon. Arrived Shearwater after an easy 8 knot trip and waiting 2 hours to refuel at Belle Bella had a nice burger at the Pub With the Colliers Timm’s Stewart’s and Linda’s nephew, Carl Wenthe head wine maker for Wenthe Wines.

Friday July 17

Leaving Shearwater about 9 am we did an easy trip to my favorite Ocean Falls.

Got a wonderful show from Dolphins swimming the bow wake and got awesome videos of it.

It was wonderful coming back to Ocean Falls. We set the crab and prawn pots first thing.

A tour of Nearly Normal Norman’s museum was in order and then off to the flee market.

Collecting the crab pots in late afternoon resulted in a fabulous dinner in the Marina Club house with the main dish being Lenore’s famous BBQ Crab sauce. With Pasta and French bread on the side.

Saturday July 18

Friday, July 17, 2009

July Ocean Falls 17 2009

Thursday July 16

Yesterday we sat in the water for the first time in 16 days and it really felt good not to have to trudge to the marina bathroom at 0 dark thirty to take care of business and take a shower in their slimy steamy showers.

We moved the boat from the haul out slip with Gary and Lenore’s help to a dock.

Don Claire owner of Black Cat repair service came to the boat at 2:30 in the afternoon and within an hour rechecked the alignment of the shafts after setting in the water for 17 hours... We went for a 30 minute ride easing up to 25 knots and Sea Jay ran good. There is a slight vibration from 17 to 20 kts but at 14 kts she is smooth as silk.

We settled out bill with the ship yard and shoved off, headed for the dreaded crossing of Cape Caution with Gary and Lenore. The West Sea Otter Buoy was 0.6 so we went for it. Normally it is quite windy in the afternoon to make this 52 mile crossing in open waters. It was like a mill pond out there. The best we have ever experienced.

Just passed Calvert Island we got a wonderful Grey Whale show with two huge Whales jumping out of the water and lots of playful slapping of their mammoth fins. I was so busy watching out for rocks and the whales I did not get a good photo of them but did get some Flip Video.
Once we got to Calvert Island in side Fitz Hugh Sound we decide not to stop at Fury Cove but to push on to Kwakume Inlet just south of Hakai Passage which will allow us to be in Shearwater easily on the 16 of July. The anchorage was beautiful and it felt so good to finally be sitting in a quiet bay enjoying the wonderful magic of this pristine wilderness.

We pulled anchor and headed for Shearwater at 9 am and will run slow to arrive around noon. Arrived Shearwater after an easy 8 knot trip and waiting 2 hours to refuel at Belle Bella had a nice burger at the Pub and more Coho were caught on the hook.

Next morning did an easy trip to my favorite Ocean Falls.

Got a wonderful show from Dolphins swimming the bow wake and got awesome videos of it.

More photos tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

July 15 Going in the water

We are in the water!
This photo show the boat we hit and how we must back up turning to starboard while missing the lift structure with the port side of the bow.
Later today we will have final allignment made then do sea trials for an hour to make sure all is working well. if that is OK we will proceed with our trip.
We are fortunate to have Gary and Lenore Timm with us for moral support and to make the crossing of Cape Caution with.
Thank you Gary and Lenore for hanging with us.!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

July14 2009 New strut is not manufactured correctly and does not fit

The Starboard oard shaft and propeller are installed and alligned.

The new strut for the port side dids not fit and hade to be taken to a local machine shop to be machined . It was installed this morning and it fit perfectly.

Yipee! We will go in the water today and let it sit for 24 hours then re align the engines and shafts.

Monday, July 13, 2009

July 13

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sunday JULY 12 day of rest

Today we took it easy and went fishing and brought in a nice Coho for dinner.

Tomorrow the parts will start to be installed by Black Cat.

Saturday, July 11, 2009