Thanks for the memories

Leaving Bishop Bay* and sailing down Princess Royal Channel, the stretch of water that separates the island of the same name from the mainland, we struggled to find help from the current despite the fact that it was supposed to be in our favour. Our destination, Bottleneck Inlet off Finlayson Channel, laid 55 miles away […]

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7 Seas Brewing is also conveniently located across the street from West Marine.

5 Favorites: Cruise-in Breweries

This is the third in an ongoing series called “5 Favorites” in which we’ll explore a range of topics such as memorable anchorages, marina showers, fun things to do, ports, beautiful places, days of sailing, meals to make aboard and much more. The aim is not to make a list of “bests” or to rank things, but rather to provide […]

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Charging away from the dock

One of the biggest challenges with my old DC power system was apparent when away from the dock. Grace has a Yanmar engine with a factory alternator, which on a good day output 30 amps into the battery bank. Not only was this not enough for the new bank, but the regulator was not programmable and would damage […]

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Chartlet from Salish Sea Pilot’s Cruising Guide to the San Juan Islands. Not to be used for navigation.

Destinations: The invisible harbor

Here’s our latest installment from friend and guest columnist Jim Burgoyne of…  Once a vigorous commercial fishing center, Mackaye Harbor is today a sleepy community at the south end of Lopez Island with holiday homes and small farms. The wide harbor has lots of room for secure anchorage, with convenient depths and good holding in mud. In […]

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