Sea Otter Buoy.
Wx and Weather Buoy Reports.
Jerry Schutzler (Puffin) suggest the following, “We have also found that a chart with the BC weather buoys and other reporting stations is very useful in interpreting the weather updates. We keep that chart open when the Wx update comes on the VHF and follow the comments for each station. That way you can get a much better idea of the Wx pattern in the area than from just paying attention to West Sea Otter and Egg Island.”
If you stay at least 1 3/4 miles off CC (deeper than the 250 foot to 300-foot contours), the effects of shoaling and wave reflections from the land are reduced.
Currents and Moon Phase.
The first three list above are by far the most important considerations; however, we will not know wind and West Sea Otter buoy conditions until we are near Cape Caution or at an overnight anchorage such as Allison Harbour.
The real question, then, is how do we choose a time to arrive at Cape Caution and begin our wait for good weather? Under any given wind conditions and recent wind history, currents are key to the swell and wave height at West Sea Otter. Therefore, I like to select target dates based on currents that are less likely to aggravate any existing winds.
Here is my suggestion:
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