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Destinations: Signs of life at Dead Point

Here’s our latest installment from Three Sheets Northwest guest columnist Jim Burgoyne of SalishSeaPilot.com… That’s the thing about the Broughton Archipelago. To us, in the early 21st Century, it seems like a remote place. You cruise into a bay, and it appears untouched, a gleaming white midden the only hint that once upon a time there was human habitation. Then […]

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A view east down Forward Harbour from the anchorage at Douglas Bay. (Photo by Salish Sea Pilot)

Forward Harbour welcome

Here’s our latest installment from Three Sheets Northwest guest columnist Jim Burgoyne of SalishSeaPilot.com… The crew had grown tired of pounding into the lumpy result of wind against current in Johnstone Strait, so we opted to zig into Chancellor Channel and zag up Wellbore Channel where there was relief in the stillness. We took the flow up through Whirlpool Rapids, […]

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Even the smallest anchorages can feel expanssive when all vessels stern tie. (Photo by Wilf Ratzburg)

Stern-tie angst

There are times, chatting with other cruisers, when someone says, sometimes as a confession, sometimes defiantly, that they don’t stern tie. You take a deep breath, or you don’t, depending on your nautical politics, and you ask: “Why?” The answer usually falls somewhere in between two responses, which can be loosely interpreted as: “it’s too […]

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An idyllic view down East Sound on Orcas Island in the San Juans. (Photo by John Fitzwater)

Destinations: Southern trepidation

To implore our readers from British Columbia to venture south of the border, here’s our latest installment from Three Sheets Northwest guest columnist Jim Burgoyne of SalishSeaPilot.com… When chatting with Canadian boaters, we are often surprised how many have never cruised across the border to visit the San Juan Islands, even when those lovely islands might be quivering haze on their […]

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

Destinations: Eastsound feels bigger than it is

Here’s our latest installment from Three Sheets Northwest guest columnist Jim Burgoyne of SalishSeaPilot.com… Approaching the stillness of Fishing Bay and the cover of Madrona Point at the northern end of East Sound, a quiet tumble of stately homes along the shore suggests idyllic serenity. Surely there is nothing so vulgar as commerce in the nearby village of Eastsound. The […]

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

Tucked away in Octopus Islands

Octopus Islands and surrounding bays along the northeastern shore of Quadra Island off Okisollo Channel provide some of the safest and most serene anchorages in the Discovery Islands. Most cruisers who come here are drawn first to Octopus Islands, a marine provincial park where cruisers tuck into small coves, stern tied side by side like […]

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