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. Royal Canadian Marine Search and…

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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…

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Report #3: Bunsby Islands, Kyuquot Sound, Esperanza Inlet, and Nootka Sound

Columbia Cove and the Bunsby Islands The first anchorage south of Brooks Peninsula is Columbia Cove. The mooring buoys that once occupied the cove have been removed, but anchorage is good. It’s a beautiful spot, ripe for exploration by dinghy or kayak. Densely forested hills rise abruptly from the water’s edge and dramatic rock formations…

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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 store, yielded…

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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 alter navigation and…

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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…

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Mark Bunzels Cruising Report #3

June 14 – Prince Rupert to Ketchikan We were greeted with a sunny day, light winds and calm seas for our crossing of Dixon Entrance. For those who fear crossing Dixon Entrance, there are days where it is flat calm. Now I just have to worry about my return crossing to Prince Rupert next Wednesday.…

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Review: XTRATUF Dock Shoes

You won’t want to take them off! At last January’s Seattle Boat Show I noticed something new at the LFS booth: XTRATUF shoes. The word was “once you put them on, you will not want to take them off.” The XTRATUF name is legendary for their legacy brown gum boots that have been a favorite…

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Report #2: Cape Scott, Quatsino Sound, and Brooks Peninsula

Few cruising grounds in the Pacific Northwest demand more respect than the west coast of Vancouver Island. With pounding surf, boat-eating rocks that lie miles offshore, fog, and few rescue options, this coast requires constant vigilance. And Cape Scott, at the northwest corner, and Brooks Peninsula, a bit further south, are among the most treacherous…

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App Review: WA State Parks Guide

Washington State Marine Parks are a superb resource for boaters. They typically have trails, campsites, and scenic anchorages. Many have docks and mooring buoys. We highlight all of them in the Waggoner Guide, but we don’t have detailed information on all of their shore side facilities. The Washington State Parks Department recently launched an app…

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Mill Bay Marina Improvements

Renovations at the Mill Bay Marina (in the Gulf Islands) have been completed, and the new facility is magnificent. The new concrete docks are wide and stable. They have 700 feet of moorage for visiting boaters and can accommodate boats to 150 feet. Water, 30- and 50-amp power, fuel, pumpout, laundry, and showers are available.…

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USCG and RCMP Formalize Shiprider Arrangement

On June 17th, 2013 the United States Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Mounted Police signed an agreement to allow specially trained officers to work on both USCG and RCMP vessels. This shiprider agreement is intended to provide law enforcement additional means to interdict and apprehend suspected criminals. For recreational boaters, this agreement means that RCMP…

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