I have finished Gwragedd Annwn’s 2017 Refit and Refurbishment. Time to take her out for a test row… She has new adjustable thwarts, air tight foredeck, stern and side buoyancy tanks, new foot braces and a new foredeck storage box for her anchor and lines.
Here is a topo map section showing the Mamquam Blind Channel:
One of the things that you have to look out for in Squamish are the inflow and outflow winds. In the summer, they usually outflow until 11am, they then shift and become inflow and are usually very strong. The weather prediction for today is for light to variable winds.
I unpack Gwragedd Annwn, stow her traveling cover and stow my gear.
The boat launch is basic and very usable. It is best at a mid to high tide.
2017-10-13 Tides for Squamish (Friday)
PDT (m) (ft)
06:19 1.3 4.3
14:01 4.5 14.8
20:00 3.1 10.2
There are actually two lanes, one paved (Port) and one gravel (Starboard) where Gwragedd Annwn is beached.
In this photo you can see her new foredeck storage box. I reused the blue seat cushions.
I row out into the Mamquam Blind Channel.
I row across the channel and head North-East, up the East side.
The East shore is undeveloped across from the boat launch.
I row around a little cove, exploring the shore. I continue up channel.
They are pile-driving on the West shore for some waterside housing/multi-use development.
I keep rowing up channel on the East side.
A can of FAXE beer hung as a “Scare-beer”???
There is a camp under the Highway 99 overpass.
I continue rowing up channel.
The Inn/Hostel has a foot path between it and the shore.
I row past the Inn/Hostel and the channel becomes more “wild”.
I am getting up to the top of the channel.
It is really neat, made from an old railway flatdeck car.
I could not find out what the creek was named.
Gwragedd Annwn cannot go any further upstream. I eat my lunch and begin my return.
I am heading back into a bit of an up-channel breeze.
You can see the RedBull can I picked up out of the Channel.
A canoe ready for an adventure.?.
I had planned to row back along the West bank, but, with the wind, the rowing is easier along the Eastern shore.
I also picked up a Starbucks coffee drink bottle off of the Squamish Inn/Hostel.
I row back to the Boat Launch, passing an awash barge near the launch.
I beach Gwragedd Annwn on the gravel lane of the boat launch.
The paved side of the boat launch is being used so I put the trailer in on the gravel side.
I pull off of the ramp and park over on the side to get Gwragedd Annwn ready for the trip home.
Even though the Channel seemed quite clean, there is a scum-line on Gwragedd Annwn from the row.
The mud on the hull is from the drive to the boat launch. Gwragedd Annwn will need a bath when we get home.
All packed-up and ready to go home.
See you on the next row!