Alaska Flotilla Day 3 – Silva Bay to Pender Harbour

Sunrise at Silva Bay. The Strait of Georgia is one of the significant “gates” on the trip in the Waggoner Cruising Guide’s Alaska Flotilla Day 3. It’s a big body of water—20 miles wide and 150 miles long. When it’s windy, the Strait of Georgia gets rough. Today it was calm. I woke early enough…

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Alaska Flotilla Day 2 – Ganges to Silva Bay

    Today was a short day—28 nautical miles of protected water from Ganges to Silva Bay with the Waggoner Cruising Guide Alaska Flotilla Day 2. We left about 10:30 a.m., transited Gabriola Pass just before slack at 2:01 p.m., and arrived in Silva Bay Marine Resort soon after. Easy, smooth water along the way.…

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Alaska Flotilla Day 2

Alaska Flotilla Day 1 – Anacortes to Ganges

The last week has been super busy as I prepare for the Waggoner Cruising Guide Alaska Flotilla. Finalizing the watermaker install, tinkering with systems, provisioning, saying bye to friends and family. Waggoner Cruising Guide Alaska Flotilla Day 1 Yesterday, I moved the boat around from Skyline Marina to Cap Sante Marina, fueled up, picked up…

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PRESEASON INFLATABLE CARE

Most tenders are subjected to pretty tough conditions Most inflatable boats and (Rigid Hull Inflatables) RIBs are used as tenders and are subjected to some pretty tough conditions, but if maintained properly, they should provide 10 to 20 years of service.  A little springtime preventive maintenance will help extend a tender’s life and provide a…

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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 other tables…

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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 through…

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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. For many people…

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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 during the…

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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 myself with…

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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…

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