Mark Bunzel’s Cruising Report #4

Important News: Bella Bella – The grocery, liquor store, cafe and post office in New Bella Bella had a massive fire on the morning of July 12th. New supplies were barged up with plans to have the band store open by Monday July 15th. Other Fire News – Fourth of July fireworks fires claimed a…

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App Review: Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Safe Boating

Curious about current marine weather conditions in Canada? Or required emergency equipment? Want to report tsunami debris? Need to find a VHF channel for calling another boat? All this information and more is now available quickly and easily on your iPhone. Best of all, it’s free! Safe Boating’s splash page. Royal Canadian Marine Search and…

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Profile: Ray Troll

Renowned artist Ray Troll lives and works in Ketchikan. His zany sense of humor permeates all his work – his art, music, and art gallery – but it has a serious side, too. Ray was born in Corning, New York, near the Pennsylvania border. Raised an Air Force brat, he grew up in 11 different…

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Report #3: Bunsby Islands, Kyuquot Sound, Esperanza Inlet, and Nootka Sound

Columbia Cove and the Bunsby Islands The first anchorage south of Brooks Peninsula is Columbia Cove. The mooring buoys that once occupied the cove have been removed, but anchorage is good. It’s a beautiful spot, ripe for exploration by dinghy or kayak. Densely forested hills rise abruptly from the water’s edge and dramatic rock formations…

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Restaurant of the Month: Fisherman’s Bar & Grill (Shearwater)

I have always had the most unique experiences at Fisherman’s Bar & Grill in Shearwater. To me, the charm is that the bar and restaurant have the look of the famous bar scene from one of the first Star Wars movies. An incredible mix of people is normally present at this north-south crossroads. Around the…

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Review: XTRATUF Dock Shoes

You won’t want to take them off! At last January’s Seattle Boat Show I noticed something new at the LFS booth: XTRATUF shoes. The word was “once you put them on, you will not want to take them off.” The XTRATUF name is legendary for their legacy brown gum boots that have been a favorite…

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App Review: WA State Parks Guide

Washington State Marine Parks are a superb resource for boaters. They typically have trails, campsites, and scenic anchorages. Many have docks and mooring buoys. We highlight all of them in the Waggoner Guide, but we don’t have detailed information on all of their shore side facilities. The Washington State Parks Department recently launched an app…

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USCG and RCMP Formalize Shiprider Arrangement

On June 17th, 2013 the United States Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Mounted Police signed an agreement to allow specially trained officers to work on both USCG and RCMP vessels. This shiprider agreement is intended to provide law enforcement additional means to interdict and apprehend suspected criminals. For recreational boaters, this agreement means that RCMP…

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Restaurant of the Month: Cedar Post Inn

Blind Channel Resort, on West Thurlow Island, is a first-class facility, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that their Cedar Post Inn restaurant is an excellent supper option. We visited on their opening night and had a delicious dinner. The menu is fairly short, which isn’t surprising given the logistical difficulty in getting fresh…

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Staying in Touch: Using a Canadian SIM Card

For American’s cruising in Canada, staying in touch via cell phone quickly becomes expensive. I’ve heard many horror stories of cruisers returning home to cell phone bills of thousands of dollars. Planning ahead and purchasing Canadian add-on plans through your cell phone provider can reduce roaming costs. But there’s another option: buying a Canadian SIM…

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App Review: Navimatics Charts & Tides for Mac

Few marine navigation software applications have been available for those of us using Apple computers. Sure, we can dual boot into Windows or run a virtual Windows machine to use Windows based navigation software, but this can be clunky and defeats the purpose of using a Mac in the first place. Enter Navimatics Charts &…

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Restaurant of the Month: Doe Bay Cafe

Have you been to the Doe Bay Resort and Retreat on Orcas Island? It’s located on the eastern shore, off Rosario Strait, about mid-way up the Orcas Island shoreline before Lawrence Pt. With just two mooring balls and room to anchor, it’s not a fancy marina, but really an open roadstead with a good mud…

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