Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 14 – Windy Bay

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 14 Windy Bay Day 14 – Saturday After a rainy night at anchor, we continued north up Mathieson Channel. The rains bring out the most beautiful waterfalls along the way. We cruised up to one of the granddaddy’s of them all at Kynoch Falls. All of the boats posed for pictures…

Quiet anchorage at Windy Bay.
BlueSea ELCI Breaker

Don’t Get Tripped-Up by New Shore Power – Updated

As we approached Petersburg, Alaska, with only a few miles remaining northbound on the Wrangell Narrows, we contacted the harbormaster’s office for the night’s moorage. After providing the harbormaster with our vessel’s length and shore power requirements, we were expecting a response with a slip assignment. Instead, the harbormaster asked “are you familiar with ….…


Don’t Forget Eastsound

The charming Village of Eastsound, overlooking East Sound. Settled weather is a prerequisite for an overnight anchorage when visiting the village of Eastsound. Wind from the southeast has a long fetch before reaching the head of the body of water named East Sound, bringing with it some uncomfortable rollers. But the village at the head of…

Waterfalls in Rescue Bay.

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 13 – Rescue Bay

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 13 Rescue Bay Day 13 – Friday It rained, and the wind blew through most of the night. I seriously thought we might just stay another day in Shearwater. The weather reports for the inside channels are almost non-existent. Instead, you hear of winds of 20-30 knots on the outside. I…


Two Weather Courses at the Wooden Boat Festival, Sept. 7

Understanding the weather can make the difference between a pleasant ride and a disaster for you, your family and friends. When boaters are polled about their fears about boating, weather often tops the list. There is a lot of information out there to help you make good weather go or no-go decisions. ~ Lee Chesneau,…

Fisgard Lighthouse at the entrance to Esquimalt Harbour.

Ruins from the 1800’s at Esquimalt Harbour

After departing Victoria Harbour, we circled around Duntz Head in 20-knot winds to make our way back north into nearby Esquimalt Harbour. The Royal Canadian Navy has a base here, and pleasure craft needs to contact ‘Queens Harbour Master Operations’ on VHF Channel 10 when entering and exiting the harbour between Fisgard Lighthouse and Duntze…

Wooden Boat Festival

Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, WA, Sept. 8-10, 2017

Tall ships, paddleboards, kayaks, tugboats, and everything in between—North America’s largest wooden boat festival celebrates its 41st year on September 8–10, 2017. Demonstrations, presentations, plays, music, dancing, and great food—this is a weekend of fun for all ages. (Photo credit (above): Northwest Maritime Center, Irving Mortensen) Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, WA, Sept. 8-10,…


A Sunscreen Solution for Your Face that Really Works

Sunscreen only works when you wear it. As hard as I try, I do not re-apply sunscreen to my face as often as I should mostly because it makes a mess and my skin feels greasy. After you apply, you always have to wash your hands, or it leaves white residue everywhere. A Sunscreen Solution…

More ruins on Village Island.

Historic Ruins on Village Island and Harbledown Island (BC)

This morning we made our way back west through Cramer Pass, then turned south along Retreat and Spring Passages, arriving at New Vancouver on the north side of Harbledown Island. New Vancouver is a Native village in The Broughtons referred to as Tzatsisnukomi in the Kwak’wala language. After tying up at the dock, we were…


Alert Bay A Walk Through Namgis Culture

Alert Bay on Cormorant Island, located on the northeastern side of Vancouver Island, is attractive to boaters as an opportunity to go ashore and stretch their sea legs or load up with provisioning as they travel en route to points north or returning home. For many, Alert Bay, known as the home of the killer…

Outside the U'mista Cultural Centre.