Outboard Motor Service

Cruisers College – Outboard Motor Service, Repair and Maintenance, Oct. 15

Cruisers College Outboard Motor Service, Repair, and Maintenance, Oct. 15 with Matt Mardesich October 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $45 Register here. Matt Mardesich will take you through the ins and outs of your outboard engine during this 3-hour class. Nearly every cruising boat has an outboard powered dinghy. These motors have been around for…

Cruisers College – Marine Communications, Oct. 15

Cruisers College Marine Communications, Oct. 15 with Terry Sparks October 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $45 Register here. Marine communications are more than just talking on your Marine VHF radio. There are methods for long range marine communications and short range marine communications. This course will also discuss Internet and weather communications methods. Most importantly…

Single Side Band Radio

Cruisers College – Single Side Band Radios: ICOM M802 Operation, Oct. 15

 Cruisers College Single Side Band Radios: ICOM M802 Operation, Oct. 15 with Terry Sparks October 15, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $45 Register here. High-Frequency Single Side band (HF SSB) is an excellent tool for anyone heading out of the United States or especially for off shore cruising. With HF SSB you can make long range…

Solar Power

Cruisers College – Solar Power & Refrigeration, Oct. 14

Cruisers College Solar Power & Refrigeration with Woody Wentworth October 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $45 Register here. Cruiser College offers this combination course taught by an experienced offshore cruiser and local refrigeration/HVAC specialist, Woody Wentworth. We all love our creature comforts and nothing transforms a boat from a ‘weekend camper’ to an extended ‘comfy…

Cruiser’s College Seminars in October and November

Have you seen our lineup of upcoming Cruisers College seminars in October and November? Cruisers College Seminars October 2017 10/14 Understanding Northwest Weather from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $45 See details and register HERE. 10/14 Solar Energy & Marine Refrigeration from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $45 See details and register HERE. 10/15 Outboard Motor Service, Repair, and…

Main Gun Emplacement at the top of Yorke Island.

WWII Ruins on Yorke Island in Johnstone Strait

The reef just off Yorke Island in Johnstone Strait. Departing Lagoon Cove we motored through ‘The Blow Hole’ between E. Cracroft and Minstrel Islands into Chatham and Havannah Channels reaching Johnstone Strait.  Not surprising, Johnstone Strait was choppy but improved as we proceeded eastward. Seeing that the seas had become settled, we took the opportunity to…

BlueSea ELCI Breaker

Don’t Get Tripped-Up by New Shore Power – Updated

As we approached Petersburg, Alaska, with only a few miles remaining northbound on the Wrangell Narrows, we contacted the harbormaster’s office for the night’s moorage. After providing the harbormaster with our vessel’s length and shore power requirements, we were expecting a response with a slip assignment. Instead, the harbormaster asked “are you familiar with ….…

Two Weather Courses at the Wooden Boat Festival, Sept. 7

Understanding the weather can make the difference between a pleasant ride and a disaster for you, your family and friends. When boaters are polled about their fears about boating, weather often tops the list. There is a lot of information out there to help you make good weather go or no-go decisions. ~ Lee Chesneau,…

Fisgard Lighthouse at the entrance to Esquimalt Harbour.

Ruins from the 1800’s at Esquimalt Harbour

After departing Victoria Harbour, we circled around Duntz Head in 20-knot winds to make our way back north into nearby Esquimalt Harbour. The Royal Canadian Navy has a base here, and pleasure craft needs to contact ‘Queens Harbour Master Operations’ on VHF Channel 10 when entering and exiting the harbour between Fisgard Lighthouse and Duntze…

Potable water on the docks.

‘Water Water Everywhere . . .’ Does Potable Really Mean it is Safe? It Doesn’t Sound Safe.

“Is your water potable?” That’s often one of the first questions boaters ask marinas when cruising Northern BC Coast, the Broughton Archipelago and sometimes even in the Gulf Islands. Boaters often find a ‘boil water’ notice or ‘not-potable’ sign at water spigots and hose-bibs on the docks. But what does this mean to boaters and…

Wooden Boat Festival

Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, WA, Sept. 8-10, 2017

Tall ships, paddleboards, kayaks, tugboats, and everything in between—North America’s largest wooden boat festival celebrates its 41st year on September 8–10, 2017. Demonstrations, presentations, plays, music, dancing, and great food—this is a weekend of fun for all ages. (Photo credit (above): Northwest Maritime Center, Irving Mortensen) Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, WA, Sept. 8-10,…

More ruins on Village Island.

Historic Ruins on Village Island and Harbledown Island (BC)

This morning we made our way back west through Cramer Pass, then turned south along Retreat and Spring Passages, arriving at New Vancouver on the north side of Harbledown Island. New Vancouver is a Native village in The Broughtons referred to as Tzatsisnukomi in the Kwak’wala language. After tying up at the dock, we were…