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Princess Louisa - Gets better every time 22 May 2013 04:09 #1

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My Mom was visiting us from the prairies, so the admiral, our youngest son and I decided to do a quick run up to Princess Louisa and Chatterbox falls to spend the night. I simply never get tired of this trip! Bears, eagles, dolphins, and even one small martin (trying to sneak on board just as I was calling it a night) along the way. Found the Salish pictograph just down inlet from Patrick Point.Simply awestruck the entire way - managed to remember to take some photos just before we headed home.

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Boat was filthy as we haven't given it the spring cleaning yet, but that didn't stop us. Batteries should be replaced as they aren't holding the charge the way they used to.Bring on the Summer!

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Princess Louisa - Gets better every time 22 May 2013 05:01 #2

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Chatter box is running pretty hard!!! Great Pix!!!

BTW, my inbox is now empty if you are still trying to PM me...

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Princess Louisa - Gets better every time 23 May 2013 02:28 #3

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It's often been called the 'Holy Grail' of boaters; and for good reason

Did you get a spot on the dock? It looks a bit crowded.

Thanks for sharing.

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Princess Louisa - Gets better every time 23 May 2013 03:56 #4

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Princess Louisa Inlet is one of my favorite cruises. I have made 7 trips there - once in a 15ft runabout from Pender Harbor! I never tire of the pristine beauty of the falls, granite cliffs, and solitude.

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Princess Louisa - Gets better every time 26 May 2013 10:31 #5

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It's easy to get a spot on the dock, even in peak season!

But only if you have a fairly powerful planing boat.

Time your arrival at Malibu Rapids about an hour before slack water on a falling tide (rapids flowing out into Jervis Inlet). The Tides & Currents book will also show you the prediction for the time when there will be zero current...this is even better.

Line yourself up, take a deep breath and push the throttles forward.

After 3 minutes of exciting drama through a very narrow whitewater passage, you will punch through into Princess Louisa and find a few trawlers and large yachts hanging out, waiting for the VERY brief period when the current stops, then reverses.

Those big, slow boats all left spaces on the dock, which have not been taken yet, except by the intrepid explorers like you!

I did this with the rapids running about 6 knots, and I'm not gonna lie....it was knee-trembling. There were already 3 or 4 boats waiting outside to do what I did, only they were waiting for less current. I got to the dock and it was half-empty, and this was in early August in perfect weather.

Funny thing was, as soon as I got through the rapids, at least 2 boats came through behind me...apparently I was the trailblazer!


COMING THROUGH THE RAPIDS...ONE BOAT BEHIND ME!

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LOTS OF ROOM ON THE DOCK!!

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Princess Louisa - Gets better every time 26 May 2013 12:21 #6

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That looks beautiful! I would love to take a trip like that. Something tells me it's a long ways away from Georgia though. Glad you enjoyed it. I would love to see more pictures if you have them.

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Princess Louisa - Gets better every time 26 May 2013 17:17 #7

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Stratocaster;781726 wrote: It's easy to get a spot on the dock, even in peak season!

But only if you have a fairly powerful planing boat.

Time your arrival at Malibu Rapids about an hour before slack water on a falling tide (rapids flowing out into Jervis Inlet). The Tides & Currents book will also show you the prediction for the time when there will be zero current...this is even better.

Line yourself up, take a deep breath and push the throttles forward.

After 3 minutes of exciting drama through a very narrow whitewater passage, you will punch through into Princess Louisa and find a few trawlers and large yachts hanging out, waiting for the VERY brief period when the current stops, then reverses.

Those big, slow boats all left spaces on the dock, which have not been taken yet, except by the intrepid explorers like you!

I did this with the rapids running about 6 knots, and I'm not gonna lie....it was knee-trembling. There were already 3 or 4 boats waiting outside to do what I did, only they were waiting for less current. I got to the dock and it was half-empty, and this was in early August in perfect weather.

Funny thing was, as soon as I got through the rapids, at least 2 boats came through behind me...apparently I was the trailblazer!


COMING THROUGH THE RAPIDS...ONE BOAT BEHIND ME!

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LOTS OF ROOM ON THE DOCK!!

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That's hilarious!!

And exactly the same thing I did when we had our 2855. Except for me, it was my first trip up there and while waiting at the entrance we saw a 'water taxi' zip by and without even slowing down, head through.

"Aha" says me - it must be OK. WRONG!!

Once we got started, it was too late to turn back and the water was running at about 9 knots. Luckily I had the good sense to ram the throttle to the firewall and with a lot of swishing and swaying and bouncing and a few whirlpools we got to the head. Almost as soon as we reached the exit, it was like a slingshot and we literally flew out of the channel!

There was the loitering convoy of cruisers waiting patiently for the current to slacken and I must have given them some enteratainment, because when we went by, they were all watching us.

When we got to the dock, there were only two boats there. Just like you described. It filled up quickly later on tho' - as soon as the tide went slack.

Never try to compete with local knowledge.

Really nice pics - thanks for sharing.

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Princess Louisa - Gets better every time 26 May 2013 19:05 #8

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malayphred;781828 wrote: Really nice pics - thanks for sharing.


Thanks mate. I have a bunch more here....

http://baylinerownersclub.org/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=1957

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