Bunk Sox ― Stays on Your Boat Mattress

I love it when a product like Bunk Sox comes along that makes me say “why didn’t I think of that?” My boat has a v-berth, and I have never found a way to keep the sheets straight. Traditional fitted sheets don’t work and flat sheets tucked in become loose and wrinkled, and they usually…

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Extended Provisioning for Cruising North of the Border

When cruising north of the border, we enjoy anchoring Easy Goin’ in one of the many secluded coves, miles from the nearest dock. To do that, Arlene and I have learned the art of extended provisioning so we can enjoy well planned and nourishing meals while exploring the Inside Passage. Keys to Extended Provisioning  Organization…

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Extended Provisioning
Union Tavern

Union Tavern Local 902 – Anacortes’s Newest Bar

This winter, a new bar opened up in Anacortes ― Union Tavern Local 902. In their historic downtown location, they have 18 beers on tap, a tasty menu and an inviting classic atmosphere which includes a bar, plenty of tables (some are perfect for large groups), window seating, a couch area, TVs for sports fans…

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Boating with Dad — The Gift of Time

Several years ago, my dad forwarded an email of a story about two friends. They had known each other for years, but never found enough time to get together, re-bond and enjoy one another’s company. One friend decided to change that and called his friend to say he’d be visiting and giving him the gift…

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The Gift of Time

Alaska Flotilla Day 15 – Windy Bay to Coghlan Anchorage

Yesterday’s mostly sunny weather gave way to low clouds and rain today. No less beautiful, just different.We had a long day: 60 nm, mostly in Princess Royal Channel. Waterfalls lined the channel, and with the misty weather, their source was often obscured. ~  Unfortunately, there’s no good anchorage for a group of boats in Princess…

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Alaska Flotilla Day 14 – Rescue Bay to Windy Bay

After the drama of the last few days, today was a refreshing change: near perfect weather, magnificent scenery, and the first whale sightings of the trip. Today’s route took us through Fiordland Recreation Area. As you’d expect from the name, it’s an area dominated by fjords. Waterfalls plunge off mountain peaks, sheer rock walls rise dramatically…

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Windy Bay

Alaska Flotilla Day 13 – Wigham Cove to Rescue Bay

Today was a short day—28 miles out Seaforth Channel, up Reid Passage, and into Rescue Bay. But it was exciting! Soon after we exited Wigham Cove, one of the boats behind us radioed to say they hit something. They couldn’t articulate where specifically they’d hit this thing, or what it was. A log? A rock?…

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Alaska Flotilla Day 12 – Ocean Falls to Wigham Cove

The group dropped three crab traps yesterday afternoon. First thing this morning, we picked them up…the traps were stuffed! I think the final count was 26 keepers. Kevin spent much of the morning instructing people how to kill, cook, and clean crab. We left about 10 a.m. for the four-hour trip to Wigham Cove. The…

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Wingham Cove

Featured Blog: Cruising Southeast Alaska – Alaska

Two weeks to the day and a few days quicker than planned to keep ahead of a weather front, we are sitting in Ketchikan, where our almost constant sunshine has degenerated into clouds, rain, and much cooler temperatures. No complaints, though. It’s looking like more sun after this front passes. And our crossing of Dixon…

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Alaska Flotilla Day 11 – Shearwater to Ocean Falls

Ocean Falls is a highlight of the trip through B.C. Once the home of a Crown Zellerbach pulp mill and 3900 residents, it’s now a ghost town. Crown Zellerbach abandoned the site in 1972. The B.C. government continued operating the site until 1980. Since then, it has been decaying. Today, fewer than 40 people live…

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Alaska Flotilla Day 10 – Shearwater

Today was a rest day at Shearwater Resort & Marina. Actually, “rest” isn’t really the right word. We didn’t go anywhere, but we did a lot of work! Two boats had problems that needed to be addressed. One had a non-functioning macerator pump and a full holding tank. There’s no working pumpout for several hundred miles,…

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Featured Blog: Cruising Southeast Alaska ‒ Fury Cove

If a boat’s wake were less permanent, more like tracks in sand, then I believe Seaducktress would have worn a deep groove in the Salish Sea and beyond, from our many passages up through the Canadian Gulf Islands, the upper reaches of the Straits of Georgia, into the Discovery Islands, the Broughton archipelago, the small…

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Fury Cove