Extended Cruising Preparation

It’s the time of year when boaters up and down the West Coast are looking forward to the cruising season and preparing to head out for one- or two–week trips, or for a summer of extended cruising, and they are establishing their to-do lists. If you’re one of those boaters, what should be on your list?…

Preparing for an extended cruise is not sexy but well worth the effort

Your Windlass Needs Care Too

Most windlasses will appreciate an occasional cleaning and lube. This doesn’t require major surgery but is basic field-stripping that anyone can do. Use the type of grease recommended in the owner’s manual (if you’ve misplaced it chances are you can download one from the manufacturer’s website), and be careful to keep friction clutches and brakes…


Does Meguiar’s Canvas Cleaner Really Work?

I love it when I find a product that actually works.  Last weekend I tried Meguiar’s M5826 Marine All Purpose Cleaner to spruce up the white zippers on my canvas. There was a small leak in the winter cover and the water ran along the zipper turning it a lovely shade of slime green. I sprayed on…

TrawlerFest Bremerton Marina

TrawlerFest in Bremerton, Washington from May 1 – 5

TrawlerFest Bremerton May 1 to May 5 In-water Boat Show, May 3 to May 5 Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At Bremerton Marina TrawlerFest is a celebration of the cruising lifestyle with a focus on trawler yachts. These vessels trace their origins and often their look to the fishing craft of the mid-20th…

summer passage

Planning Your Summer Passage

It is that time of the year. Time to start planning for this summer’s passage or passages. Planning a passage is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. You start with the knowns, the clues, and what you want to do and what is practical to do. You begin to document your information as you gather…


Gunkholing the Broughtons: Five Favorite Anchorages

The Broughtons are a beautiful cruising ground located at the north end of Johnstone Strait. Rich in history, with an abundance of protected anchorages within a maze of islands, islets, passages and tidal rapids which has much to offer the adventurous cruiser. Over the years of our exploring the Broughtons, we have established a list…

Relaxing view at Broughton Lagoon Nook

An Eco-Friendly Way to Prevent Corrosion on Your Boat

I was recently reading an article about an innovative company in the Pacific Northwest called Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd. They manufacture cadmium free aluminum alloy anodes. You may ask, “How does that relate to my boat?” Well, pretty much everything that is immersed in water (boat, watercraft, dock) require anodes to protect them from corrosion.…

Tacoma Yacht Club Daffodil Boat Parade.

Daffodil Marine Festival and Parade in Tacoma, April 13-15

  Daffodil Marine Festival and Parade   Spring is here! And, with spring comes daffodils and the Daffodil Marine Festival and Parade, which is hosted and put on by the Tacoma Yacht Club. This annual event started in 1952 and 66 years later it is still going strong. This very popular event fills up the basin…


Caring for Your Boat’s Transducer

  Transducer mounded on fairing block for best performance. Hidden below the waterline, the transducers are the eyes of our depth sounders and fish finders. They rarely cross our minds until the boat is hauled and we see them protruding from the hull or suspended from the transom. The fact that we can treat them…

A boat's transducer.