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

Cult of Pirates Cove

One of the nicest anchorages for families is well-sheltered Pirates Cove on DeCourcy Island at the north end of Trincomali Channel. The cove boasts shore rings for stern tying, two dinghy docks, campsites, picnic areas and trails that amble about the lovely 31-hectare (77-acre) marine provincial park. Moorage is free. It would be tight, but […]

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

Those Roscoe Bay jitters

The first time we approached Roscoe Bay, cut into the southeastern corner of West Redonda Island, we sat off the entrance studying our various electronic and paper sources, calculating if the rising tide had “risen” enough to let us pass though. After opting to “give it five more minutes” about five times to accommodate our […]

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Sky glows red as night falls over a popular Gulf Islands anchorage.

Why cruise the Salish Sea?

The Salish Sea and nearby waters offer some of the most beautiful cruising grounds on Earth. We are lucky to be able call it home. There are many reasons that people take to the sea coast for days and weeks on end. Some adore the privacy of lonesome anchorages, others the camaraderie of marina berths, […]

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Cruising to Anacortes to explore and taste

From its early days, the boating industry in Anacortes has been a large part of the city’s heartbeat. For visiting boaters, it has two well-run and well-staffed marinas — Cap Sante and Skyline — a wealth of marine services and is just a short hop from the San Juan Islands. But what even seasoned Anacortes visitors might […]

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Images from a beautiful and snowy Blake Island

After a delicious breakfast at Etta’s in Seattle yesterday morning, we headed across Elliott Bay to Blake Island State Marine Park. Sam and Kevin and I met up with several other brave winter boaters, and after a super fun potluck dinner last night, we woke up to a gorgeous snowy landscape. It was early, and […]

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Chartlet from Salish Sea Pilot’s Cruising Guide to Puget Sound. Not to be used for navigation.

Destinations: Eagle Harbor’s easy life

Here’s our latest installment from Three Sheets guest columnist Jim Burgoyne of…  Eagle Harbor, etched into the eastern shore of Bainbridge Island and surrounded by the laidback resort community of Winslow, has got to be one of the “easiest” harbors in Puget Sound. Easy to find anchorage with good holding or a secure berth; easy to provision […]

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