Sucia Island: New Dock in Fossil Bay

Sucia Island: New Dock in Fossil Bay Waggoner Correspondents Bruce and Margaret Evertz were at Sucia and found a new float and ramp in Fossil Bay. The western of the two was replaced last winter and it's all new with steel pilings and a big separate dinghy dock. The best news is that “the ramp” is wheelchair accessible. It's in two segments so the...
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15-foot Long Shark Dies on Pender Harbour Beach

15-foot Long Shark Dies on Pender Harbour Beach A female sixgill shark weighing 1600-2000 pounds and measuring 14'-10" from head to tail was stranded on the beach in Garden Bay in Pender Harbour June 20. Efforts to keep the shark alive until high tide failed. The shark was discovered next to the Seattle Yacht Club outstation in Garden Bay. Vladimir Horick...
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Lats & Atts Two Part NW Cruisers Party

Lats & Atts Two Part NW Cruisers Party Part 1: Sucia Island, August 9-10, 2011 This is the 10th anniversary of the Lats & Atts NW Cruisers Gathering. It all started on Sucia Island, so we are going to have a little gathering there prior to the main event, which will be held on the weekend. There's only one way to get to Sucia, and that's to sail there. Joi...
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Build-up obstructing west entrance to Swinomish Channel off Skagit Bay

Build-up obstructing west entrance to Swinomish Channel off Skagit Bay R. Carlstrom has written to ask if anyone has information on the build-up of sand, silt, or whatever, at the west entrance to Swinomish Channel off Skagit Bay. He wrote that the build up is substantial enough that on their boat the Cimarron (3-1/2 ft draft), they will not try to enter the channel when the tide is at ze...
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Confusion About VHF Radio Licenses for U.S. Boats Cruising in Canada

Confusion About VHF Radio Licenses for U.S. Boats Cruising in Canada There's been confusion about VHF radio license requirements for U.S. pleasure craft cruising in Canada. Here's the straight scoop on the situation: For some time, the U.S. has not required pleasure craft under 20 meters (65 feet) to have station licenses or individual operator permits for travel in U.S. waters. For ...
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Complete Chart Update Information

Complete Chart Update Information A Notice to Mariners item about complete NOAA chart update information caught my eye, so I went to the web site to see for myself. Sure enough, every update (permanent updates, not temporary updates) for every U.S. chart is listed. You have to go through several screens to get the information, but it's all there. Th...
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Great Link for Weather Buoy Data

Great Link for Weather Buoy Data Waggoner reader George Johnson directed us to www.ndbc.noaa.gov to get complete, near-real-time observations from weather buoys and land stations in B.C. and U.S. waters. The web site is easy to navigate and its information is extremely useful. With a few clicks you can get complete data on wind speed, wave height, air...
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Weather Information by Cell Phone

Weather Information by Cell Phone I was reviewing the advice on crossing the Strait of 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 you need without going through the endle...
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VHF license Renewal Notice—WARNING!!

VHF license Renewal Notice—WARNING!! We received one of these solicitations when it was time to renew our boat’s license. It looks official, but it’s not. We threw it away. We found the FCC web site renewal process confusing, but a few moments on the phone with one of its helpful customer service people cleared everything up. Our advice: renew by phon...
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Heavy Surf Near Tofino

Heavy Surf Near Tofino These amazing photos have been all over the internet lately, but if you haven’t seen them, you’ll be impressed. Waggoner correspondent Ken Klett forwarded them to us. ...
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