Friday, August 26, 2016

Alaska 2016 | Day 101 | Shoal Bay to Von Donop Inlet

Our departure time from Shoal Bay was dictated by current. Today we'll transit the "three rapids"—Dent, Gillard, and Yuculta—that separate points north from Desolation Sound.
Heading towards the rapids
We pulled the anchor about 6:45 a.m. and made it to dent at about 7:50 a.m., 10 minutes before slack. There was some current, but nothing difficult to deal with. At Gillard there was a little less, and by Yuculta the current was all but gone. These rapids intimidate many boaters, but they're really not difficult to run. Tidal conditions are predictable years in advance, unlike weather conditions, and there's at least a little leeway on each side of slack.

We headed for Von Donop Inlet on Cortes Island. It's a scenic if not dramatic anchorage. I like it because there's a reasonably extensive network of trails ashore, and there's always space to anchor without stern-tying.

We arrived by mid-morning and napped on the boat before going ashore and hiking on most of the trails. The trails are dry, not too steep, and lead through beautiful forests.
Hiking along a trail at Von Donop Inlet
25.92 nm today
3014.48 nm total

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