BlueSea ELCI Breaker

Don’t Get Tripped-Up by New Shore Power – Updated

As we approached Petersburg, Alaska, with only a few miles remaining northbound on the Wrangell Narrows, we contacted the harbormaster’s office for the night’s moorage. After providing the harbormaster with our vessel’s length and shore power requirements, we were expecting a response with a slip assignment. Instead, the harbormaster asked “are you familiar with ….…


Two Weather Courses at the Wooden Boat Festival, Sept. 7

Understanding the weather can make the difference between a pleasant ride and a disaster for you, your family and friends. When boaters are polled about their fears about boating, weather often tops the list. There is a lot of information out there to help you make good weather go or no-go decisions. ~ Lee Chesneau,…

Fisgard Lighthouse at the entrance to Esquimalt Harbour.

Ruins from the 1800’s at Esquimalt Harbour

After departing Victoria Harbour, we circled around Duntz Head in 20-knot winds to make our way back north into nearby Esquimalt Harbour. The Royal Canadian Navy has a base here, and pleasure craft needs to contact ‘Queens Harbour Master Operations’ on VHF Channel 10 when entering and exiting the harbour between Fisgard Lighthouse and Duntze…

Potable water on the docks.

‘Water Water Everywhere . . .’ Does Potable Really Mean it is Safe? It Doesn’t Sound Safe.

“Is your water potable?” That’s often one of the first questions boaters ask marinas when cruising Northern BC Coast, the Broughton Archipelago and sometimes even in the Gulf Islands. Boaters often find a ‘boil water’ notice or ‘not-potable’ sign at water spigots and hose-bibs on the docks. But what does this mean to boaters and…

Wooden Boat Festival

Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, WA, Sept. 8-10, 2017

Tall ships, paddleboards, kayaks, tugboats, and everything in between—North America’s largest wooden boat festival celebrates its 41st year on September 8–10, 2017. Demonstrations, presentations, plays, music, dancing, and great food—this is a weekend of fun for all ages. (Photo credit (above): Northwest Maritime Center, Irving Mortensen) Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, WA, Sept. 8-10,…

More ruins on Village Island.

Historic Ruins on Village Island and Harbledown Island (BC)

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 the dock, we were…

Marine Electrical Troubleshooting

Day Long Maintenance Courses at the Wooden Boat Festival, Sept. 6 & 7

Nothing can ruin boating more than a diesel or electrical problem. You could be in a remote destination when something goes wrong and during the prime cruising season, when good maintenance help is hard to find. Having the basic troubleshooting skills can help you diagnose and solve problems, and get you back underway. Even if…


Changes Come to Cowichan Village

Changes Come to Cowichan Village Cowichan Bay, a long-time favorite with many boaters, has seen some recent changes. Fishermen’s Wharf, located behind the breakwater, is the main facility in Cowichan Bay that offers transient moorage. Dungeness Marina was recently sold and no longer offers transient moorage. Bluenose Marina is currently on the market but still offers 100 feet…