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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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Looking to boost your boating knowledge? Anacortes’ Cruisers College might be the place

The summer cruising season is just around the corner, and if you’re in need of some new technical skills or simply want to become a better boater, you might not need to look any farther than Anacortes’ Cruisers College. Launched in 2016 with the goal of providing mariners with high quality, useful marine courses at a […]

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5 tips from a DIY re-rig

A sailboat’s rig — the mast and wires that hold it up — is a critical component that allows us to convert the wind’s power into movement. This amazing harnessing of physics allows us to sail, but it’s also very important that it doesn’t fail — because a dismasting at sea can be a life […]

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Rounding Cape Caution this year? Here are a few pointers…

Our friends at Slowboat.com continue their informative series about cruising the Inside Passage with this webinar on successfully rounding Cape Caution. Cruising in the Pacific Northwest is characterized by “gates,” or challenging bodies of water that must be traversed to get to the next cruising area. With their video series “Mastering the Inside Passage”, Slowboat is helping to […]

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Tips for transiting Johnstone Strait and its nearby rapids (Video)

Our friends at Slowboat.com continue their informative series about cruising the Inside Passage with this webinar on passing through the various rapids northwest of Desolation Sound and the Discovery Islands. Cruising in the Pacific Northwest is characterized by “gates,” or challenging bodies of water that must be traversed to get to the next cruising area. With their […]

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