Gear Review: RAM Mounts

Gear Review: RAM Mounts My iPad is one of the most useful devices on the boat. The chart plotting apps are so useful, in fact, that I use it as a second plotter almost all the time. One of the challenges of this is keeping the iPad secure, especially aboard a small boat. My solution? The RAM (Round-a-Mount) Mount. RAM Mounts has been in b...
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Report #4: Estevan Point and Clayoquot Sound

Report #4: Estevan Point and Clayoquot Sound “West coast Vancouver Island south: wind northwest 25-35 knots; seas 3-4 meters.” At 4:30 am, this isn’t the forecast I want to hear. My goal is to make it around Estevan Point, from Friendly Cove in Nootka Sound to Hot Springs Cove in Clayoquot Sound. But the weather doesn’t seem to be cooperating. The...
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Profile: Lorraine Williams, Sointula

Profile: Lorraine Williams, Sointula “I’ve seen a lot of change over the years,” says Lorraine Williams, Harbour Manager in Sointula. “I remember when the docks were empty in summer because all the boats were fishing. If there was one sailboat in the harbor, it was a big deal.” She estimates that now an average of 140 boats per day moor there...
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Inner cove at Moncton Inlet

Inner cove at Moncton Inlet Even the most protected-appearing anchorages can have a surprise or two. Moncton Inlet is just off Principe Channel, on the west side of Pitt Island, near the south end of the island. This particular anchorage in Moncton Inlet is a tiny 4-fathom hole surrounded by high, steep hills. The entrance to the hole is quite sh...
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NEWS FLASH: Hartley Bay — Fuel Availability Update

NEWS FLASH: Hartley Bay — Fuel Availability Update Our apologies for the delay getting this update posted, but we did receive word a couple of days ago that there is now fuel at Hartley Bay. Bob Jennings sent a note saying: I called them today and they have fuel, they got their shipment of fuel yesterday (Aug 9), so no problems getting fuel at Hartley Bay. Th...
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Mark Bunzel’s Cruising Report #4

Mark Bunzel’s Cruising Report #4 Important News: Bella Bella - The grocery, liquor store, cafe and post office in New Bella Bella had a massive fire on the morning of July 12th. New supplies were barged up with plans to have the band store open by Monday July 15th. Other Fire News - Fourth of July fireworks fires claimed a number of dry stor...
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App Review: Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Safe Boating

App Review: Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Safe Boating Curious about current marine weather conditions in Canada? Or required emergency equipment? Want to report tsunami debris? Need to find a VHF channel for calling another boat? All this information and more is now available quickly and easily on your iPhone. Best of all, it’s free! Safe Boating’s splash page....
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Profile: Ray Troll

Profile: Ray Troll Renowned artist Ray Troll lives and works in Ketchikan. His zany sense of humor permeates all his work – his art, music, and art gallery – but it has a serious side, too. Ray was born in Corning, New York, near the Pennsylvania border. Raised an Air Force brat, he grew up in 11 different places. “I wan...
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Bob Hale’s 2013 Cruise Report #1

Bob Hale’s 2013 Cruise Report #1 Cap Sante Marina, Anacortes. The walk along Anacortes’s Commercial Avenue had the usual effect of attacking my wallet. We’re back at the boat now and the wallet is safe. What fun, to stroll down a shop-lined street and take the time to look inside. Anna’s Cross Stitch, a spacious yarn, knitting and needlepoint st...
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NEWS FLASH: Squirrel Cove Hearing Delayed to July 24

NEWS FLASH: Squirrel Cove Hearing Delayed to July 24 A public hearing on the controversial plan for a major new marina in Squirrel Cove has been rescheduled to July 24 at Gorge Hall, 1375 Robertson Road, Cortes Island. The hearing was originally scheduled for July 6. The hearing offers cruising boaters a final opportunity to oppose the development that would radically al...
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Restaurant of the Month: Fisherman’s Bar & Grill (Shearwater)

Restaurant of the Month: Fisherman’s Bar & Grill (Shearwater) I have always had the most unique experiences at Fisherman’s Bar & Grill in Shearwater. To me, the charm is that the bar and restaurant have the look of the famous bar scene from one of the first Star Wars movies. An incredible mix of people is normally present at this north-south crossroads. Around the bar and resta...
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