Desolation Sound Yacht Charters

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Cruise Planning

One of the best ways to plan your cruise is with a Cruising Guide. All are well-presented with excellent descriptions of anchorages, facilities, points of interest and historical background. Our yachts are equipped with Canadian hydrographical publications and charts needed for cruising Desolation Sound and Princess Louisa Inlet, and the Broughtons (on request), but a Cruising Guide is still the best tool for planning your trip.

Recommended Cruising Guides

There are several excellent planning books for wherever you want to cruise:

We can send you these Cruising Guides for the cost of the Guide plus taxes, postage & handling.

  • Desolation Sound:
    • 'Desolation Sound & the Discovery Islands' Dreamspeaker Cruising Guide Vol 2
      by Anne & Laurence Yeadon-Jones, cost $C49.95;
    • 'Cruising to Desolation Sound & the Discovery Islands'
      by Bill Wolferstan, cost $C44.95;
    • 'Cruising to Desolation Sound, Sunshine Coast & the Discovery Islands of British Columbia'
      by Peter Vassilopoulos, cost $C49.95;
  • Sunshine Coast & Princess Louisa Inlet:
    • 'Vancouver, Howe Sound & the Sunshine Coast' Dreamspeaker Cruising Guide Vol 3
      by Anne & Laurence Yeadon-Jones, cost $C49.95;
    • 'Cruising to Desolation Sound, Sunshine Coast & the Discovery Islands of British Columbia'
      by Peter Vassilopoulos, cost $C49.95;
  • Broughton Archipelago:
    • 'The Broughtons' Dreamspeaker Cruising Guide Vol 5
      by Anne & Laurence Yeadon-Jones, cost $C49.95;
    • 'North of Desolation Sound'
      by Peter Vassilopoulos, cost $C46.95;

Cruising Planning Maps

We have two colourful planning maps available to help you plan your charter to Desolation Sound or the Broughtons and areas in between. Proven cruising routes are highlighted and GPS Lat / Long waypoints are listed for all key locations and turning points for the routes. These 2-sided maps fold to 4" x 9" for convenient use on the boat. The back of the map includes diagrams of all major harbours and coves. It is perfect for referencing the location of your favourite 'spots' for a future or past trip.

What to Bring

Our yachts are equipped with everything you need to sail, navigate and cook. All you need to bring is your bedding* (except pillows), personal towels*, groceries, beverages and personal belongings. For those wine connoisseurs, you might like to bring along some wine glasses. BINOCULARS* are also handy items to have on your cruise. You should bring layers of clothing ranging from your bathing suit and shorts to a warm jacket. Foul weather gear, soft soled deck shoes (no black soled runners please), suntan lotion, sunglasses and a hat or two are a must. DON'T FORGET YOUR CAMERA, AN EXTRA SET OF CHARGED BATTERIES, AND/OR A 12-VOLT CHARGER. All boats have a 12-volt cigarette style plug-in.

* Some of these items may be included with your yacht. Check your Boat's Inventory List.

Fishing & Shellfish Licences

For those of you who might like to try your luck at fishing, you must obtain a fishing licence. Even if you want to pick oysters or dig for clams you require a fishing licence. You can get your fishing licence in advance of your arrival. Just go to the Fisheries & Oceans Canada, Tidal Water Recreational Fishing Licence System website to purchase your licence on-line.

Inflatable Life Vests

Travel Regulations Regarding CO2 Cartridges for Inflatable Life Vests:

As of May 2009, CO2 cartridges as part of an inflatable life vest are permitted (with up to 2 spares) on aircraft. However, for the most current regulations on air travel with CO2 cartridges, visit the TSA website and check with your airline. These regulations are subject to frequent change, so we highly recommend that you check again just prior to your flight. You may also wish to print off the TSA page detailing CO2 regulations to bring with you to the airport.

American TSA site:
http://www.tsa.gov/

Canadian TSA site:
http://www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca/english/travel_voyage/list.shtm1#sportingequipment

Weather and Tides

Weather

Warm, dry weather conditions dominate in the Desolation Sound area during our main charter season of May through September. Mean temperatures are 72°F (22°C) to 78°F (25°C) and rainfall averages are: May 1.5"; June 1.4"; July 1.1"; August 1.7"; and September 1.8".

Fog is uncommon in the Strait of Georgia in the summer months. Our low season months are beautiful here on the Coast. The sun shines up to 18 hours a day in late June and the warm water temperatures can extend well into the month of September. The anchorages are empty and the weather is great.

The North Vancouver Island Weather Report 1 (250) 949-7148 gives you Free recorded forcasts and observations for North Vancouver Island.

For all your Weather on the Web in Canada, including current observations, go to www.weatheroffice.com .

Following the Main Forecast, the OUTLOOK describes the winds expected during the next 24 hours. The WIND SPEEDS are given in knots and are the average winds that are expected over the open water.

Light Winds 0-11 Knots
Moderate Winds 12-19 Knots
Strong Winds 20-33 Knots
Gale Force Winds 34-47 Knots
Storm Force Winds 48-63 Knots
Hurricane Force Winds 63 Knots or more

Tides

The tides of the Pacific NW are generally semi-diurnal. There are usually two high waters and two low waters in a 24-hour period. Often, there are two high tides each day with different heights and two low tides, also of different heights; the pattern is called a mixed semi-diurnal tide.

We provide up-to-date Tide and Current Tables on every yacht with the publication "PORTS & PASSES". The tidal information in this book has already been corrected for location and time. So for example, you can find the 'Desolation Sound' page and always know exactly what to expect with the tides in Desolation Sound with no extra calculations.

It is important to note that CANADIAN and US Chart and Tidal datum is different. The most critical difference between the charts is CHART DATUM. To find the actual depth of water, the height of the tide must be added to the depth shown on the chart. In CANADIAN tidal waters we use the level of the lowest normal tide or minimum water level. In US tidal waters they use mean low water or average low water. Therefore, in US tide references there are a lot of minus tides and there can be as much as a 1.5 metre difference from CANADIAN chart datum.

For Further Information:

Tides:

For predictions of High and Low Tides in DESOLATION SOUND:
Select the Link below titled "Desolation Sound Tides"
Then select "Campbell River" once at that web site

YOU MUST THEN ADD:
FOR HIGH TIDES
+ 2 hours to Campbell River high tide times
(1 of the 2 hours is for Daylight Saving - add only April thru Oct.)
+ 2.5 feet to high tide heights for Campbell River for Desolation Sound
FOR LOW TIDES
+ 1.5 hours to Campbell River low tide times
+ 0.0 feet - Low tide heights are the same in Desolation Sound as in Campbell River

Desolation Sound Tides

Weather:

Comox Weather and Satellite Imagery