Letter from Port Hardy

Hi Bob, Just to let you know we are on our way to SE Alaska. We left Anacortes May 4th and had ideal conditions for a few days and then winter came back for a few. Now it’s nice again. So far, all is pretty normal except for our first attempt to round Cape Caution.…

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Notes on an Early-May Cruise

Hi Bob, Jay Niederhauser & Westerly here. Just returned from a three-week trip: Edmonds/Sucia Island/Vancouver/Indian Arm/Nanaimo/Chemainus/Princess Cove/Ganges/Glenthorne Passage/Sidney/Friday Harbor/Fisherman’s Bay/LaConner/Edmonds. Attached is a picture of weather conditions experienced in Indian Arm. The reason for this email: U.S. Customs at Friday Harbor did not ask for, and did not want the Canadian trip permit number. The…

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NOAA Weather Reports, Web Cams

I was reviewing the Waggoner’s advice on crossing Juan de Fuca and found it to be very helpful. I would like to add my own tip for those who have one of the newer cell phones that surfs the net. You can add the specific NOAA pages to your favorites and pull up the information…

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New Boat, New Boater, Vacation Ahead

Great website, I find it really helpful. I have very little boating experience, having just bought an 18.5 foot open bow runabout. In August we are taking a week’s vacation on Hornby Island in the Strait of Georgia. I plan to trailer the boat there and use it around the island, finding small beaches and…

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First San Juan Trip

My family and I are leaving Everett, WA on Friday July 18th in route to Lopez Island. We hope to make it through slack tide at Deception pass around 11:15am, and our final destination is Fisherman Bay on Lopez. I have been looking for online resources and reading some books about the trip, but I…

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Water in the Broughtons

Hi to all, Do you know if the “new” Pierre’s has water available for visiting boaters? We will be cruising the Broughtons in September without a water maker, so we’re trying to plan the trip. Thanks! Karen Minkus Response Hi, Karen, Pierre’s, as with the other marinas in the Broughtons, has a “boil water advisory”…

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From Puget Sound to the San Juan Islands

My wife and I recently purchased your 2008 cruising guide. It is an excellent source of information. I know you are a very busy person, but we just wanted to ask your advice on an upcoming trip we are planning in our 2007 Campion. I have gone from Anacortes to Friday Harbor before. We are…

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The Safest Way From South Pender Island to Tumbo Island

We recently purchased one of only three single-engine Tolly 43’s that were built. We’re taking it on our first long trip and want to drop by Tumbo Island at the south end of the Canadian Gulf Islands. We will be coming out of South Pender Island and would like your advice on the best approach.…

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Rounding Cape Scott

We are regular visitors to your web site and have every edition of Waggoner since 2003! What a great resource for PNW boaters. Thank you. We are planning to circumnavigate Vancouver Island counter clockwise with our Meridian 411 early next summer. I have a question I am hoping you can help with. Waggoner (and other…

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New Boater in Old Boat to Alaska?

We’ve recently purchased Bonaroo, a 1977 Bayliner Victoria 2750, 350 Volvo Penta Duoprop. Our cruising experience has been limited to one week in the San Juans on our 17′ Arima Sea Ranger. We’ve been toying with the idea of cruising to Ketchikan. My son Mark is in charge of the USCG search and rescue detachment…

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Which Tolly for Retirement Cruising?

Love the Waggoner guide, which is our onboard bible. I especially enjoy the sidebars, which are often so beautifully written. I am emailing to see if you have time to answer some newbie questions on Tollycraft vessels. We are looking at moving up from a 1991 3288 Bayliner to a larger twin diesel boat. Our…

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Moisture

I have a 41′ Fraser, currently living aboard. Am having water/humidity/mold problems. Would a dehumidifier be a solution? Stephen Davison Nanaimo Response Hi, Stephen, A dehumidifier certainly would help, but dehumidifiers deal with the effects of excessive moisture in the boat, not the causes. Broad brush, the real solution is to replace high-humidity inside air…

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