Mark Bunzel’s Cruising Report #7

Mark Bunzel’s Cruising Report #7 August 15 - Ladysmith to Thetis This morning we took a quick tour of Ladysmith and had a meeting with Tom Irwin, the executive director of the Ladysmith Maritime Museum. This group is amazing and over 200 volunteers strong. Where else can you find a community run marina that is this much fun? The place just oozes ent...
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Restaurant of the Month: Penny’s Palapa

Restaurant of the Month: Penny’s Palapa After a long day of cruising, sometimes you just want to sit down to a great meal without having to go far from the harbor. When you arrive in Nanaimo, it is hard to beat Penny’s Palapa, conveniently located on a float amongst the moored boats. It is a popular place and rather than wait out front, they offer to give...
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Mark Bunzel’s Cruising Report #6

Mark Bunzel’s Cruising Report #6 This cruise report starts on dry land. I mention this because it demonstrates the versatility of cruising the Inside Passage. With floatplane services, ferry systems, rental cars and even shuttle buses, there are many ways to get to and from your boat. I left my boat in Campbell River at Fisherman’s Wharf and re...
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Whiskey Golf: The Reality

Whiskey Golf: The Reality During our morning weather check, I noted that Whiskey Golf would be active. When it was our time to cross from Lasqueti Island to Nanaimo, we set a course for the Ballenas Islands. From there we could take the safe corridor in front of Winchelsea Island. We didn’t expect a better-than-television show, complete...
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Bob Hale’s 2013 Cruise Report #3

Bob Hale’s 2013 Cruise Report #3 The July 1 Canada Day celebrations are taken seriously in the Broughtons, if the words “celebration” and “seriously” can be used together. We had overnighted June 30 at the Sullivan Bay Marina and knew they were getting ready for their annual July 4 U.S. Independence Day party—the old-fashioned parade on the ...
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Report #5: Barkley Sound

Report #5: Barkley Sound Flexibility may be the most important characteristic of a successful cruise. Flexibility means you move when the weather is right and the boat is ready. It means prioritizing safety and comfort over schedules. Confidence is also critical. Confidence in the boat, her systems, and her maintenance. Confidence in your ...
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UPDATE: Langley Marina Construction

UPDATE: Langley Marina Construction The Port of South Whidbey is in the process of expanding its Langley marina facilities. The existing marina will continue essentially unchanged and will operate normally during construction. A new, 400-foot long floating breakwater will be installed, creating a second basin for moorage. Construction is scheduled to be ...
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Restaurant of the Month: Nimmo Bay Resort

Restaurant of the Month: Nimmo Bay Resort Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort The Ultimate Experience on the Inside Passage For years, boaters were discouraged from visiting Nimmo Bay. Some report pulling up to the docks and being practically shoed away. The Nimmo Bay Resort facilities were usually full with heli-fishing guests, and they did not have the facilitie...
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Mark Bunzel’s Cruising Report #5

Mark Bunzel’s Cruising Report #5 Important News: A suspicious, early morning fire has damaged Cafe Olga and the Orcas Artworks in Olga on Orcas Island (San Juan Islands). The Cafe and gallery will most likely be closed for repairs for the rest of the season. A new coffee shop on the dock at the Port McNeill Fuel Dock & Marina named Exhalatte...
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New Genoa Bay-Cowichan Bay Shuttle

New Genoa Bay-Cowichan Bay Shuttle Waggoner reader Fred Triggs sent us this news about a new water taxi that runs between Genoa Bay and Cowichan Bay: We enjoy both places, but as they are all of 2 miles apart, which to choose for the night when nights are few and good places to go are many? Now comes an answer. We saw this water taxi p...
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New WA State BUI Law

New WA State BUI Law Washington State has just enacted a new boating under the influence (BUI) law that substantially increases penalties for operating a boat while intoxicated. BUI is now a gross misdeameanor, rather than simply a misdemeanor. Penalties for BUI are now up to a $5000 fine and/or 364 days in jail If an officer with...
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Bob Hale’s 2013 Cruise Report #2

Bob Hale’s 2013 Cruise Report #2 Sointula, Malcolm Island. I’ve decided Sointula is where the friendly dogs are kept. This morning I stepped off the boat and spied a medium-size pooch a short distance down the dock. He cocked his ears forward and looked at me expectantly. “Hello, Doggie,” I said, and tried to look welcoming. The dog padded over ...
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