Sailing in the August Wind Storm

Sailing in the August Wind Storm Remember that wind storm at the end of August? Steve Purcell, one of my neighbors at the marina, thought it would be a great opportunity to sail up Rosario Strait, from Watmough Bay on Lopez Island to Sucia Island. With winds gusting over 50 knots, he had quite a ride. Here's the video... August 29 2015 Winds...
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An Unexpected Cruise

An Unexpected Cruise One of the joys of living aboard is the ability to easily get away on the boat. There's no packing or schlepping, no loading and unloading the car—no hassle, really. So last Wednesday evening, right after the electrician finished installing my new inverter, I decided to head out to the islands for a night. I'd be ba...
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Office Aboard

Office Aboard One the thing that attracted me to the Nordic Tug 37 was the large chart table in the pilothouse. No, I wasn't that interested in using paper charts—I grew up boating with electronic charts—but I liked the large, flat surface. A perfect standing desk, I thought. But after some use with my laptop I discovered the he...
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Sam Landsman’s Cruise Report: Haida Gwaii

Sam Landsman’s Cruise Report: Haida Gwaii In 2013 we added Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, to the Waggoner Cruising Guide. Publisher Mark Bunzel had visited Haida Gwaii and raved about the experience. When I talked with boaters who’d visited, most raved about it, too. I knew I needed to go, but when? Finally, this summer, I made i...
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Bob Hale’s Cruise Report: #3

Bob Hale’s Cruise Report: #3 Pender Harbour, July 6. For the first time in more than 20 years we didn’t get to the Broughtons. Day after day, the winds in Johnstone Strait began at 20 knots northwest, building to 35 knots by evening. Conditions would have changed if we waited long enough, but we need to be back in Roche Harbor by July 20. We cou...
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Pleasant Harbor Marina Upgrades Complete

Pleasant Harbor Marina Upgrades Complete [caption id="attachment_1712" align="aligncenter" width="960"] The new office, restaurant, and store at Pleasant Harbor Marina.[/caption] After several years of construction, the new building at Pleasant Harbor Marina on Hood Canal is open for business. On the ground level are the marina office, a small store, and T...
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Dreamspeaker 4 – San Juan Islands

New, Revised Second Edition By Anne & Laurence Yeadon-Jones Now in its NEW Second Edition for 2016 – with updated information. The San Juan Islands are a special cruising destination for all who visit. Anne & Laurence Yeadon-Jones have expanded their beautifully illustrated cruising guides, of Southern British Columbia, to include the U.S. San Juan…

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Exploring North Coast of British Columbia

Exploring the North Coast of British Columbia

“Nothing can replace local knowledge and Exploring the North Coast of British Columbia provides excellent local knowledge from a seasoned research and writing team. The Douglasses have personally researched several thousand anchor sites over the entire coast.” George Eaton, Director, Hydrography, Pacific Region, Canadian Hydrographic Service Exploring the North Coast of British Columbia takes seafaring…

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Ketchikan Customs Updates

Ketchikan Customs Updates US Customs in Ketchikan is now accepting NEXUS and I-68. If you and all of your passengers are part of the NEXUS or I-68 programs, call ahead with your BR number and you will most likely be cleared by phone. Call the Ketchikan CBP office directly at 907-225-2254. Because of additional staff, Ketchikan US Customs is ...
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New Marina Construction Underway in Prince Rupert

New Marina Construction Underway in Prince Rupert For years the Prince Rupert Rowing and Yacht Club has had limited moorage for visiting boaters. Two years ago, the mayor of Prince Rupert announced the development of a new marina in front of Atlin Terminal. Progress is being made: the pilings are in, the docks are being built on land, and they are scheduled to be inst...
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