North Pugest Sound 2017 Updates

North Puget Sound Swinomish Channel Closures July through November 2017 Alert to boaters planning to travel through the Swinomish Channel in the 2017 summer/fall season.  Due to work on the Railroad Bridge at the north end of the channel, the bridge will rotate to close and the Swinomish Channel will be closed to boat traffic during…

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North Vancouver Island 2017 Updates

North Vancouver Island Port McNeill Harbour (July 31, 2017) Payment for the showers at the Port McNeill Municipal Harbour has changed. When you register and pay for moorage, you can also pay $5 for a keycode for the showers instead of the old system of leaving a $20 deposit for a key card. One key…

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Landon’s Cruising Report – Passage to Heriot Bay and Taku

Landon’s Cruising Report – Passage to Heriot Bay and Taku Heriot Bay on Quadra Island was our next destination and we set the goal of transiting some challenging passageways. First came the Surge Narrows area where we took the un-named passage running between Maurelle Island to the north, and Sturt and Goepel Islands to the…

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Heriot Bay Marina
Octopus Islands Marine Park

Landon’s Cruising Report – Octopus Islands

Landon’s Cruising Report – Octopus Islands From Toba Wilderness Marina, we headed northwest and crossed Calm Channel to transit ‘Hole in The Wall,’ a small channel between Sonora Island and Maurelle Island. This rather scenic waterway, with current present even at slack, brought us to Okisollo Channel where we entered another narrow waterway, arriving at Octopus…

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Landon’s Cruising Report – A Wilderness Beauty

Landon’s Cruising Report – A Wilderness Beauty Departing Big Bay at 9:30 in the morning, we transited Yuculta Rapids at slack and entered Calm Channel.  Our destination, Toba Wilderness Marina, took us through Raza Passage and Pryce Channel.  Toba Wilderness Marina, located at the entrance to Toba Inlet, is an incredible wilderness destination with some of the…

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Big Bay in British Columbia

Landon’s Cruising Report – Elegant vs. Casual at Dent Island Lodge

  Landon’s Cruising Report – Elegant vs. Casual at Dent Island Lodge This morning we departed Denham Bay and transited Dent Rapids at slack. The weather was clear for picture taking so we made a couple of stops in Big Bay just south of Dent Rapids. Stops included the public Stuart Island Community Dock, and the…

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Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 7 – Pierre’s at Echo Bay

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 7 Pierre’s Echo Bay Lodge and Marina Departure was initially set for 7 a.m. from Port Harvey until George informed us that fresh, hot, cinnamon buns would not be available until 7:30 a.m. At the risk of stronger currents in Chatham Channel, we delayed our departure choosing the Cinnamon Buns over a safe passage.…

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Denham Bay in British Columbia

Landon’s Cruising Report – A Walk in the Park

Landon’s Cruising Report – A Walk in the Park After our stop and exploration of Yorke Island, we exited Johnstone Strait and entered Blind Channel and continued into Cordero Channel for a stop at Denham Bay to spend the night. We were happy to see that Denham Bay had completed the installation of their new…

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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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WWII gun emplacement on Yorke Island.
Navigating Beware Passage.

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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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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Skansie Brothers Park reopens with boater friendly features.