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Bareboat Charter in a Mountainous Setting

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Brainstorming about the perfect first vacation with the girl of my dreams and need suggestions.

 

We both like the mountains, and we love sailing.

 

Is there a place that combines both, as in bareboat sailing vessel charter with scenic mountain vistas and hiking opportunities during the days?

 

I'd be grateful for any suggestions. Thanks.

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Norwegian fjords. This photo is the first result I get from google (no connection to the company), but it's pretty much as I remember it. 2 things I found weird:

i) ships vanishing over the horizon in the fjord.

ii) seeing 200m on the depthsounder when you're about 200m from the shore.

 

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West coast of Scotland the sailing is good [OK OK I need to add the bit about the weather cooperating].

 

Listening to a lone piper playing from a castle rampart as the sun sets is pretty special.

 

Thee hills may not be high but they are impressive.

 

Consider trying all or part of the Black Cuillin Traverse.

 

 

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The San Juans are nice, but you're not all that close to 'mountains'. in fact, after our charter we moved our boat to Lake Pepin. Sailing by the bluffs there bears a strong resemblence to what it's like in the San Juans. At least for a 5 mile stretch.

 

Those Fjords look pretty awesome. There was a neat article in CW many years ago about that. The author was pretty whiney about the cold. Puss.

 

ILYA_fan, your avatar is hilarious.

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Possibly not what you really want but:

 

Acadia National Park. Between Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor, two of the legendary yachting towns in the US. Home to the highest "mountain" that is actually on the East Coast. Not much altitude, but plenty of hiking trails and I've heard that not all are simple easy walking.

 

For altitude, Dillon, Colorado. at 9000 feet in the shadow of the continental divide. Lake Dillon is only about 5 miles across its irregular shape. The largest boat I saw there was a 35' Hunter (which makes no sense at all). A more sensible rental is 18-22 feet. It should be easy to find a shore-side love nest. Peaks over 14,000 feet within reach of a day trip.

 

You could probably find a boat on Lake Champlain. The Adirondack Mountains are not adjacent to the lake, but they're pretty close by.

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The mainland mountains of BC are pretty neat....especially around Princess Louisa Inlet.

 

louisahead.jpg

 

I'm going there someday.

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The mainland mountains of BC are pretty neat....especially around Princess Louisa Inlet.

 

louisahead.jpg

 

I'm going there someday.

 

SWMBO and I went last year, very much worth the effort!!

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The mainland mountains of BC are pretty neat....especially around Princess Louisa Inlet.

 

louisahead.jpg

 

I dunno Ish, I hear its a bit shallow up there. :)

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NZ has something similar too. Parts of the Bay of Is, Gt Barrier Is etc. The Southern Fiords are not for the feint hearted.

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Lipari, and the Aeolian Islands of Italy, including Stromboli.

 

A friend of mine who served in the Navy pointed out that, as a generality, a landfall in the Med is heralded by mountains, while in the US, the first thing you see is the beach.

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Bareboat out of Vancouver, BC, sail up Howe Sound, and you will be about 1 hour by bus away from Whistler. Done. Howe Sound has a variety of anchorages and even the small islands are mostly too tall to want to summit them.

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It can be very hot and dry during the summer, but the Dalmatian coast (Croatia) is really mountainous - and beautiful. The mountains above Dubrovnik are the vantage point from where the Yugoslav forces shelled the city during the 1991 war, so there's some history too.

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Well of course, you could cruise up the Columbia, right through the Coast Range, the middle of the Cascades and all the way to the foothills of the Rockies, downwind all the way. But you might want to get somebody else to bring the boat back. Unless you really, really like tacking

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Possibly not what you really want but:

 

Acadia National Park. Between Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor, two of the legendary yachting towns in the US. Home to the highest "mountain" that is actually on the East Coast. Not much altitude, but plenty of hiking trails and I've heard that not all are simple easy walking.

 

For altitude, Dillon, Colorado. at 9000 feet in the shadow of the continental divide. Lake Dillon is only about 5 miles across its irregular shape. The largest boat I saw there was a 35' Hunter (which makes no sense at all). A more sensible rental is 18-22 feet. It should be easy to find a shore-side love nest. Peaks over 14,000 feet within reach of a day trip.

 

You could probably find a boat on Lake Champlain. The Adirondack Mountains are not adjacent to the lake, but they're pretty close by.

I've been to Bar Harbor and Dillon. Would love to sail in Lake Champlain. I should have by now.

 

I like that there's no "hiking" in Acadia, only "walking." There are some fun walks, blueberries along the way, a ladder, precipice and adventure when you need them.

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Maine reminds me of the N Carolina mtns (geology, flora, fauna, climate...) but right on the ocean, similar to the pnw, but, if you will, the- ane

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The mainland mountains of BC are pretty neat....especially around Princess Louisa Inlet.

 

louisahead.jpg

 

Great hike up to the Trapper's Cabin. I've seen climbers on the rock walls too -- like Yosemite.

 

 

I spent 9 summers in BC. I recommend it.

 

 

There's great hiking all around.

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Duh--- Hawaii? These are the/or some of the largest sea mountains/volcanoes in the world.

 

To echo IB, the worst cruising grounds in the pacific.

 

Bad anchorages, big swells, strong trades and lots of Mericans................ ;) just stirring shit on the last one.

 

Loved my visits to the HI and would like to go back but not by boat.

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If you want to go to the Pacific North West and you want to find mountains, I think the charter companies near Desolation Sound would be a good choice. For example: http://www.desolationsoundyachtcharters.com. Chartering in the San Juans or the Gulf Islands is cool, but there aren't that many big mountains close to the water. I suppose some would argue that the inlets closer to Vancouver might be better, but I enjoyed Desolation Sound the most.

 

Desolation Sound is really wonderful place to be in a boat though parts of it can get crowded and the currents can get tricky. A couple of favorite things for me were hiking up to swim in fresh water at Cassel Lake, getting fresh baked goods delivered to the boat for breakfast in Squirrel cove and checking out some spectacular classic yachts in Prideaux Haven.

 

Chris

 

 

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Wow. THANK YOU!

 

I looked at this thread with Dream Girl last night and we are mightily enthused about the possibilities.

 

Every single suggestion is interesting, and we are very grateful for each idea. The planning stage could be half of the fun.

 

* Updates to follow, as long as she's ok with that *

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If you want to charter on Lake Champlain, it seems to me the best place to look are canadian sites. There are a ton of french canadian boats on the northern end of the lake, and I've run across a few for charter.

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You can charter out of Santa Barbara or Ventura, CA to the Channel Islands. Stay a few days at San Miguel Island and take the 17 mile round trip hike over mountainous terrain to the other side of the island, which is a national park, to see a giant seal rookery. You're required to have a national park guide to go ashore, and they do this for FREE! My guide was a fantastic volunteer named George who's been working there before and after his retirement, for 40 or so years. Although probably in his late 60's, George hiked the socks off my group of athletic 30-somethings.

The island and the cruising grounds are very scenic, isolated, empty. The area sometimes has challenging sailing and anchoring conditions. The kayaking was wonderful.

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If you really really want mountains.........try puerto natales Chile

 

Puerto Montt, Ushuaia, Puerto Williams and Punta Arenas are all relatively proximate to fantastic mountain scenery as well. Not sure if there are any bareboat charters available though.

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