Every sailor in the Pacific Northwest thinks about the Inside Passage. It isn’t circumnavigation, it isn’t even blue-water sailing, and you’re never really out of sight of land. Oh… and there is not really even that much sailing to be done! The local joke is that there are two kinds of boats on the IP… […]
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As the days get shorter, the odds that you will be returning to your slip or entering the marina at night are increasing. Entering many marinas after dark can be a real stressful experience, here are three lights that I have added to my after ...
Our next stop was Port Alberni Yacht Club. Jason had read that the people were friendly and we could all use a shower so it seemed like a good choice. We tied up at the dock and hopped off Marinero to check things out. Happy hour was already in full swing so we grabbed chips, […]
With October upon us, it’s time to start the Halloween celebrations! On October 24th, we’ll host our annual Haunted Booathouse and Harvest Festival at Cama Beach State Park from 11am-4pm. Activities at the CWB boathouse will include Halloween movies, pumpkin bowling, Ghost ship toy boat building, and a rain gutter regatta to put your toy boat through […]
It’s difficult to imagine how many anchorages we’ve stayed in over the course of the last 15 years: Hundreds, definitely. Thousands, probably not. Some of them – like the deserted islands of Tonga, Waewaetorea in New Zealand or Chief Matthews Bay in British Columbia’s most beautiful fjord – stand out. While others are distant memories, nothing more […]
We take them. We don’t take them. Maybe they collect them there? Nope, they have to go here. Safe and convenient flare disposal is a fickle policy that challenges boaters through the Northwest. Disposal options flit in and out of the picture as collection programs come and go. Often the containers required to store flares […]
The Summer just passed witnessed my most ambitious cruising experience: Seattle to the northern reaches of the Inside Passage (and back!). I had hoped to blog my trip, day by day, but that didn’t work, for a variety of reasons, though I was able to post pictures on Facebook. The trip was an epic journey, […]
We had a perfect ‘light air sail’, which means we sat bobbing around Commencement Bay for a couple of hours enjoying the warmest fall day we can remember, then headed back to the dock. We were hoping to hail our new friends Donn and Kerry Christianson on their Baba 35 S/V Brigadoon, and take them up […]
As the first fall storms whip through area marinas and boatyards, it will be is easy to identify the prepared from the ill prepared. For some, halyards will be restrained properly, dock lines and fenders will be set with care, and down below, the batteries will be topped up while a dehumidifier keeps away mold […]
There was much fanfare when Point Wilson Lighthouse was established at the west side entrance to Admiralty Inlet and Puget Sound in 1879. Its strategic location was near the bustling seaport town of Port Townsend, which was in those years targeted for the major shipping center for that corner of the world. Sailing vessels and […]
OK… I freely admit I stole the line for the title of this post from “Star Trek, The Voyage Home.” But I thought it was appropriate for the content of this post. It was my Sister’s first day of her six day visit aboard Dulcinea, and she was excited, because we were heading across the […]