The Cabana at Cap Sante Marina ― Anthony’s New Casual Restaurant

The Cabana at Cap Sante Marina ― Anthony’s New Casual Restaurant Anacortes has a new restaurant―The Cabana―which is next to Anthony’s at Cap Sante. The Cabana offers a casual and family-friendly dining atmosphere. Guests seat themselves in the open dining area, and a server comes to your table to take your order. Patrons of age also have the option to sit at the bar, but ot...
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Bloedel Reserve – Spend the Day in Tranquility

Bloedel Reserve – Spend the Day in Tranquility The Reserve is a place that offers the visitor a variety of experiences in nature; it is a place where one is reminded of the fundamental bond between man and nature; it is a place to enjoy. ―Prentice Bloedel, Bloedel Reserve Founder Bloedel Reserve, on Bainbridge Island, is a place of tranquility. Trails meander ...
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TrawlerFest in Anacortes on May 17-21, 2016

TrawlerFest in Anacortes on May 17-21,  2016 PassageMaker’s TrawlerFest returns to Anacortes, WA, May 17-21 with a boat show that offers seminars, exhibits, social events, and over 60 boats in the water. The show, May 17-21 at Cap Sante Marina, is aimed at recreational boaters who cruise or want to cruise for long periods or live aboard their vessels. Fo...
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5th Street Bistro ― Early Evening Trio for $25

5th Street Bistro ― Early Evening Trio for $25 For tequila drinkers, I suggest the Mariposa. We enjoy eating out and often search for prix fixe dining options, as it means more money in our pockets for boating. At 5th Street Bistro, in the Majestic Inn & Spa in Anacortes, they have an early evening trio, which is a 3-course meal for $25, served duri...
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Ranger Tug 23: A surprisingly roomy pocket cruiser – yes in 23 feet

Ranger Tug 23: A surprisingly roomy pocket cruiser – yes in 23 feet I walked by the Ranger Tug 23 several times at the Seattle Boat Show. To be honest, I had low expectations.  It was new, small and I did not even bother to go aboard at the show. When the email came through inviting me for a sea trial, my curiosity was piqued. The end result―a pleasant surprise―the Ranger Tug ...
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Zip Through the Trees With Zip San Juan

Zip Through the Trees With Zip San Juan In the Pacific Northwest, there are plenty of cruising thrills to be had with open water crossings, navigating rapids and whale sightings. There is also another kind of thrill, one that zips through the trees and flies over land, an adventure that can only be experienced at Zip San Juan. Last fall, I found myse...
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Prepare For a Carefree Boating Season―Get Organized With A To-Do-List

Prepare For a Carefree Boating Season―Get Organized With A To-Do-List In the spring rush to get the boat ready, it’s tempting to just paint the bottom and get back to cruising again. But to do so without a thorough inspection can be an invitation for future trouble. The extra hours that it takes to methodically inspect vital systems and to make repairs where necessary will save ...
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Spring Boating and Washington Wines This Weekend in Anacortes

Spring Boating and Washington Wines This Weekend in Anacortes This weekend the forecast is sunny and bright and best of all there are two popular events in our home port―the Anacortes Spring Boat Show and Anacortes Spring Wine Festival. The Anacortes Spring Boat Show―April 8, 9, and 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Is your summer dream to cruise Pacific Northwest waters in your...
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Waggoner Flotilla Article in Cruising Outpost

Waggoner Flotilla Article in Cruising Outpost 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...
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Exploring Desolation Sound

Exploring Desolation Sound Soon after we began boating in the Pacific Northwest we started hearing stories of warm waters and beautiful scenery in Desolation Sound. After hearing these tales , we wanted (needed) to explore Desolation Sound. I had previously taken a trip on a friend’s boat to Princess Louisa Inlet. Malibu Rapids, the fjord,...
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The New Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano: An Impressive Redesign

The New Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano: An Impressive Redesign My first reaction is―don’t confuse the Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano with the legacy Camano 31. They may look alike, but the new version is significantly improved while at the same time maintaining the famous Keelform hull that made the Camano 31 such a well-regarded cruising boat. Summary: So many improve...
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