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On-The-Water Cruising Updates for 2017
(This list will be ongoing and added as reports come in. The most recent update will be at the top.)
Northern B.C. Coast
- Lizzie Cove (June 6, 2017)
Pete and Rene Darwin are ready for another season welcoming boaters to their docks in Lizzie Cove. The docks and their floating homes are located in the southeast end of Lizzie Cove off Lama Passage. They welcome transient boaters and monitor VHF channel 10. Rene noted that Saturday, July 15th is the date for this year’s annual Pig Roast.
- Café at Hope Bay
The popular Hope Bay Café that closed in 2016 has re-opened as Philly’s Diner and carries on the tradition of tasty, well-prepared dishes. The décor is also similar, showcasing local art; and you can’t beat the window-side views overlooking Navy Channel. Philly’s Diner is open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 9pm. See Waggoner Cruising Guide for dock and buoy moorage information.
- New Bar and Patio at Port Browning Marina
Port Browning Marina recently completed transforming a former café area into a delightful modern-style bar area complete with roll-up doors to an adjoining glass-enclosed patio area overlooking the marina. The new bar will be open for this 2017 cruising season, ready for thirsty traveling boaters.
- Montague Public Wharf Monitored
New for 2017 is video monitoring at the Montague Public Wharf and a pleasant greeting from the on-site wharfinger. Boats and dinghies can tie-up at the Public Wharf for a two-hour complimentary stay, after which a fee must be paid at the self-registration payment box at the head of the ramp. These changes should help keep space available for both boats and dinghies. The public dock is a popular place to leave the dinghy while taking the bus to the Hummingbird Pub located inland.
Desolation Sound & Discovery Passage
- New Docks at Denham Bay Resort
On the northwest side of Dent Rapids is the charming Denham Bay Resort. New docks are on-site at Denham Bay and once they have been configured and secured, the resort will have a total of 500 feet of moorage accommodating boats up to 60 feet. Peter and Sarah are ready to welcome guests including those who may not have been able to moor here in previous years. Their long-time dream of owning a resort continues to evolve for the benefit of everyone. Denham Bay is a convenient place to overnight for timing the rapids in the area.
- Jennis Bay Marina
The new telephone number for Jennis Bay Marina is 778-762-3037. As an alternate, try calling 250-954-8112. Email contact remains firstname.lastname@example.org. General Manager, Peter Turnbull and year-round caretaker, Warren Oliver will be welcoming marina guests this season since Allyson has departed for other endeavors. There is a surprising amount of activity at secluded, rustic Jennis Bay Marina with work boats and pleasure craft coming and going. When arriving at Jennis Bay Marina, leave the log boom breakwater and yellow buoys to starboard. Use caution approaching the marina. About 500 feet southeast of the marina’s log boom and yellow buoys, is a logging camp mooring float and a ‘standing boom’ extending 400 feet from the northeast shore. Neither of these two obstructions is charted or lit.
- Sullivan Bay Marina
As we arrived at Sullivan Bay, staff had just finished pressure washing the moorage floats, getting ready for the 2017 season. A familiar smell of fresh cedar filled the air as they worked on the installation of new decking planks for the floats in front of the store. According to Debbie, they are ready for another busy season and will be offering buffet style dinners in the restaurant on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Boaters may wish to participate in the special offer this season for a third night’s free moorage after 2-paid nights of moorage. Visiting dogs will appreciate the new ‘doggy poop deck’ located behind the fuel dock. Wifi will be available, just a reminder that Wifi at remote locations such as Sullivan Bay has limited bandwidth, and boaters are asked to restrict their internet access to email (without large attachments).
- Shawl Bay Marina
Renovations are underway at Shawl Bay Marina and the marina remains closed at this time. New owners plan to have renovations completed later this 2017 season with limited transient moorage possibly available later in the season. Check back at WaggonerGuide.com for the latest on Shawl Bay Marina
San Juan Islands
- Rosario Resort – Signage at New Docks (4/27/17)
As reported in Rosario Resort & Spa – New Docks, New Marina Configuration, and Much More (April 2017), Rosario Resort & Spa has all new docks in a ‘U’ shape configuration. The new docks have been installed and are available for the 2017 boating season. Signage for slip numbers will soon be posted at the water end of the finger piers. In the meantime, the harbormaster will provide directions to an assigned slip. The two arms of the ‘U’ shaped docks are designated as North and South and numbered starting from the deep water (east) entrance of the ‘U.’ See the article with a dock diagram.
- Roche Harbor Marina Update – Ethanol Free Gasoline (3/11/17)
The fuel dock at Roche Harbor now has ethanol-free gasoline. Kevin, the harbormaster reports that they have secured a reliable source for ethanol-free gasoline and are pleased to offer this to boaters in addition to diesel fuel. Still located below the flag pavilion, the fuel dock is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Other upgrades at Roche Harbor include GFI safety protected shore power on J-Dock and an expanded outdoor events pavilion area. See the WaggonerGuide.com article Don’t Get Tripped-Up by New Shore Power for more information about GFI protected shore power.
Roche Harbor Market (3/11/17)
This year, there are a couple of changes at The Company Store, which includes new deli items, “grab and go” snack trays, and locally-made alcoholic beverages like craft beers, cider from Westcott Bay Cider, wine from San Juan Vineyards and Lopez Island Vineyards and we’ve heard a new winery will be launching soon. There are also new floors and a new reading corner, which has a selection of cruising guides and books. (Photo credit: Roche Harbor Resort)
- New Trolley Service in Tacoma – Downtown to Point Defiance (4/25/17)
This summer, it will be easier for boaters to explore Tacoma’s Point Defiance with the NEW Downtown to Defiance trolley route. Service on this route will run from June 2 through September 3, 2017. The hours have not be finalized, but most likely will be Friday thru Sunday from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm, every 30 minutes. Price: $1 adults and youth, .50¢ seniors.