We left Chandler at about 9:30 this morning. It was windy with waves, plus several foot high swells. Our destination was Bathurst, New Brunswick about 75 miles away. To get there we had to cross Chaleurs Bay. The bay is about 15 to 20 miles wide and about 75-80 miles long from it’s mouth to where it narrows into a river. We encountered swells that were in the 6 to 8+ foot range plus 20 mph winds. It made for a somewhat rough 3 hour ride.
Crossing from Chandler to Bathurst in rough seas.
Crossing to Bathhurst, NB in rough seas.
We entered the side channel off of the Bathurst Bay to get to the marina. The tide was very low and we had only about 4 feet of water under us. The boat draws 2 feet and with the engines it’s 2 and 1/2 so I lifted the engines up about 1/2 way. Looking at the narrow channel I wondered if we would make it. We did!
The channel buoys were almost on dry land on both sides at low tide. I crawled forward , holding my breath that we would not hit bottom.
Entering the narrow channel to the marina.
The narrow marina channel.
The iboats.com boat safely docked at the Bathurst Marina. Not many sailboats…too shallow for them at low tide to get in or out.
After 3 hours of taking lots of salty spray the boat and engines needed a good washing down with fresh water with our long-handled brush. An hour later she looks as good as new.
Sparkling clean engines with the Bathurst marina office and fun old tugboat in the background.
We took a walk to the beach and then into the city, 5 miles away.
Now this is a tree that you do NOT want to meet close up while traveling at 30 mph in the boat! You have to constantly watch for them in the bays and beyond.
We walked along the beach at the narrow mouth of the Bathurst bay. You can see the strong current running.
At the entrance to the Bathurst bay.
As we walked into town…and then got a cab back…Cari saw these wild flowers and took this great shot.