Roche Harbor Marina Update – Ethanol Free Gasoline
The fuel dock at Roche Harbor now has ethanol-free gasoline. Kevin, the harbormaster reports that they have secured a reliable source for ethanol-free gasoline and are pleased to offer this to boaters in addition to diesel fuel. Still located below the flag pavili... Details
The Cascade Bay Grill & Store has been remodeled inside and out. There is new inside seating, a remodeled kitchen area, a patio deck and a small smokehouse built for new menu items. Initial reports are very good.... Details
The Turn Point Preservation Society has restored the first floor of the lightkeeper’s quarters and opened it for visitors. During the summer months, volunteers lead tours Tuesday-Sunday at 11:30 am, 1 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4 pm. Restoration work continues on the upper floors of the building, and the Preservation Society h... Details
Winter was busy at Roche Harbor. The old pool deck was removed and a new deck installed. The dispensers and equipment on the fuel dock were replaced. And the restrooms on the pier, next to the Lime Kiln Café, were fully renovated. The popular cafe, traditionally open for breakfast and lunch, will also be open for dinn... Details
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has teamed up with Wanderlust Camps to offer a new style of luxury camping at Moran State Park on Orcas Island. It’s called “glamping” – a style of camping that’s been gaining popularity in recent years. Overnighters visiting the beautiful park on Orcas Isl... Details
Many Washington State Park docks are removed in winter to prevent storm damage. Those docks have now been reinstalled and will be in place throughout the summer boating season. However, the dock at Doe Island, which was damaged in a storm several years ago, has not yet been replaced.... Details
The Blakely Island Store and Marina is one of our favorite stops in the San Juans. Its relaxed atmosphere and proximity to Anacortes make it a perfect stop when first arriving in the San Juans or before heading back to the mainland.
The Blakely Island Store & Marina is open for business.
This year, Ben and K... Details
The San Juan County Land Bank has installed three new mooring buoys in Watmough Bay, on Lopez Island. The buoys are free to use. Watmough Bay is one of the most picturesque anchorages in the San Juan Island, and the new buoys make visiting easier and more environmentally friendly.
Tim Clark sent us the following inf... Details
Roche Harbor, among the most popular marinas in the San Juan Islands, has worked throughout the winter to improve their facilities for visiting boaters by replacing many of the worn “Guest Docks” in the older section of the marina.
Visit www.rocheharbor.com for more information on Roche Harbor.
Roche Harbo... Details
Last summer we noticed that many mooring buoys were missing from state parks in the San Juan Islands. When we checked with Washington State Parks in the fall, they recognized the missing buoys and told us they were installing all new mooring buoys in the San Juan Islands during the winter.
It was a shock to many when the Downrigger restaurant caught fire last August 17th. In addition to the restaurant, several businesses on the lower floor were also affected by the severe fire damage to the building. This included a whale tour operator and Friday Harbor Marine. Plans are well underway for a new building ... Details
Local liveaboard cruisers Darren and Lisa O’Brien have created a new series of video cruising guides showcasing the Washington Marine State Parks in the San Juan Islands.
Washington State Parks Cruising Guide DVD Vol. 1 – San Juan Islands contains over 90 minutes of footage, detailing the approaches to each pa... Details
Your VHF marine radio is a critical piece of safety and communications equipment on your boat, and it only makes sense to know exactly how well your VHF system is working. Radio checks are illegal on channel 16 and often of little value on other channels, since you cannot tell how your transmission actually sounds in ... Details
A reader has reported that he grounded his Cal 39 sailboat, which draws 6 feet 8 inches, on a rock in Echo Bay.
The grounding occurred in the area marked 1 fathom 5 feet extending from the small islet northwest of South Finger Islet, as shown on large scale Chart 18431. He sounded the area carefully after the groun... Details
Local Notices to Mariners reports Dangerous Wreck at 48°32'10"N / 123°00'31"W.
Plotted on large scale Chart 18434, the wreck is right in the middle of the channel between Brown Island and Friday Harbor, approximately 100 yards or so south of the Washington State Ferry dock. The wreck is an old fish boat that had ... Details
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... Details
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... Details