Shearwater, thanks to its central location, is the crossroads of the Inside Passage. Cruisers, commercial fisherman, sport fisherman, and tugboat captains, among others, all congregate at Sheearwater. Even helicopters and floatplane pilots use Shearwater as their central base. It is fun mixture of people and boats of a... Details
Brand new marinas are rare in the Northwest, so it’s noteworthy when we find one. Last year, Homfray Lodge, in Desolation Sound’s Homfray Channel, opened its doors. Since then, the owners have been busy improving the facility.
Homfray Lodge seen from the water
The three Macey brothers bought the property... Details
For American’s cruising in Canada, staying in touch via cell phone quickly becomes expensive. I’ve heard many horror stories of cruisers returning home to cell phone bills of thousands of dollars. Planning ahead and purchasing Canadian add-on plans through your cell phone provider can reduce roaming costs. But ther... Details
Few marine navigation software applications have been available for those of us using Apple computers. Sure, we can dual boot into Windows or run a virtual Windows machine to use Windows based navigation software, but this can be clunky and defeats the purpose of using a Mac in the first place.
Enter Navimatics Char... Details
This summer I’m cruising around Vancouver Island in my 22’ C-Dory Retriever. This is a trip I’ve wanted to do for a long time, so it’s exciting to actually get underway.
I enjoy seeing the reactions from people when I tell them what I’m doing on the “little boat.” Beginning somewhere around Desolation ... Details
Marinas, chambers of commerce, yacht clubs, and other groups regularly send us information on their events. Cruisers often ask us if there are notable events they should know about. To help both groups, we've created a "master" calendar for boating related events in the Pacific Northwest. The calendar is sortable by cr... Details
Have you been to the Doe Bay Resort and Retreat on Orcas Island? It’s located on the eastern shore, off Rosario Strait, about mid-way up the Orcas Island shoreline before Lawrence Pt. With just two mooring balls and room to anchor, it’s not a fancy marina, but really an open roadstead with a good mud bottom. Take ... Details
Leaving the dock for an extended voyage is always challenging. Groceries must be bought and stored, spare parts must be inventoried, and systems must be checked. Even though we do this every year, things don't always work according to plan.
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My origina... Details
Weather defines much of our cruising. When it’s windy, we’re reluctant to venture through the “gates” that divide cruising areas. The direction and strength of winds impacts where we anchor and how much scope we use. For sailors, winds can make the difference between a slog under power and a thrilling sleigh ... Details
Daniel Cranmer, of Alert Bay, hosted his final potlatch in 1921. During the potlatch, the Canadian government swept in, confiscating native artifacts and regalia and distributing them among museums and private, non-native individuals. Potlatches were outlawed and Cranmer was a criminal.
Since then, Bill Cranmer, on... Details
July 24. We crossed the Strait of Georgia southbound yesterday. At the moment we’re snugged down in Sibell Bay at the mouth of Ladysmith Harbour in British Columbia’s Gulf Islands, and we might spend a second night here. Or we might not. Several stops further south are appealing. We’re on our way home.
Strait ... Details