Bob Hale’s 2014 Cruise Report #1

I began writing this report from the lovely SYC outstation in Garden Bay at the back of Pender Harbour, 40 miles up the coast from Vancouver –with the crossing of the Strait of Georgia behind us. The Strait of Georgia is always a challenge. Even on sunny days winds can blow the water into 4-…

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Friday Harbor Update

It was a shock to many when the Downrigger restaurant caught fire last August 17th. In addition to the restaurant, several businesses on the lower floor were also affected by the severe fire damage to the building. This included a whale tour operator and Friday Harbor Marine. Plans are well underway for a new building…

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Alaska Flotilla 1 Trip Report

Day 12 – Shearwater to Rescue Bay The fleet in Shearwater Life’s changes can sometimes step into the middle of a cruise. Before leaving Anacortes, we knew that Catherine Bearce’s (first mate on the lead boat Sea Raven) father might not be with us much longer. He was 94 and declining in Dallas, TX. Catherine…

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Port Ludlow Automated VHF Check System

Port Ludlow Marina and Resort recently installed an automated VHF radio check system. To use the system, tune your VHF radio to channel 28 and make a test call. The automated system will record the call you make and play it back, allowing you to hear the quality of your transmission. Boaters should check their…

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Book Review: Becoming Wild

Becoming Wild: Living the Primitive Life on a West Coast Island By Nikki van Schyndel The boating community may know Nikki from her survivalist programs presented at Pierre’s Echo Bay Marina and Resort and the eco-tours she gives in the Broughton Island Group. Her story has always been fascinating. A woman in her thirties leaves…

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Boarded!

We were cruising down Tongass Narrows for a two day trip to Misty Fjord National Monument, but we could have been boating anywhere in the U.S. I was last in our group of seven boats, the smallest, with my Tolly 30. The largest was a new Nordhavn 63 flying the Canadian flag. We noticed a…

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Alaska Flotilla 2 Trip Report

The second flotilla was a bit smaller than the first: six participant boats and one lead boat. It also had quite a mix of boats, ranging from a 22’ C-Dory to a 58’ Ocean Alexander. We departed Anacortes on June 1st, bound for Ganges under sunny skies. We cleared Canadian Customs in Bedwell Harbour quickly…

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UPDATE: Gibsons Marina Changes

Gibsons Marina now has very limited transient moorage. Call in advance for availability. Transient boats may have a better chance of finding moorage at the Gibsons Harbour Authority Docks, but transient space there is also limited since many of the guest docks have been made smaller. A new commercial float has been placed on the…

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UPDATE: Swinomish Channel Shallow Spot

A few months ago we announced that dredging on Swinomish Channel was complete. Indeed, it is, but we’ve since heard that a potentially dangerous shallow area near buoy 8 still exists. Arnold Hofmann explains: This past weekend I delivered a 42 foot power boat to Canada for a friend and made the transit through the…

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Emerald Harbor Marine: Service Based on the Customer

Our boats are an investment, an investment in our enjoyment and leisure time on the water. Nothing ruins boating enjoyment more than an equipment breakdown or systems that do not do what they were designed to do. For most of us (us included), our mechanics and other marine trades people are essential. We rely on…

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Waggoner Cruising Guide Updates

The following are our updates from being out cruising or talking to marina managers and harbormasters over the last month. Important Notice for Canadian Customs Clearance While taking our 9-boat flotilla to Alaska we noticed some changes at Canadian Customs in Bedwell Harbour. We suspect other locations are seeing similar levels of heightened inspection and…

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Sam Landsman: Preparing to Leave the Dock

Preparing a new-to-me boat (2000 Nordic Tug 37) for a summer of cruising in Alaska has been a big, winter-long project. Hauling out for bottom paint and dripless shaft seal replacement. The new windlass and Rocna anchor. Below is a partial list of projects I’ve undertaken to be sure the boat is in tip-top shape.…

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