Broughton’s Sunshine – Mark’s Cruise Reports

I left Echo Bay in brilliant sunshine. Pierre was working on the new building and gave a big wave as I headed out the harbor. Today in addition to two marina resorts, it was time to check out several anchorages. Laura Bay and Laura Cove were first on the list. Both beautiful, though I will…


Gweduck to Alaska – Mark’s Cruise Reports

I just received word that the Gweduck has launched and I am headed to Skagit Airport to rendezvous. The weather looks wonderful today. We had some early morning fog in Renton which delayed takeoff. Conditions here are Biz Pt were clear at sunrise and then a bank of fog rolled in and then out. It…


Gweduck Trip Begins – Mark’s Cruise Reports

We were planning for a 6:00am departure today. There is an occluded front stationary over the area and according to expert forecaster Lee Chesneau, many layers of clouds and overcast. It is clearing now at mid-day and we will be taking off this afternoon. The Gweduck is a unique new airplane. Experimental, but it has…


Important Sewage Regulations in Canada

Thank you to Alex Sutton for sending this important news link:

I came across the link below that talks about new pumpout regulations in Canada starting May 5. I don’t think I saw anything on your site about it. This may have impact on a lot of people.

Vessel Sewage Regulations

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Port Harvey to Pierre’s – Mark’s Cruise Report

Tuesday’s departure from Port Harvey was in a misty, foggy rain. Up the Havannah Channel to the narrow Chatham Channel. This channel is so narrow there are range markers, basically signs with lines in the trees. Line up the top and bottom line so they are vertical and you are in the channel. While it…


Desolation to Port Harvey – Mark’s Cruise Report

We all have bad days. Captain George Vancouver was completely wrong about the area he named Desolation Sound. He wrote: “This area afforded not a single prospect that was pleasing to the eye, the smallest recreation on shore, no animal or vegetable food,… whence the place obtained the name DESOLATION SOUND where our time would…


Otter Bay to Comox — Mark’s Cruising Reports

Did you ever wonder why they call it Otter Bay? Searaven at Telegraph Harbour Yesterday started in Bedwell Harbour at the Poets Cove Resort & Marina dock. The wind was howling and it looked like it could be challenging day. Did you know a lot a lot of boats visit Poets Cove for Thanksgiving (US),…


Heading North – Mark’s Cruising Reports

After several weeks of sea trials and about 150 miles of cruising in the San Juan Islands for book and ad sales, updates and other side trips — it is now time to head north. Yes, there were a few minor sea trial issues but all has settled in and we are ready to go. I…


Port McNeil Crew & Docks – First Class

Fellow Cruisers, My husband and I are avid cruisers who are just beginning our fifth season in beautiful British Columbia. Since we cruise for at least five months we have established the Port McNeil Fuel Dock as a place to recoup before heading around Cape Caution. The new docks and electrical upgrades completed last year…


Bounce This Along

Thanks to John Wagner for forwarding this. There are some great tips! U.S. Postal service sent out a message to all letter carriers to put a sheet of Bounce in their uniform pockets to keep yellow-jackets away. Use them all the time when playing baseball and soccer. I use it when I am working outside.…


Marine Supplies (U.S.)

Puget Sound (Central) Fisheries Supply Marine Supplies Since 1928 Visit our store which features 17,000 square feet of merchandise. Display Store Hours 9:00am–6:00pm M–S 10:00am–5:00pm Sun. (206) 632-4462 1900 N. Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98013 J & G Marine Supply SOMETHING FOR EVERY BOATER—From the Smallest Runabout to the Largest Cruiser. Your one stop…


Books & Magazines (B.C.)

British Columbia Pacific Yachting Boating in British Columbia For 44 years, Pacific Northwest boaters have relied on Pacific Yachting. Power or sail, PY will help you get more from your time on the water. It’s your passport to hassle-free cruising, with the latest information on destinations, marinas, local attractions, fishing spots and more. From the…