• South Lake Washington to close forever to tall ships

    Hat tip to reader Kat Linton for bringing this story to our attention Once the new 520 highway bridge across Lake Washington is in place, no vessel taller than 70 feet will have access to any part of the lake south of there … unless ...

Port Proposes Significant Moorage Increases for 2015

Thanks to Bertram and the Jefferson County Moorage Tenants Union for making this information public on their website. Port Administration Moorage Rate increase Proposal for 2015 The following is the rate proposal presented to the Commissioners by the Administration (see chart). They want to raise our base rate from $40.00 a month to $58.25 per […]

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Sailing the Gulf Islands, Part 7

Day 11, Tuesday 9/9/14 My parents are trying to stick to the schedule of two nights on the hook and one at a marina. We had initially planned to head to Pirates Cove today, but Wakes Park is such a sweet spot, we decided to stay another day before heading south to Chemainus. After getting […]

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Simushir tied up in Prince Rupert

Drifting Russian vessel off Haida Gwaii towed to safety

The 400-foot Russian cargo vessel Simushir which had been without power and drifting dangerously close to the west coast of Haida Gwaii (as reported here on Saturday), raising the specter of a significant ecological catastrophe in the environmentally-sensitive archipelago, has been safely towed into the northern B.C. port of Prince Rupert, according to Canadian authorities. […]

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Time Passes

In 1980 when our kids were just toddlers, I took this picture of this intriguing tree from Washington Park in Anacortes.  It was the occasion of our second trip to the San Juan Islands, and our very first ever boat charter (a Newport 28). 1980 We had occasion to be at Washington Park again this […]

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Video: The Value of Nowhere

VIDEO FRIDAY This is not one of our videos but a video from the Cabrinha Quest – a charter/owner kiteboarding/surfer catamaran who does some really cool stuff schlepping around kiteboard pros and average kiters plus professional photographers and videographers. Pete Cabrinha wrote and narrated this video and it says so much of what I want […]

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Russian ship adrift off Canadian coast

If there is anything to give you a little perspective on sinking your 65′ powerboat in the Strait of Juan de Fuca right off the closest Coast Guard air station in the region, it’s considering the plight of 10 Russian sailors rolling their guts out in the north Pacific off Haida Gwaii with engines disabled […]

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Burning Question | Marina etiquette

It’s fall again and folks are settling into their slips again for the winter, filling marinas and reacquainting neighbors with one another, both cordially and otherwise. And nothing is more grating than a neighbor, new or old, who doesn’t respect your property or the common areas of the marina. This survey was inspired by a […]

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McConnell Island

McConnell Island, SJC, on left.Original photo from the archives of the S. P. H. S.© “This was the home of a family with the dubious distinction of being smugglers.      Commander Wilkes had named the charming segment of land Brown Island in honor of 14 members of his crew with that surname. When the […]

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