Deep Cove Public Wharf and North Shore Marina.

Day Tripping to British Columbia’s Deep Cove in Indian Arm

The Creek Marina (formerly Mosquito Creek Marina) in North Vancouver served us well as a base of operations for a planned day-trip to Indian Arm. A local’s favorite cruising ground, Indian Arm is one of the most scenic areas in Greater Vancouver. The Coast Range Mountains rise 5,000 feet over the inlet. From Vancouver Harbour,…

Outboard Motor Service

Cruisers College – Outboard Motor Service, Repair and Maintenance, Oct. 15

Cruisers College Outboard Motor Service, Repair, and Maintenance, Oct. 15 with Matt Mardesich October 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $45 Register here. Matt Mardesich will take you through the ins and outs of your outboard engine during this 3-hour class. Nearly every cruising boat has an outboard powered dinghy. These motors have been around for…

Cruisers College – Marine Communications, Oct. 15

Cruisers College Marine Communications, Oct. 15 with Terry Sparks October 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $45 Register here. Marine communications are more than just talking on your Marine VHF radio. There are methods for long range marine communications and short range marine communications. This course will also discuss Internet and weather communications methods. Most importantly…

Single Side Band Radio

Cruisers College – Single Side Band Radios: ICOM M802 Operation, Oct. 15

 Cruisers College Single Side Band Radios: ICOM M802 Operation, Oct. 15 with Terry Sparks October 15, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $45 Register here. High-Frequency Single Side band (HF SSB) is an excellent tool for anyone heading out of the United States or especially for off shore cruising. With HF SSB you can make long range…

Solar Power

Cruisers College – Solar Power & Refrigeration, Oct. 14

Cruisers College Solar Power & Refrigeration with Woody Wentworth October 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $45 Register here. Cruiser College offers this combination course taught by an experienced offshore cruiser and local refrigeration/HVAC specialist, Woody Wentworth. We all love our creature comforts and nothing transforms a boat from a ‘weekend camper’ to an extended ‘comfy…

Cruisers College – Understanding Northwest Weather, Oct. 14

Cruisers College Understanding Northwest Weather with Mark Bunzel October 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. $45 Register here. Understanding Northwest Weather is one of the biggest challenges when cruising in this area. It can make the difference between a good trip, or a trip where the crew is not sure they ever want to boat again!…

Two Weather Courses at the Wooden Boat Festival, Sept. 7

Understanding the weather can make the difference between a pleasant ride and a disaster for you, your family and friends. When boaters are polled about their fears about boating, weather often tops the list. There is a lot of information out there to help you make good weather go or no-go decisions. ~ Lee Chesneau,…

Potable water on the docks.

‘Water Water Everywhere . . .’ Does Potable Really Mean it is Safe? It Doesn’t Sound Safe.

“Is your water potable?” That’s often one of the first questions boaters ask marinas when cruising Northern BC Coast, the Broughton Archipelago and sometimes even in the Gulf Islands. Boaters often find a ‘boil water’ notice or ‘not-potable’ sign at water spigots and hose-bibs on the docks. But what does this mean to boaters and…

Marine Electrical Troubleshooting

Day Long Maintenance Courses at the Wooden Boat Festival, Sept. 6 & 7

Nothing can ruin boating more than a diesel or electrical problem. You could be in a remote destination when something goes wrong and during the prime cruising season, when good maintenance help is hard to find. Having the basic troubleshooting skills can help you diagnose and solve problems, and get you back underway. Even if…

Changes Come to Cowichan Village

Changes Come to Cowichan Village Cowichan Bay, a long-time favorite with many boaters, has seen some recent changes. Fishermen’s Wharf, located behind the breakwater, is the main facility in Cowichan Bay that offers transient moorage. Dungeness Marina was recently sold and no longer offers transient moorage. Bluenose Marina is currently on the market but still offers 100 feet…