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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Mosquito Fleet Monday: S.S. State of Washington 1889-1919

“The term ‘Mosquito Fleet’ may, to readers not familiar with the Puget Sound Country, suggest only very small craft. It was however, a phrase universally employed by the people and publications of that section to differentiate the Sound steamers from ocean and coastwise fleet. Some of the inland ships were as large as the deep-sea […]

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How do you spell relief?

If you’re old enough to remember that little slogan, welcome, fellow middle-aged-TV-watcher-of-yore.  The updated spelling is a little bit longer than the slogan would imply. The new, 2016 year of Galapagos-boat-work way to spell ‘relief’  is ALOFT MARINE.  Boaters know that it is really hard to find anyone who is qualified, knowledgeable, and willing to […]

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A boat ablaze in Eagle Harbor. (Photo courtesy of the Bainbridge Island FG).

Boat catches fire, sinks in Eagle Harbor

Onlookers watched as a 24-foot boat caught fire in Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island Saturday morning just after 9 a.m. Fortunately, a passing boater was able to retrieve the vessel’s owner from the burning boat. According to the Bainbridge Island FD, both suffered minor injuries and are recovering from smoke inhalation. The boat’s owner was taken […]

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Summer Cruising: Octopus Islands (Video)

For the second video in my summer cruising series, we visit Octopus Islands Marine Provincial Park in British Columbia’s Discovery Islands.  Not necessarily an easy place to reach, requiring transit of at least one set of rapids coming or going, Octopus Islands offers a unique landscape and quiet, yet popular anchorages. Check out the video below […]

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Power made easy: Airship’s electrical upgrades

Before our 5-month trip up the Inside Passage to Alaska aboard Airship, we did some major upgrades to Airship’s electrical power system. Now, after five solid months on the boat – mostly away from marinas, here is a summary of how the system performed, what we learned, and what our “ideal” power system might look […]

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