Holidays San Juan Island Style

In the San Juan Islands, holiday celebrations are a blend of small town sensibility harkening back to a simpler time with the creative energy of communities rich with tradition and talent. It’s an ideal time to leave the malls and crowds behind and jump on the boat and experience the holidays San Juan Island style. From…

Matia Island – A Pristine Island with an Intriguing Past

As one of the San Juan Islands’ “Boundary Islands,” Matia Island (pronounced Ma-TEE-ah) is visited by thousands of recreational boaters each year. The island is incredibly beautiful and has a sense of adventure. It seems to floats on the waters of the Strait of Georgia, east of the boundary between the United States and Canada…

Sucia Island Marine State Park

A Diamond in the Rough – Sucia Island Marine State Park

Sign memorializing Ev Henry and the 40 yacht clubs. There’s something very special about Sucia Island Marine State Park’s incredible beauty, many bays, coves, beaches, and trails. Its shoreline is the product of Mother Nature’s artistry with smooth sandstone curves, rounded arches and honeycomb hollows, plus six bays possessing their own unique personality. Arlene and…

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Mark Bunzel’s 2016 Cruise Report No. 4

Cruising Report No. 4 Sidney to Lopez Island   Telegraph Harbour Marina – Correction – Pizzas are still coming out of their oven! In the last edition of my cruising report, it was incorrectly reported that they no longer have food service or pizzas. Please note that Telegraph Harbour Marina still has their well-appreciated pizzas…

Extended Provisioning

Extended Provisioning for Cruising North of the Border

When cruising north of the border, we enjoy anchoring Easy Goin’ in one of the many secluded coves, miles from the nearest dock. To do that, Arlene and I have learned the art of extended provisioning so we can enjoy well planned and nourishing meals while exploring the Inside Passage. Keys to Extended Provisioning  Organization…

New U.S. Customs Procedures for Canadian Boats

Beginning in 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has new procedures in place for for Canadian vessels visiting the United States. Canadian vessels are no longer required to purchase a U.S. Customs user fee decal. Instead, they must purchase a cruising license. Cruising licenses are valid for one year. Here is the press release from U.S.…