Port Harvey to Pierre’s – Mark’s Cruise Report

Tuesday’s departure from Port Harvey was in a misty, foggy rain. Up the Havannah Channel to the narrow Chatham Channel. This channel is so narrow there are range markers, basically signs with lines in the trees. Line up the top and bottom line so they are vertical and you are in the channel. While it…

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Desolation to Port Harvey – Mark’s Cruise Report

We all have bad days. Captain George Vancouver was completely wrong about the area he named Desolation Sound. He wrote: “This area afforded not a single prospect that was pleasing to the eye, the smallest recreation on shore, no animal or vegetable food,… whence the place obtained the name DESOLATION SOUND where our time would…

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Cruising in BC at 80 kmh — Mark’s Cruise Report

Sometimes staying in the harbor (or harbour) is better than braving Neptune and the gods of the Salish Sea. Last Wednesday I elected not to continue on to Campbell River and I was right. The waves kicked up and it would have been an awful ride. Probably dangerous too. I rented a car for $35…

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Otter Bay to Comox — Mark’s Cruising Reports

Did you ever wonder why they call it Otter Bay? Searaven at Telegraph Harbour Yesterday started in Bedwell Harbour at the Poets Cove Resort & Marina dock. The wind was howling and it looked like it could be challenging day. Did you know a lot a lot of boats visit Poets Cove for Thanksgiving (US),…

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Heading North – Mark’s Cruising Reports

After several weeks of sea trials and about 150 miles of cruising in the San Juan Islands for book and ad sales, updates and other side trips — it is now time to head north. Yes, there were a few minor sea trial issues but all has settled in and we are ready to go. I…

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Port McNeil Crew & Docks – First Class

Fellow Cruisers, My husband and I are avid cruisers who are just beginning our fifth season in beautiful British Columbia. Since we cruise for at least five months we have established the Port McNeil Fuel Dock as a place to recoup before heading around Cape Caution. The new docks and electrical upgrades completed last year…

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Washington Needs Boating Leaders

The State Parks boating program is the leader in boating safety and wants to encourage other boating leaders to get their card and demonstrate safe boating practices. With boating season here, recreational boaters need to lead by example and demonstrate the right way to boat safely while enjoying some of the finest boating in the…

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Bounce This Along

Thanks to John Wagner for forwarding this. There are some great tips! U.S. Postal service sent out a message to all letter carriers to put a sheet of Bounce in their uniform pockets to keep yellow-jackets away. Use them all the time when playing baseball and soccer. I use it when I am working outside.…

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Two for One Moorage at Otter Bay, May 25–27

Stephan & Gisela are cooking dinner on Fri, May 25 & Sat, May 26. We are offering 2 nights moorage for the price of one. Hope you can join us. Call 250 629-3579 or email for reservations. Safe Cruising, Jess & Charlene Mansley Marina Managers Otter Bay Marina Pender Island, BC V0N 2M1 Phone: (250)…

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Otter Bay is Open for the Season

We are open for the 2012 season and this weekend looks to be warm & sunny. Stephan & Gisela are back cooking up their magic! Hope you can join us, call to make reservations for dinner & moorage. Safe Cruising, Charlene Mansley Marina Manager Otter Bay Marina 2311 MacKinnon Road Pender Island, BC V0N 2M1…

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We Get Smart Plug Shore Power

On page 173 of his book, Yacht Designs II, the legendary naval architect William Garden dropped in a sentence that has guided my boat owning experience for many years now. Bill was describing the rehabilitation of Merlin, the 1904 launch he used for commuting to Sidney from his island home off Canoe Cove. He described…

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