Pinkerton Islands in British Columbia.

Barkley Sound: A Variety of Destinations

From Toquart Bay, we continued motoring around Barkley Sound, searching out options for pleasure boaters with a variety of choices in mind. We circled Mayne Bay into Entrance Inlet to investigate the cute fishing lodge in Cigarette Cove, a nice option for small fishing boats, and found anchorage in the cove suitable for larger boats…

Details

Lucky Creek – A Jungle Excursion

On May 15, we departed Clayoquot Sound, carefully following the channel markers out to sea. After reaching a reasonable distance from shore, we turned south for Barkley Sound. Seas were 6-7 feet at 14 seconds, giving us a gentle ride all the way to Barkley Sound. We spent a couple of nights in Ucluelet catching…

Details
Dog on a boat in British Columbia.
Numerous Protected Anchorages can be found in Clayoquot Sound.

Undiscovered Clayoquat Sound

We spent the last two days in Clayoquat Sound investigating the many anchorages available to pleasure boaters. The water depths are perfect for anchoring, unlike those found in Northern B.C. where depths are often too deep.  Best of all, the anchorages are never crowded or full. Cruising Around Clayoquat Sound During our week of cruising in Clayoquat…

Details

This is Why Vinyl Flooring is Amazing for Boats

  The carpet on my boat was beyond repair. It was old, tired and would not perk up no matter how many times I steam-cleaned it. It was done. I am really not crazy about carpet on a boat, but there weren’t that many options years ago when I decided to replace the carpet with…

Details
Floating garden home in Quait Bay in British Columbia.

A Floating Garden Home

Today we explored Quait Bay by dinghy and the surrounding area. Entering the smaller coves to the east, we found the floating garden home of Wayne Adams and Catherine King, who always welcome visitors. A Floating Garden Home They have gained wide notoriety through interviews and articles written about them over the years regarding their…

Details

Bays and Waterways of Clayoquot Sound

After a leisurely start in the morning, we continued north, following the twists and turns of Sulphur Passage. Bob Hale, the founder of the Waggoner Cruising Guide, writes about landmarks he used when navigating through this rock-strewn passage. With today’s electronic charts and GPS positioning, transiting through is no longer a difficult task. We proceeded…

Details
Well-protected anchorage in beautiful Bacchante Bay
Ahousat General Store in Matilda Inlet on Flores Island.

Hot Springs Cove in Clayoquot Sound

We departed Tofino on May 9 and made our way out the well-marked Deadman Channel into Heynen Channel and Calmus Passage; first stop, Ahousat on Flores Island. Stopping at Ahousat We confirmed that the Ahousat General Store is still in operation and well-stocked. The dock has ample space for guest moorage but is rather high,…

Details

Tofino’s Playground, Cruising with the Landons

Tofino in Clayoquot Sound is considered by many to be the highlight of West Vancouver Island. This delightful town is full of great restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, recreational opportunities, and a playground for both the young and older generations. Tofino’s Playground The young come to Tofino to surf the beautiful beaches in the area. There…

Details
Kw’at’am-us Totem Pole on the shore of Sechelt Inlet.

Backeddy Resort & Marina – Prelude to Princess Louisa Inlet

Backeddy Resort & Marina, located in the small community of Egmont on British Columbia’s north Sechelt Peninsula, is known for being a small, quiet and relaxing marina. But, there were a couple of other reasons for our two-night visit last summer. First, it made for a perfect location to time our departure and arrival at Malibu Rapids before…

Details

Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show, May 17-20, 2018

  How many boats will be at the Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show on May 17-20? Almost 300 boats! That makes it the largest boat show in Anacortes, Washington! “The Anacortes waterfront and community are a perfect venue to showcase recreational boating and fishing outside of the hustle and bustle of Seattle. Anacortes is one of…

Details
Cap Sante Marina

May Ushers in Opening Day of Boating!

Opening Day of Boating will soon be here! I don’t know about you, but those beautiful days of sunshine we had last week have got us really excited about getting out on the water. At our home port in Anacortes, Washington, the Opening Day of Boating Celebration takes place on May 5,  2018, at Cap…

Details

Safe and Comfortable Passage – Avoiding Wind Against Current

For many captains and crew, during our seminars, they tell us one of their biggest fears is bad weather. For them, bad weather can be a rough passage even with the sun shining. Wind blowing for hours can build steep and choppy seas, especially when the wind travels a considerable distance, pushing water as it…

Details