Winter Cruising: Paradise Found and Espar Woes

Maybe it’s the unseasonably dry and sunny winter. Perhaps it’s the new-to-me boat. Whatever it is, winter cruising has been particularly enjoyable this season. For the first time ever, we spent Christmas on the boat. We’re not a particularly religious family, and in years past we’ve spent Christmas skiing at Crystal Mountain. Unfortunately for local…

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Book Review: Puget Sound – A Boater’s Guide

Anne and Laurence Yeadon-Jones have completed their seventh Dreamspeaker Guide covering the Puget Sound area. Their books describe the many cruising destinations from Olympia to Port Townsend and across to Everett. They cover the marinas, urban destinations, peaceful state parks, protected anchorages and the many charming waterfront communities that make up this unique cruising area.…

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Cruise Report: Wind, Waves, and Ice at Sucia Island

Winter boating in the northwest can be magnificent. State parks, anchorages, and marinas that fill to capacity in summer are seldom visited in winter. Waterways are free from recreational boat traffic. Occasionally, icicles bring new drama to familiar scenes. Winter cruising also stresses a boat far more than summer cruising. Short daylight hours, cold temperatures,…

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