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Prince Rupert and the Customs Dock

We were anxious to see if we could go ashore after we checked in. The trip was 11 hours straight and since Barb had flown out of Ketchikan I was on my own. It was mostly calm but there were several lumpy spots (mostly in the Dixon entrance). Relatively easy passage in general.

A short 11 hours later we were sitting in the customs dock with our pretty yellow flag flying.

The American flag is flown on the stern of the boat to indicate that the vessel is a US registered vessel. The Canadian flag is flown off the starboard mast halyard (in my case the VHF antenna). It is called the courtesy flag. The yellow flag indicates that the boat is in quarantine and it must be flown prior to checking into customs. Nobody can get on or off the boat until customs are complete.

I found the customs dock in Cow Harbor and pulled in waiting for the officers to arrive. There is an iPhone App that is used to fill out the information and take pictures of passport and vaccine information prior to arrival. The customs officer have all of the information prior to arrival. They were very friendly and we were cleared through with no issues.

We were approved for entry so we could head into town and interact with the natives.

Technical Data:

Time: 10 h 54 m ( 06:32 to 17:27 ) Distance: 83.58 nm

Fuel: 28.01 Gallons Fuel Rate: 2.57 GPH Fuel Economy: 2.98 NM/G

Avg Speed: 7.79 kn Max Speed: 9.39 kn

Engine Runtime Start: 2832.50 Hours Runtime End: 2843.40 Hours Fuel: 28.01 Gallons Fuel Rate: 2.57 GPH Fuel Rate Max: 4.86 GPH Avg RPM: 1308.78 Max RPM: 1386.25 Avg Oil Pressure: 50.95 Low Oil Pressure: 30.75 Avg Temperature: 180.54 Max Temperature: 194.00

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