A VISIT TO ALERT BAY AND MYSTERY BILGE WATER

A visit to Alert Bay and mystery bilge water.  This morning being Sunday is the system check day, batteries, engine, bilge pumps and everything safety and vital. Upon opening the bilge I found water again. This is a mystery as I had fixed the small water leak. But, the water was fresh water, strange. It had rained heavily the day before – could it be rainwater? Seems unlikely. Anyway I dried the bilge and left it open to air.

Alert Bay Boat Harbour. Port Mcneil Canada. Photo Ray Penson
Alert Bay Boat Harbour. Port Mcneil Canada. Photo Ray Penson

I then hopped onto a ferry across to Alert Bay for a tourist trip. Alert Bay is an interesting place and in the past had a wild west reputation. The town has a major Nimpkish Indian village adjacent and is a cultural centre for the region.

Killer Whales frequent the place and the locals call it the home of the Killer Whales. No Orca’s around today, maybe they take Sunday off. One of the things I wanted to see was the museum (even Oprah has been) but I got talking to some of the locals and completely forgot about it. Maybe next time.

On my return back to the boat I found water in the port bilge, fresh water again. So I had been away for 4 hours and half a bucket of water had accumulated and there had been no rain. This time I dried everything out completely throughout the boat, I checked every fresh water hose and connection for drips, nothing. Four hours later it is still completely dry. I just don’t get it, I will have another look in the morning.

Alert Bay Home of the Killer Whale Port Mcneil Canada. Photo Ray Penson
Alert Bay Home of the Killer Whale Port Mcneil Canada. Photo Ray Penson

Killer Whales frequent the place and the locals call it the home of the Killer Whales. No Orca’s around today, maybe they take Sunday off. One of the things I wanted to see was the museum (even Oprah has been) but I got talking to some of the locals and completely forgot about it. Maybe next time.

On my return back to the boat I found water in the port bilge, fresh water again. So I had been away for 4 hours and half a bucket of water had accumulated and there had been no rain. This time I dried everything out completely throughout the boat, I checked every fresh water hose and connection for drips, nothing. Four hours later it is still completely dry. I just don’t get it, I will have another look in the morning.

The wind has blown hard all day from the NW which is where we want to head. Hopefully tomorrow there will be less headwind and the wayward EPIRB will finally arrive. I am looking forward to getting out of here and heading towards Prince Rupert.

Logged 8th May 2016

PORT MCNEIL WELCOME

Nice clear cold morning and the rain had finally stopped. Had an easy trip across from Alert Bay to Port McNeill with the outgoing tide.

Port McNeill Harbour Canada. Photo Ray Penson
Port McNeill Harbour Canada. Photo Ray Penson

On arrival at Port McNeill the dock crew offered to help me with the lines which was welcome as the wind was quite blustery. Once tied up and secure I checked in at the Harbourmasters office and paid for 3 days berthage.

Later in the morning I had a walk around town, it’s quite a small place so didn’t take too long. Everyone is very welcoming and friendly. I also found ling life milk which is the good news, the downside is that its $4.65 per litre which is an outrageous and five times the NZ price.

Later I visited the laundromat and now have fresh bedding and clothes again. I have quite a long list of chores to undertake here and I will start with an engine oil change tomorrow morning.

Yacht Truce at Port McNiel. Photo Ray Penson
Yacht Truce at Port McNiel. Photo Ray Penson

This evening I was invited to an American boat for dinner. I had a really nice time, good food and pleasant company. They are leaving tomorrow but also headed towards Alaska so we may meet again further up the track. Total Voyage distance 266.5 miles.

Logged 4th May 2016