Mark Bunzel’s Cruising Report #2

We are on our way to Ketchikan, Alaska for the annual Waggoner survey trip! We are doing things a little differently this time. We’ll be running up to Ketchikan quickly, then heading south slowly. I have crew for this leg of the trip. My son, Garrett, flew up from San Jose and will be onboard…

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NEWS FLASH: Squirrel Cove Development Public Meeting-July 6

The boating community has an opportunity to express their opinion about a new plan for a major marina development that would alter navigation and access to Squirrel Cove. Comments will be taken during a meeting on July 6th on Cortes Island The boating public, both Canadians and Americans, are encouraged to attend this meeting to…

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Shearwater Updates, Potable Water

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 all kinds, some going north and some headed…

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French Creek Chartlet Update

After visiting French Creek recently, we realized the chartlet published in the 2013 Waggoner Guide is innacurate. Click here to see the updated chartlet.



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UPDATE: Homfray Lodge Update

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 out of foreclosure in 2011.…

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Staying in Touch: Using a Canadian SIM Card

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 there’s another option: buying a Canadian SIM…

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App Review: Navimatics Charts & Tides for Mac

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 Charts &…

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Sam Landsman’s Cruising Report #1

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 Sound, people…

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Waggoner Cruising Calendar

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 cruising are, so you…

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Restaurant of the Month: Doe Bay Cafe

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…

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Preparing to Leave the Dock

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. Note: Some destination information at the end of this article. My original plan was to…

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App Review: Salish Sea Wx

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 ride. Thankfully, weather…

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