July 4, Within
a half hour of leaving Friday Harbor, we passed the classic Northwest
Yacht, “Malibu” on the rocks. It
was a sad sight to see this 100 foot beautiful yacht with her port gunnels
underwater. Sandra got some
first-class pictures. She hit
the rocks at the west end of Wasp Passage, area known locally as
“million dollar reef.”
Drew Irwin and his staff at Philbrooks Shipyard in Sidney were most
helpful dealing with Shadow’s furnace problems.
But since it will be several days before it is all sorted out, we
left the furnace in their care and have our fingers crossed that it will
be a warm summer.
As a routine part of the beginning of any great voyage, Shadow’s engine
room filled with acrid smoke just as we were coming to anchorage in
Telegraph Harbor. Opting for
the dock instead, we discovered a blown gasket in the exhaust system where
the turbo charger had been replaced just before we left Friday Harbor.
Emergency repairs with high-temp tape got us going and in the
morning. That afternoon, Ron
Van Wachen, the owner of Nanaimo Shipyard was a great help with high-temp
gasket material and we enjoyed the evening in Nanaimo. Sandra
discovered a boom boat which she wants to take back to her pond in Ohio.
July 7, In
classic Northwest style, we left Nanaimo at daylight to cross the Strait
of Georgia in the morning calm. And
the calm held. It was a
smooth crossing and by noon we were at the dock in Powell River.
We visited with April White at her Wind Spirit Gallery and added
one of her wonderful Raven Giclee prints to Shadow’s art collection.
April was born on Haida Gwaii, the Queen Charlotte Islands. Through
her father she is a direct descendant of the renowned Haida artist Charlse
Edenshaw, of the Eagle Clan. She is also related to Bill Reid.
Her work and other artist represented in her gallery can be seen at
April will join
us aboard this evening and then we will join her for dinner at her
beautiful restaurant, Jitterbug Cafe, adjoining the gallery.
Tomorrow, we’ll do the laundry and post to the website before
heading for Desolation Sound.