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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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…

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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 incredible video during the trip. Here are a few examples:  

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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, the waterfalls—they left…

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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 improvements make this a whole new…

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