WWII gun emplacement on Yorke Island.

Landon’s Cruising Report – WWII Ruins on Yorke Island

  Landon’s Cruising Report – WWII Ruins on Yorke Island Departing Lagoon Cove we motored through ‘The Blow Hole’ between E. Cracroft and Minstrel Islands into Chatham and Havannah Channels reaching Johnstone Strait.  Not surprising, Johnstone Strait was choppy but improved as we proceeded eastward.  Seeing that the seas had become settled, we took the opportunity to…

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Landon’s Cruising Report – Broughton Treasures

Landon’s Cruising Report – Broughton Treasures Continuing our journey southward, we entered Beware Passage which is strewn with rocks and requires special attention to negotiate the appropriate course and ninety-degree turns.  There are two safe routes, the more direct but narrow route along Towboat Pass off Harbledown Island, or you can take the east route…

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Navigating Beware Passage.
Skansie Brothers Park reopens with boater friendly features.

Skansie Brothers Park Re-Opens in Gig Harbor

After nine months, the construction at Skansie Brothers Park in Gig Harbor, WA  is complete! The park, a favorite for locals and visitors, reopened with much fanfare at the beginning of June. New features of the Welcome Plaza include a bigger restroom facility with showers for visiting boaters, laundry facilities, and power and water at the city dock.…

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Landon’s Cruising Report – Historic Ruins

Landon’s Cruising Report – Historic Ruins This morning we made our way back west through Cramer Pass, then turned south along Retreat and Spring Passages, arriving at New Vancouver on the north side of Harbledown Island.  New Vancouver is a Native village in The Broughtons referred to as Tzatsisnukomi in the Kwak’wala language. After tying up at…

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Cruising through Crammer Pass.
Oxygenics shower head saves water on your boat.

The Best Shower Head for Your Boat

My boat has a regular shower head with a really sad “water saver” button. It is the third such shower head in about five years, and every time you slide the water saver button across, water shoots out the side and the back, so there is really no point in using it. And, when you…

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Landon’s Cruising Report – Surprise!

Lovely Promenade along Port McNeill Waterfront.

Landon’s Cruising Report – Surprise!

Departing Port McNeill and making our way eastward between Vancouver Island and Malcolm Island (Broughton Strait/Cormorant Channel) brought some pleasant surprises…read more of their adventures HERE.

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Lovely Promenade along Port McNeill Waterfront.
Queen Charlotte Strait to Broughtons.

Landon’s Cruising Report – The Broughtons

Landon’s Cruising Report – The Broughtons After our short visit at Mitchell Bay, we rounded the east end of Malcolm Island and headed north across Queen Charlotte Strait towards the Broughton Archipelago.  The Broughtons encompass a large area of islands and waterways on the mainland side of Queen Charlotte Strait, located north and east of the…

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The Tranquil Island of the San Juans – Gunkholing Shaw Island

Shaw Island is the geographic center of the San Juan Islands and is 7.7 square miles with a permanent population of about 150, which better than doubles in the summer. Shaw Island doesn’t have the busyness of Friday Harbor or the energy of Roche Harbor on San Juan Island, the elegance of Rosario on Orcas…

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View of the sunset from Parks Bay.
Boats at the marina at Malcom Island Lions Harbour Authority.

Landon’s Cruising Report – The Story of Sointula

Landon’s Cruising Report – The Story of Sointula Sointula was settled by Finnish immigrants, evident by the colorful homes, flower gardens, and unique wood fences and old barns in the area. Everyone seems to be on island time, no one’s in a hurry and people wave as they pass by; you might even see chickens crossing…

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Landon’s Cruising Report – Native Culture, the Modern Way

Landon’s Cruising Report – Native Culture, the Modern Way The winds were howling around Cape Caution during our stay at Duncanby in Rivers Inlet.  Gale force winds were so strong that they reached into Rivers Inlet where we clocked 50-knot winds; the wind blew water from the surface of the waves, sending spray sideways like rain…

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Landon’s Cruising Report – Gone Fishing

Landon’s Cruising Report – Gone Fishing After finishing our northern circuit, the time had arrived to turn south and continue our research in The Broughtons, Johnston Strait, and Desolation Sound. Rounding Cape Caution, however, would have to wait for a couple of days due to Gale Force conditions with winds between 35 and 45 knots,…

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Deck and fire pit at Duncanby Lodge and Marina.