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 probable cause…

Details

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 and…

Details

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.…

Details

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 news…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details