Cruisers College

Marine Electrical Troubleshooting, Design & Installation

Cruisers College May Seminars 2017 Marine Electrical Troubleshooting, Design & Installation with Lars Antonsen Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $95 Register here. Cruisers College will take you through the ins and outs of a boat’s electrical systems. There is plenty of information every boat owner should know about these critical systems, whether…

Jones Island Marine State Park – Fascinating Island with an Ecological Diversity

With the immense wealth of memorable and enjoyable cruising destinations within The San Juan Islands, it can be difficult to narrow down to which island to visit. But our decision was made easy when Arlene, suggested someplace peaceful and scenic, with hiking and plenty of wildlife. It still didn’t narrow our choices too much, and…

San Juan Islands sunset

San Juan Island All to Ourselves – James Island Marine State Park

When reviewing the chart, James Island Marine State Park located southeast of Thatcher Pass in the San Juan Islands looks like a jigsaw puzzle piece pulled right off nearby Decatur Head. The hourglass-shaped, rustic and delightfully unimproved island has all the makings of a gorgeous marine park. During the summer the park is popular with…

Stuff Box Basics

Stuffing Box Basics – Seal the Deal Between the Bilge and Sea

Since the year 2000, most new boats have come equipped with shaft seals that require no packing, but inboard powered boats built before then have traditional stuffing boxes with packing. All stuffing boxes work on the same basic principle: Rings of special wax-impregnated flax packing are wrapped snugly around the prop shaft and stuffed into…

The Oyster & Thistle Restaurant & Pub in La Conner, WA – Regional, Scratch and Classic Fare

While touring La Conner Country Inn, I had the pleasure of meeting the owners of The Oyster & Thistle Restaurant & Pub – Thomas and Danielle Palmer. As we talked, I discovered the pair had been a dynamic restaurateur duo in the Skagit Valley for over twenty years. Some of the names of their previous restaurants…

Nell Thorn Waterfront Bistro & Bar in La Conner, WA – Locally Sourced and Always Delicious

It’s been a couple of years since we’ve written about Nell Thorn Waterfront Bistro & Bar. So, on my recent trip to La Conner, WA, I went there for dinner. Usually, I sit in the bar area because it is first-come-first-serve and has Happy Hour, which is on weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. This time, I sat…