Igloo Cooler Gray

Igloo MaxCold Quantum Roller Cooler

I have two prerequisites for a cooler, it has to keep ice frozen for a minimum of four days, and it has to have wheels. I used to have a rolling cooler that tipped from end to end, but it was like a bad slinky, fun to watch but not practical. The ones that tip…


Cruisers College – Outboard Motor Service, Repair and Maintenance, Oct. 15

Cruisers College Outboard Motor Service, Repair, and Maintenance, Oct. 15 with Matt Mardesich October 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $45 Register here. Matt Mardesich will take you through the ins and outs of your outboard engine during this 3-hour class. Nearly every cruising boat has an outboard powered dinghy. These motors have been around for…

Outboard Motor Service

Chatterbox Falls the Easy Way

Lorena – “I sure would like to see Chatterbox Falls again in Princess Louisa Inlet.” Leonard – “Are you sure? It’s 10 nautical miles up Agamemnon Channel, then another 30 nautical miles to Malibu Rapids which becomes a timing issue, and another 4 miles to Chatterbox Falls, plus the time to get back, that’s a 2-3…


Cruisers College – Marine Communications, Oct. 15

Cruisers College Marine Communications, Oct. 15 with Terry Sparks October 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $45 Register here. Marine communications are more than just talking on your Marine VHF radio. There are methods for long range marine communications and short range marine communications. This course will also discuss Internet and weather communications methods. Most importantly…


Cruisers College – Single Side Band Radios: ICOM M802 Operation, Oct. 15

 Cruisers College Single Side Band Radios: ICOM M802 Operation, Oct. 15 with Terry Sparks October 15, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $45 Register here. High-Frequency Single Side band (HF SSB) is an excellent tool for anyone heading out of the United States or especially for off shore cruising. With HF SSB you can make long range…

Single Side Band Radio

Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway – Art, History and Good Eats

As we traversed Commencement Bay, headed for Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway, I kept thinking about when I was a young boy, and our family took Sunday drives to Tacoma to visit relatives. As we approached the tide flats, the car would fill with a stench. The challenge was to hold your breath long enough to…


Cruisers College – Solar Power & Refrigeration, Oct. 14

Cruisers College Solar Power & Refrigeration with Woody Wentworth October 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $45 Register here. Cruiser College offers this combination course taught by an experienced offshore cruiser and local refrigeration/HVAC specialist, Woody Wentworth. We all love our creature comforts and nothing transforms a boat from a ‘weekend camper’ to an extended ‘comfy…

Solar Power

Cruiser’s College Seminars in October and November

Have you seen our lineup of upcoming Cruisers College seminars in October and November? Cruisers College Seminars October 2017 10/14 Understanding Northwest Weather from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $45 See details and register HERE. 10/14 Solar Energy & Marine Refrigeration from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $45 See details and register HERE. 10/15 Outboard Motor Service, Repair, and…


WWII Ruins on Yorke Island in Johnstone Strait

The reef just off Yorke Island in Johnstone Strait. Departing Lagoon Cove we motored through ‘The Blow Hole’ between E. Cracroft and Minstrel Islands into Chatham and Havannah Channels reaching Johnstone Strait.  Not surprising, Johnstone Strait was choppy but improved as we proceeded eastward. Seeing that the seas had become settled, we took the opportunity to…

Main Gun Emplacement at the top of Yorke Island.
The Longhouse at Totem Bight State Park.

Waggoner Guide Flotilla 2017 Wrap-up

 Waggoner Guide Flotilla 2017 Wrap-up We came together as strangers and departed Ketchikan as good friends. I continued north to leave my boat in Wrangell and five boats decided to tag along. We stopped for a night in Meyers Chuck in very pleasant weather and then on to Wrangell. Some continued working their way up…


Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 20 – Ketchikan

 Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 19 Ketchikan Day 20 – Friday This was the last official day of the flotilla trip. We organized a bus trip up to Totem Bight State Historical Park to see the totem and clanhouse. The bus is the most economical way to get there. The price went up this year. The…

Creek Street in Ketchikan, Alaska