Fortunately, we do not suffer from “Triskaidekaphobia” otherwise we might of skipped this year. The cruise was without mishaps and relaxing. We changed our fishing strategy by moving the salmon fishing the until the southbound BC portion of the trip. That freed up days which we spent on additional port days or days at anchor while reducing engine hours and miles traveled.
The cruise was 139 days/138 nights long from Saturday, April 29 until Thursday, September 14. We spent 84 nights at anchor (61%) and 54 nights at a dock. Of the nights at anchor, for 46 nights we were the only boat in the anchorage (55%). During the cruise, we traveled 3023.6 nautical miles and put 510.4 hours on our engine. We ran our generator 22 times totaling 36 hours.
By coincidence, last year’s cruise, 2022, was also 139 days/138 nights. Compared to 2022, in 2023 we spent 7 more nights at the dock, 103.2 fewer hours operating the engine, traveled 560 fewer miles and operated the generator 18 additional hours. These numbers document our slower pace and more time spent on docks or multiple days at anchor.The additional expense from days on the dock is offset by the reduced amount of fuel burned.
We still manage to find new (to us) places to visit and anchor. In 2023 we used 14 new places to anchor (alphabetically – Baker Cove, Chichagof Village, Dorothy Cove, Fancy Cove, Forit Bay, Kah Shakes Cove, Kinahan Islands, Lake Anna, Luck Dragon Cove, Otter Cove, Russell Island Passage, Sundew Cove, Sunny Bay, and Waterfall Cove). We also visited one new marina, Mill Bay Marina on Vancouver Island.
Below is a map of our stops in the 2023 cruising season. Clicking on one of the “dropped pins” will pull up some information about the stop. At the top right of the map is an icon which will open a separate window that may be easier to navigate.