Friday, April 18, 2008

Waiting for a weather window

Location: Nanaimo, British Columbia
Lat/Lon: 49°10.031'N, 123°56.052'W
Weather: 45° F, Winds NW 15 kts, gusting to 25 kts

3 days out and we're stuck in Nanaimo waiting for a cold front to pass over and an 'Arctic' high to form. Waiting is not difficult, Nanaimo is a nice town with a clean and modern marina, but thanks to the falling value of the US dollar to the Canadian dollar, it's expensive. Nanaimo is $64 per day for our size boat. That's one reason we like anchoring out, it's a lot cheaper! We also want to keep moving. Alaska is a long ways and we're anxious to keep going. But there is no urgency and it's foolish to pound into wind and waves when there's no need. The wind is blowing nearly 30 mph in the marina, more out in the Straight of Georgia, and it's cold. This morning it was 38°, this afternoon, in the sun, it's 45°. Factor in the wind chill and it's really cold for this time of year, even in the sun.

Note: We will try to include our Lat/Lon on all post so you can go to and copy the Lat/Lon into the search box and see our location on the map.

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