Free Pump-outs in False Creek

This summer, boaters visiting Vancouver’s False Creek can pump out holding tanks free of charge at two city-owned marinas on the waterway. The service is offered as part of a city campaign to reduce high E. coli bacteria levels in the creek and English Bay. Pump-out stations at Burrard Civic Marina, under the Burrard Street…

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Bob Hale’s Cruise Report: #4

Reid Harbor, San Juan Islands, July 18 Earlier reports have tended to follow the calendar in what I call a “First we went here and then we went there and gee wasn’t it fun” storyline. The calendar approach certainly has its place. I recently finished Mark Twain’s Innocents Abroad, Vols. I & II, in which…

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Bob Hale’s Cruise Report: #2

Cortes Bay, Desolation Sound, June 28. For the past three nights we’ve been stuck at the dock in Cortes Bay, waiting for gale force winds to subside in Johnstone Strait. “Stuck at the dock” misstates our situation. We’re at Seattle Yacht Club’s wonderful Cortes Bay outstation, with excellent docks, water and power for all boats,…

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Sam Landsman’s Cruise Report: Flotilla Fun

To see this report with photos, click here. Over the last several weeks I led a group of five boats north from Anacortes to Ketchikan. Throughout the trip – and despite having travelled the same route several times before – I was awed by the Inside Passage. I was awed by the scenery and wildlife,…

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Mark Bunzel’s Cruise Report: A Spectacular Summer

To see this report with photos, click here. The weather in the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia and along the Inside Passage has been spectacular for boating during May and June. While this may not be good news for future water supplies and forest fires, the marinas and resorts in the San Juan Islands are already…

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Bob Hale’s Cruise Report: #1

Before beginning, Hello, Pam. Pam is that really nice lady at the Y. She is interested in our boat travels, and asked several times if I would be contributing cruise reports this year. Pender Harbour, B.C., June 23. We’re finishing our second full day at the Seattle Yacht Club outstation in Garden Bay, at the…

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Man Overboard!

As I broke the surface I instinctively swiveled my head, scanning the horizon. Thirty feet away, the dinghy was slowing to a stop. Thank god, I thought, as I began swimming towards it. A moment before I’d been skimming across the water at 20 knots, motoring from Echo Bay back to Shallow Bay. The water…

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Sam Landsman’s Cruise Report: Boundary Islands

The Northern Boundary Islands – Matia, Sucia and Patos – are my favorites in the San Juans. Their sandstone geology­ – sculpted by wind and water – is different from the rest of the San Juans. Their many trails provide excellent hiking. And their location, north of Orcas Island, makes them feel more remote than…

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Mark Bunzel’s Cruise Report: Classic Winter Destinations

For January and February, Sam Landsman, the Waggoner’s Managing Editor, and I take our boats down to Seattle’s Elliott Bay Marina, one of the best managed marinas in the Northwest. The marina is especially convenient while we are exhibiting and giving seminars at the Seattle Boat Show. Why rent a hotel room when you can…

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New Canadian Poultry Restrictions

New cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in the states of California and Idaho. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is implementing measures to protect Canada’s poultry resources from an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza reported in poultry in the states of California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Due to this outbreak, all raw…

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2015 Cruising Seminars

The Inside Passage to Southeast Alaska March 20-22 & April 17-19 Anacortes, WA $225 per person/$395 per couple INCLUDED for Flotilla participants This three-day seminar covers all the information you need to cruise to Southeast Alaska, including exploring Northern British Columbia, Haida Gwaii, and the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Topics include routes to and…

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American Tug 2015 Alaska Flotilla Cruise

Join a group of American Tugs for a flotilla adventure to Alaska in May 2015! Last year we safely took 23 boats from Anacortes, WA to Ketchikan, AK. This year we’re doing it again—this time with a group of American Tugs. Past participants raved about the local knowledge we provided, the camaraderie of cruising with…

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