IT WAS A COUPLE OF HOURS before high tide as I backed my 17-foot Polar Craft bowrider down the sandstone beach into Passamaquoddy Bay. Timing is everything in this stretch of New Brunswick, Canada, where tides range up to 28 feet. I figured I had the situation covered. But the beach ad a very shallow incline and, even with the water well past the trailer’s wheel hubs, we couldn’t budge the boat off the bunks. Normally, there’d be time for contemplation. But as I stood there considering my options, I could see the saltwater rising steadily toward the rear tires of my tow vehicle. Soon it would be up to the brakes. Quickly, we put down the swivel jack and disconnected the trailer from the car. Then I drove to higher ground. In a few minutes, the water was high enough to float the boat. We pulled the trailer up the beach by hand and re-hitched it to the car. Trailer boating can call for decisive action when you’re dealing with some of the highest tides in the world. With the water level rising or falling the height of a house every six hours or so, the shoreline in Passamaquoddy Bay is always on the move. Passamaquoddy Bay is a protected bay on the western edge of the Bay of Fundy, which separates New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. It’s a wild, windswept place of remote islands and big, cloud-specked skies that
create a backdrop for forested hills
and red sandstone bluffs.
AUGUST | SEPTEMBER 2013