Friday Harbor to Sidney, Nanaimo, and Powell River:
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PowelRiver     TelegraphCove    Hanson Island    Village Island    Echo Bay    KwatsiBay    BlackFishSound  ShawlBay    KingcomeInlet    MackinziSound    Map

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.” 

 July 5,      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.

 July 6,     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.


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Straits of
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Boom Boat
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Powel River
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