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At home among friends in British Columbia

After a quick jaunt through the dense, electric-green forest on Portland Island, we came to a grassy clearing that sloped quickly down to the sea. I laid my backpack on a rock, grabbed a water bottle, two beers and snacks from inside and passed them around, officially kicking off our family’s impromptu celebration in honor of being back in […]

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That good old San Juan Islands cure

Jill was at the helm when we coaxed Yahtzee off the dock in Anacortes against a stiff cross-breeze, and while closing the gate and stowing fenders I heard a voice yell, “Hey, Yahtzee! I hope you guys are feeling better!” The salutation — from a blog reader who noticed the boat — brought a smile to my […]

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Bouncing round the Central Sound

Porter held an assortment of wrenches in his hands while I tightened a nut on the engine. He watched me finish intently and when we moved on to the next one, Magnus came behind us with his toy drill to give it one last turn for good measure. It was project number three that day […]

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Take a tour of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding with OffCenterHarbor.com

The folks at OffCenterHarbor.com recently completed an excellent video tour of the beloved Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, Washington. We’ve had a thorough tour of their facilities as well, and consider the school to be a true gem in the Pacific Northwest. Click here or on the image below to take the video tour. And […]

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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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