Sharing the joy of the cruising lifestyle with family and friends is incredibly rewarding. It brings people closer together and provides opportunities to learn new skills, enjoy nature, and have fun in a relaxed environment on the water.
And, most importantly you don’t need a second stateroom on your... Details
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... Details
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 wel... Details
When Arlene and I lived south of Seattle, we made at least one visit to Garrison Bay each year. It would be our first stop in the San Juan Islands after crossing the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the beginning our annual migration north to the San Juan and Gulf Islands and points further north. Now that our homep... Details
2016 Cruise Report
Roche Harbor, July 25. Talk about busy. We pulled into the pumpout station at the Roche Harbor Marina fuel dock yesterday afternoon and had to wait for nearly an hour while a boat tied there took on about a zillion gallons of diesel. A boat just behind us also was waiting for the pumpout, an... Details
Cruising Report No. 3
Campbell River to the Gulf Islands
Weather-wise it has been a spectacular summer for our main cruising areas. I am now working my way down through the Gulf Islands.
Leaving the Boat in Campbell River
Mid last month, I left my boat in Campbell River Harbour Authority Fisherm... Details
Cruising Report No. 2
Lund to Port McNeill and down to Campbell River
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Moorage is tight at Lund Harbour‒the gateway marina to Desolation Sound. We arrived late, and even the floating breakwater was full. One of the last slips they fill are in ... Details
2016 Cruise Report
Forested mountainsides and slide scars at Turnbull Cove.
Turnbull Cove, The Broughtons, July 11. It’s morning. Thin clouds are overhead, and occasional sprinkles of rain fell a few minutes ago. The sprinkles weren’t serious and might not return. The air is absolutely calm; the wat... Details
On June 28 it felt good to get underway. Compared to other summers my cruising plans were scheduled much later, and I did not lead a flotilla this year, which would have put me out on the water sooner. In mid-June, my daughter graduated (who was class president at Anacortes High School) and that brought a flurry of act... Details
2016 Cruise Report
Garden Bay, Pender Harbour, June 24. We got to Pender Harbour in late afternoon the day before yesterday, after one of our easiest crossings of the Strait of Georgia. The wind from the previous day had died away to almost nothing, and the only challenge was steering as a relentless low swell ... Details
2016 Cruise Report
Ganges Harbour, Saltspring Island, June 21. It’s just after noon and the summer sky is blue, with white fluffy clouds. But the damned wind is blowing, and not just a little. The flags are standing out stiff. The docks are heaving from waves rolling under them. It looks like we’ll be here ... Details
We have received early reports from many of our correspondents and owners for the resorts and marinas up and down the coast. Things change, owners change and the services change. We've gathered some pre-season updates to help you get on your way for summer cruising.
Also, while you are out cruising, let us know wha... Details
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 Provisioni... Details
Local liveaboards and Pacific NW Boater creators Darren and Lisa O'Brien joined us for our "Best of the Broughtons" flotilla in 2015. They recently wrote this article about their experience for Cruising Outpost magazine. We enjoyed reading their perspective on the trip!
Darren also shot some incredi... Details
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.
By Shawn and Corinne Severn
Photos by Brian Pemberton
Over the 30 years we have been cruising in the Pacific Northwest, many of our special memories come from our winter cruises. They include waking up in Port Madison with a dusting of snow covering the boat, watching the mist roll out of Port Ludlow, and the mos... Details
Cruising the Inside Passage to B.C. and S.E. Alaska - April 25-27 Anacortes
The March seminar was sold out and we added a second. We still have a few seats available for the April 25-27 sessions. This 3-day seminar will give you all the information you need to plan the trip of a lifetime cruising the Inside Passa... Details
Washington State Marine Parks are outstanding resources for cruising boaters. Many have mooring buoys, docks, and shore side facilities. Washington State Parks charges $12 per night to use a mooring buoy and $0.60 per foot per night for dock space.
Boaters can also purchase an annual moorage permit for $4.00 per foot.... Details
Customs must be cleared whenever the U.S.-Canada border is crossed, either direction. Generally the process is quick and straightforward, but if the skipper isn’t prepared with the proper information, it can be time-consuming. It is extremely important to follow all the rules, and be polite. While Customs... Details
South Puget Sound
For beauty, cruising in South Puget Sound is similar to cruising the San Juan Islands, except the crowds aren't there. Neither are the restaurants.
South Sound has a number of excellent marine parks and several marinas, such as Jarrell’s Cove, Longbranch and Boston Harbor. Plan to enjoy ... Details