A floatplane flight can take you from Seattle or Renton directly to your boat in 3 to 4 hours. It is painful to hear someone or a cruising couple say “We are going to hold off on a long trip this summer. We have too many obligations at home, or with family.” I have the…Details
Need a little color and flair in your life? What about a tour through history, or a chance to see birds up close? Maybe, you are like me and after a dreary winter need a serious jolt of some mind-blowing electricity? If so, plan to cruise to Bellingham, WA. On my recent trip to the Hotel…Details
In the spring we are all in a rush to get the boat in the water, and it’s tempting to launch the boat or paint the bottom and get back to cruising again. But, to do so without a thorough hull inspection can be an invitation for trouble. Begin your hull inspection by checking for…Details
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During Part 3, we started our trip by flying down to the British Virgin Islands from Seattle, preparing, provisioning and taking off from the MarineMax base at Hodges Creek on the island of Tortola. We checked out our beautiful MarineMax 443 powercat with all the bells and whistles and plenty of lounging and entertainment space.…Details
Cruisers College May Seminars 2017 Marine Electrical Troubleshooting, Design & Installation with Lars Antonsen Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $95 Register here. Cruisers College will take you through the ins and outs of a boat’s electrical systems. There is plenty of information every boat owner should know about these critical systems, whether…Details
With the immense wealth of memorable and enjoyable cruising destinations within The San Juan Islands, it can be difficult to narrow down to which island to visit. But our decision was made easy when Arlene, suggested someplace peaceful and scenic, with hiking and plenty of wildlife. It still didn’t narrow our choices too much, and…Details
When I talk to cruisers and their First Mates, one of the key concerns they have is avoiding bad weather. The truth is – there is so much weather information out there, you should have enough to make a go or no-go decision, even when Mother Nature throws you a curveball. Interpreting the Weather In the…Details
When you think about cruising the Inside Passage do you ever ask yourself these questions? Will the weather be okay? Will it get worse while we are out there? What if I get sick while out on the water? Will I get sea sick? What if we hit a log, or, worse, what if we…Details
With a refreshing glass of sparkling water in hand, I walk out onto my room’s private balcony at the Hotel Bellwether. It’s a typical Pacific Northwest March day with gray clouds and a little rain. From this lofty nook, I see the shifting waters of Bellingham Bay, joggers and dog walkers strolling along the Squalicum Promenade,…Details
The British Virgin Islands – Getting There After planning for months, it was finally time to fly to the Virgin Islands, get to the boat, board, provision, get underway and unwind. Oh yesssss. For our crew, the big challenge was the transition from our busy lives to settling in for a relaxing British Virgin Islands vacation.…Details