And we’re underway, having left Vancouver about an hour and a half ago. The Eldorado travels at a leisurely 9 knots (about 15km/h). Our plan is to travel about 100 nautical miles a day; the trip to Prince Rupert is 480 miles so we should arrive at the end of day on Friday.
Tonight, we’ll be meeting up with one of Otto’s friends and his boat in Campbell River. After a good night’s sleep, the two boats will travel together the rest of the way to the fishing grounds stopping in a series of small communities on our way up the coast. The rest of the planned overnight stops are in Port Hardy, (near) Bella Bella and Hartley Bay
As I type this, we’re just off the coast of Gibson’s; you can almost see Molly’s Reach from here. The water’s nice and calm, except when we get passed by big, fast pleasure craft. Unfortunately, the sky and the water are both the same dull shade of grey, so the otherwise spectacular view seems a little drab yet. That should change as soon as the weather improves this afternoon.
I should mention that it’s not just Otto and I on the boat; we have another companion, named Boris. He’s a gorgeous Portuguese Water Dog who, despite his strong fishing genes, still isn’t sure he wants to be on the boat.
I think it’s time to poke around the boat and learn a little about where I’m going to be spending most of the next week… Photos and more to follow soon.
During the trip, you can either check this blog for the latest entries, or you can go to this interactive map of all the blog posts related to this trip. You can also find photos from the trip on Flickr.