Winter Cruising: Paradise Found and Espar Woes

Maybe it’s the unseasonably dry and sunny winter. Perhaps it’s the new-to-me boat. Whatever it is, winter cruising has been particularly enjoyable this season. For the first time ever, we spent Christmas on the boat. We’re not a particularly religious family, and in years past we’ve spent Christmas skiing at Crystal Mountain. Unfortunately for local…

Cruise Report: Wind, Waves, and Ice at Sucia Island

Winter boating in the northwest can be magnificent. State parks, anchorages, and marinas that fill to capacity in summer are seldom visited in winter. Waterways are free from recreational boat traffic. Occasionally, icicles bring new drama to familiar scenes. Winter cruising also stresses a boat far more than summer cruising. Short daylight hours, cold temperatures,…

Report #3: Bunsby Islands, Kyuquot Sound, Esperanza Inlet, and Nootka Sound

Columbia Cove and the Bunsby Islands The first anchorage south of Brooks Peninsula is Columbia Cove. The mooring buoys that once occupied the cove have been removed, but anchorage is good. It’s a beautiful spot, ripe for exploration by dinghy or kayak. Densely forested hills rise abruptly from the water’s edge and dramatic rock formations…