Queen Charlotte Strait Crossing
The Queen Charlotte Strait is about 15 miles wide. The prevailing winds are from the northwestern in the summer and the southeast in the winter. In the summer, winds are often lighter in the morning.
Typically, by late morning or early afternoon, a sea breeze will begin, and by mid-afternoon, it can increase to 30 knots with very rough seas. The sea breeze usually quiets at the sundown.
Tom Taylor, owner of the now-closed Greenway Sound Marina Resort, has crossed the strait between Wells Passage and Port McNeil hundreds of times and tells us that in good weather he could go (in a fast boat) as late as 2:00 p.m. Any given day can go against the north, however. Skippers should treat Queen Charlotte Strait with great respect.
Weather information: The wind report from Herbert Island, in the Buckle Group, can be a good reference for approaching northwesterly winds. If it’s no blowing at Herbert Island, there’s a good chance Queen Charlotte Strait will be okay. if Herbert island is windy, however, Queen Charlotte Strait probably will be next.
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