Readers often ask us how they can stay connected to jobs, family, and friends while cruising. This article is the third in a thee part series about staying connected aboard. The first article focused on Wi-Fi. The second article focused on cell phones. This article focuses on satellite connections.
Satellite Messenger... Details
Spring is a good time to visit LaConner. The waters to reach the town are fairly protected whether arriving from the north or south. Plenty of moorage is available in the Port of Skagit’s LaConner Marina. The town is walkable and has a good selection of shops to browse and restaurants for lunch or dinner. And let... Details
Readers often ask us about how they can stay connected to jobs, family, and friends while cruising. This article is the second in a three part series about staying connected aboard. The first article focused on Wi-Fi. The next article will focus on satellite connections.
Voice, Data, and Texts
Cell phones are general... Details
Readers often ask us about how they can stay connected to jobs, family, and friends while cruising. This article is the first part of a three part series about staying connected aboard. The next two articles will focus on cellular and satellite connections.
Wireless internet, often known as Wi-Fi, is both inexpensive ... Details
Anne and Laurence Yeadon-Jones have completed their seventh Dreamspeaker Guide covering the Puget Sound area. Their books describe the many cruising destinations from Olympia to Port Townsend and across to Everett. They cover the marinas, urban destinations, peaceful state parks, protected anchorages and the many charm... Details
Drawn to Sea
Paintbrush to Chainsaw, Carving Out a Life on BC’s Rugged Raincoast
By Yvonne Maximchuk
272 Pages, $24.95
If you love the B.C. Coast, you’ll likely enjoy reading Yvonne Maximchuk’s new book, Drawn to Sea. You may know of Yvonne through her art and her... Details
by Mark Bunzel
What were the odds that Oracle Team USA would come back from an 8-1 deficit in the America’s Cup finals? After Race 4, Las Vegas odds-makers said 700 to 1.
Undeterred, Oracle achieved the seemingly impossible and won the America’s Cup. They made their boat faster, got the boat better balan... Details
Story and Photos by Mark Bunzel
America’s Cup racing may be the most exciting event in the boating world. This is especially so with high performance catamarans in the challenging seas of San Francisco Bay. I used to live and sail in the Bay area. I’m no expert, but I understand what they mean when they sa... Details
When people ask me “Which marine navigation app should I buy?” I tell them to start with the charting they are most familiar with. Apps now support Navionics, C-Map, Garmin and others. For loyal users of Nobeltec software on the PC, there was no app solution until now. During the summer Nobeltec released th... Details
When you arrive in a marina town, one of the tough decisions is where to dine. Keeping a crew happy with the right selection is an art. Should you prepare an outstanding meal on the boat after visiting a farmers market, or sample some of the local flavor through their restaurants? In Ganges, it is worth staying a coupl... Details
Throughout the summer we receive some great cruising blogs we like to share to give our readers ideas for their own cruises or to provide an update on a cruising area. Monty and Margy, from Vancouver, chartered a 43-foot sailboat out of False Creek for 19 days. Monty is an investment advisor and in his off-time he is b... Details
After a long day of cruising, sometimes you just want to sit down to a great meal without having to go far from the harbor. When you arrive in Nanaimo, it is hard to beat Penny’s Palapa, conveniently located on a float amongst the moored boats. It is a popular place and rather than wait out front, they offer to give... Details
Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort
The Ultimate Experience on the Inside Passage
For years, boaters were discouraged from visiting Nimmo Bay. Some report pulling up to the docks and being practically shoed away. The Nimmo Bay Resort facilities were usually full with heli-fishing guests, and they did not have the facilitie... Details
“I’ve seen a lot of change over the years,” says Lorraine Williams, Harbour Manager in Sointula. “I remember when the docks were empty in summer because all the boats were fishing. If there was one sailboat in the harbor, it was a big deal.”
She estimates that now an average of 140 boats per day moor there... Details
Curious about current marine weather conditions in Canada? Or required emergency equipment? Want to report tsunami debris? Need to find a VHF channel for calling another boat? All this information and more is now available quickly and easily on your iPhone. Best of all, it’s free!
Safe Boating’s splash page.... Details
Renowned artist Ray Troll lives and works in Ketchikan. His zany sense of humor permeates all his work – his art, music, and art gallery – but it has a serious side, too.
Ray was born in Corning, New York, near the Pennsylvania border. Raised an Air Force brat, he grew up in 11 different places.
“I wan... Details
I have always had the most unique experiences at Fisherman’s Bar & Grill in Shearwater. To me, the charm is that the bar and restaurant have the look of the famous bar scene from one of the first Star Wars movies. An incredible mix of people is normally present at this north-south crossroads. Around the bar and resta... Details
Washington State Marine Parks are a superb resource for boaters. They typically have trails, campsites, and scenic anchorages. Many have docks and mooring buoys. We highlight all of them in the Waggoner Guide, but we don’t have detailed information on all of their shore side facilities.
The Washington State Parks ... Details
Blind Channel Resort, on West Thurlow Island, is a first-class facility, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that their Cedar Post Inn restaurant is an excellent supper option. We visited on their opening night and had a delicious dinner.
The menu is fairly short, which isn’t surprising given the logistical diffi... Details
Few marine navigation software applications have been available for those of us using Apple computers. Sure, we can dual boot into Windows or run a virtual Windows machine to use Windows based navigation software, but this can be clunky and defeats the purpose of using a Mac in the first place.
Enter Navimatics Char... Details