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Two Presentations and a Pizza Party

on August 9th, 2014 in CRUISING : by | Comments

On the last day Roy Eaton, from the LCCN, gave a wonderful powerpoint presentation at the Anchor Inn Bar, an overview of Georgian Bay and the North Channel highlighting some of the history and many popular anchorages. Later, back at the pavilion, we gathered for a presentation by Mark Coles…

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Day Two – Activities and Good Food

on August 8th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

Day two started off with a catered breakfast prepared by Kelly, owner of the Anchor Inn. We could have gotten by without eating the rest of the day, the meal was so plentiful and well prepared. Breakfast was followed by a visit to the Cruisers’ Net at the Anchor Inn…

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Rendezvous In Full Swing

on August 7th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

It is often stated that the North Channel is some of the best inland cruising you’ll find anywhere and we could not agree more – it is, after all, our backyard boating playground. Lisa and I talked about the possibility of having a Ranger Tugs/Cutwater Rendezvous in the North Channel…

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Eagle Harbor Anchorage – Bainbridge Island, WA

on September 14th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

Bainbridge Island sits north and west of downtown Seattle – Eagle Harbor was our choice for one night on the hook. On a clear day, you can plainly see Seattle’s skyline eight miles to the east across Puget Sound. Eagle Harbor is home to the City of Bainbridge Island, which…

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Port Townsend Recommendation

on September 10th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

Over the years people have highly recommended a visit to Port Townsend, WA, but, for whatever reason, we have never made the stop. During our trip out west this year, we put Port Townsend on our planned route as we headed south from the San Juans toward Puget Sound. Port…

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Transiting Desolation Pass in a Pocket of Fog

on September 9th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

After spending a pleasant night on the hook at Hope Island, we woke to a blanket of fog so thick, we could hardly see more then 150 feet in any direction. We waited and waited until finally, close to our planned departure time, the fog began to lift a little….

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Catching a Mooring Ball at Hope Island

on September 8th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

Leaving the dock at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes, I saw our fuel gage flashing a bright red “low fuel” light, setting my mind into a bit of a panic. Idling to the fuel dock, I was hoping we’d make it before running completely out. how embarrassing would that have…

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Last Stop in the San Juans – Spencers Spit

on September 3rd, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

Spencer Spit, situated on the eastern side of Lopez Island in the San Juan Island chain, is a Washington State Marine Park, which means the area has mooring buoys, beach campsites, and hiking. We’ve never anchored or moored here, so we choose this spot as our days end destination, after…

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Grand Traverse Yacht Club Contingent Overtakes Garrison Bay – San Juan Islands, WA

on September 2nd, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

We left Roche Harbor to go whale watching in Haro Strait, the water was glassy smooth. It would be the last chance for a whale sighting this trip to the PNW – unfortunately it was not meant to be, but we had fun looking. Our next stop was Garrison Bay…

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Reunion in Friday Harbor with Willy’s Tug and Circle T

on August 27th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound, San Juan Islands by | Comments

Friday Harbor is a picturesque town and the largest small town in the San Juan Islands; you could say it’s the hub of commerce for the islands. This was our third time staying in the harbor. It has been said that the boating community is a small world, our slip just…

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Toodle-oo Canada

on August 26th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Gulf Islands, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

We left Vancouver Island in our wake as we bid Canada goodbye, with our bow now pointed toward Haro Straight, we began to feel the pull of our country drawing us back to familiar shores after the close of a long-planned boating adventure. It was late in the day when…

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Bear Sighting in Chemainus, Vancouver Island, Canada

on August 25th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Gulf Islands, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

Always on the lookout for something new to experience, we decided to visit Chemainus on our return trip south, through the Gulf Islands, on our way back to the U.S. The name, Chemainus, originates from the native shaman and prophet “Tsa-meeun-is,” which stands for Broken Chest. Legend goes that the man survived…

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At Anchor in Departure Bay for One Night

on August 24th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Gulf Islands by | Comments

We left Jedediah Island refreshed and confident in heading out again, we continued our crossing of the Strait of Georgia the day after being literally blown off the water. As you can see Lisa’s taking photos again and while this day looked much better it was still a little stormy…

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Pender Harbour… Calm Before the Storm

on August 22nd, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Sunshine Coast by | Comments

We timed our departure from Chatterbox Falls to catch the first slack tide at Malibu Rapids; once back into Jervis Inlet we enjoyed a leisurely cruise, retracing the 40-mile route as we headed for our end of day destination, Pender Harbour. A lot of the Canadian boaters we met during our…

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Dinghy Ride Away from Shore for Better Vantage Point of the Falls

on August 19th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Princess Louisa Inlet/Chatterbox Falls by | Comments

While out exploring by dinghy at high tide, we idled in as close to the falls as we dared, waterfall mist soaking us as we floated over the seabed we had earlier in the day been walking on. We were also able to get a better vantage point of the…

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Princess Louisa Inet – The Inner Sanctum

on August 18th, 2013 in CRUISING : by | Comments

Called Suivoolot, Sunny and Warm, by the Sechelt Nation Natives   Princess Louisa Marine Park was created in June 24, 1965, sitting on the other side of Jervis Inlet with Malibu Rapids acting as the dividing point, it is a 5-mile long spectacular fjord surrounded with 3,000 foot high, waterfall…

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Transiting Malibu Rapids to Gain Access to Princess Louisa Inlet and Chatterbox Falls

on August 18th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Princess Louisa Inlet/Chatterbox Falls by | Comments

In order to gain access to the inner sanctum of Princess Louisa Inlet and subsequently Chatterbox Falls, you first have to negotiate the entrance to the inlet, Malibu Rapids. (This is also where the Malibu Club sits promptly on top of the big boulders at the entrance to the inlet.)…

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Jervis Inlet to Malibu Rapids

on August 18th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Princess Louisa Inlet/Chatterbox Falls by | Comments

Jervis Inlet is a 45-mile long fjord that leads to Malibu Rapids – once you’ve transited the rapids Princess Louisa Inlet awaits to lure you to a destination point, all the way to the end of the Inlet, which many boaters consider to be the Holy Grail of cruising, Chatterbox…

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Positioning Ourselves at Hardy Island for the Run Up to Chatterbox Falls

on August 17th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Sunshine Coast by | Comments

We were somewhat protected by Texada Island as we cruised 21 miles southeast from Powell River to Hardy Island, located at the base of Jervis Inlet, for our eventual cruise up to Princess Louisa Inlet, Malibu Rapids and finally Chatterbox Falls. Entering Blind Bay we found calm waters ideal for…

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Wet and Bumpy Ride to Powell River

on August 17th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Sunshine Coast by | Comments

  We had strong, guess you could almost say instinctual, reservations about leaving Lund the next day, it was rainy and quite windy, so we waited a bit to see how the rain and wind conditions would develop. Our intent was to cruise to Hardy Island to anchor out for…

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Wrapping Up Our Desolation Sound Cruise in Beautiful Roscoe Bay

on August 13th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

We saved the last two days of our Desolation Sound cruise for Roscoe Bay. Once inside the narrow entrance to the inner cove (which guide books state is best navigated on a rising tide), we took our time to slowly cruise the anchorage (photo-below), we wanted to find the perfect…

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Fighting Rapids at Squirrel Cove – Desolation Sound, British Columbia

on August 12th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

We left Pendrell Sound this morning to motor over to Squirrel Cove. Several boaters recommended this spot as a very well protected anchorage and since our weather turned a little sour we decided the cove might just be the ticket for a good night’s sleep. The photo below not only…

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Negotiating Rapids At Hole In The Wall – Octopus Islands Marine Park, Desolation Sound

on August 9th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

After a restful time at Toba Wildernest we departed late morning for Octopus Islands Marine Park on Quadra Island in Desolation Sound. Our departure was timed according to the tide schedule to achieve safe passage to and from the Octopus Islands area. Boaters have to properly negotiate one to three…

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Something Special About Toba Wildernest

on August 8th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

We found Toba Inlet to be some of the most beautiful areas in Desolation Sound. When we were there the water was that greenish color, almost like we’d see in the Bahamas, it seemed to have phosphorescent glow about it. As we approached Toba Wildernest Resort, we enjoyed a parade of…

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Cruising Homfray Channel to Walsh Cove, British Columbia

on August 7th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

One of the beauties of cruising in Desolation Sound is that when you leave one place you have plenty of spots to consider for your next days docking or anchorage. We left Laura Cove after the three-day holiday weekend and headed northeast up Homfray Channel. We passed Homfray Lodge, a…

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Settled Into Laura Cove For Canada’s Civic Holiday – Another Hike To Unwin Lake

on August 5th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

Once our anchor was set and lines tied to the big rock, Lisa prepared lunch to take out on a dinghy exploration of the surrounding area. We ventured out of the cove into Homfrey Channel turned the outboard off and floated around while having lunch with a spectacular mountain view…

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“What Day Is It?”

on August 4th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound by | Comments

After our swim at Unwin Lake we followed the river and small rapids back to the dinghy. Just outside the woods in the open sunlight by the park entrance, where our dinghy was tied up, we came across a slew of blackberry bushes loaded with precious ripe berries. Risking bee stings…

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Tenedos Bay Anchorage

on August 3rd, 2013 in CANADA, Desolation Sound by | Comments

From Refuge Cove it was a short 7 to 8-mile hop over to Tenedos Bay. Once in the midst of Desolation Sound every port, cove or bay is no more than a days cruise from your starting point. This close proximity between points of interest allowed us to take our…

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Hiking to Unwin Lake For A Refreshing Swim

on August 3rd, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound by | Comments

Soon after we got the boat stern tied to shore we grabbed our bathing suits and towels and hopped into the dinghy for a short ride over  to Unwin Lake for a refreshing swim in the 75˚ water. There are no real beaches up at Unwin Lake, its all natural…

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Teakerne Arm – Wilderness With A Waterfall And Fresh Water Lake

on August 2nd, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

Leaving Grace Harbour, we  had a short cruise to Lewis Channel before we made a turn up into Teakerne Arm and another anchorage in the wilderness. In the open waters I kept seeing a distinctive peak off in the distance, it seemed to appear from behind and above the waterside…

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Gorge Harbour, British Columbia

on July 30th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

We could not have had a better weather day to cruise from Comox to Gorge, BC, the last stop for the Ranger Tugs group cruise, after a little down time and one last party at the marina, we’ll all go our separate ways to explore Desolation Sound. As we all…

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Local Knowledge

on July 30th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands by | Comments

When setting out to explore new cruising grounds it’s important to have a plan, ours is created first by doing as much research as we can from charts and guide books followed up by input from other cruisers we know, ones with a great deal of experience in the area…

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Fresh Shrimp Tonight in Comox, BC

on July 29th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands by | Comments

Leaving Nanaimo, we decided not to cruise with the pod on our way to Comox. It was an easy run with calm seas and sunny skies. Once settled in at the dock, there were more Ranger Tug owners to meet and hot showers to take. Happy hour consisted of another…

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Rafting Up in Naniamo, BC

on July 28th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands by | Comments

After two days of socializing with other Ranger Tug owners at Ganges, the time came to organize the three-day cruise to our mutual destination of Gorge, BC. After that point we will all be on our own to explore as we will, Desolation Sound and surrounding areas. But first we…

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Forty-Five Ranger Tugs Gather at Ganges, BC

on July 27th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands by | Comments

Ganges Harbor, on Saltspring Island, is a short 10-mile run from Montague Harbor and the gathering point for the boaters participating in the Ranger Tugs 2013 Desolation Sound Cruise. We left early for Ganges, with yet another blue skied day with just a light breeze and fairly calm waters. We…

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Swinging and Singing in Montague Bay, Canada

on July 25th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Gulf Islands by | Comments

When we left Sidney, we had one more day to explore before we met up with the Ranger Tug group (sixty some Ranger Tugs and Cutwater boats) to begin our cruise to Desolation Sound. So we left Sidney for Montague Harbor on Galliano Island part of the Gulf Islands. There is…

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A Top-Notch Marina in Sidney, Canada

on July 24th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

Sidney, not Ohio or Australia, a city on Vancouver Island was our next stop after Butchart Gardens. Working our way north out of Saanich Inlet and then east through Satellite Channel we ducked into John Passage, at less then slack tide, for a short cruise south to Sidney. We’d heard…

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Time To Stop and Smell The Roses

on July 23rd, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

After checking in with Canadian Customs at Bedwell Harbor, we continued our day’s cruise over to Vancouver Island, down into Saanich Inlet continuing south to Todd Inlet’s Butchart Cove. We wanted to pick up one of the free mooring balls for the night, we could then dinghy over to have a…

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The Anacortes Connection

on July 22nd, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

We’d been to Anacortes, Washington, the gateway to the San Juans Islands, several times in the past 15 years so it felt a little like a home away from home for us. After launching the boat and stowing the trailer and truck it was time to get organized for some…

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Family Time… In A Family Way

on July 16th, 2013 in Oregon by | Comments

After dropping our boat off at the Ranger Tug factory in Kent Washington for an auto pilot install we drove to Portland, Oregon to spend time with our son Ross, his girlfriend Sarah and our soon to be grandchild… due date early October. Lisa and I were able to spend…

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Simply Gorge•ous – Flaming Gorge Reservoir

on July 11th, 2013 in CRUISING :, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, INLAND LAKES: by | Comments

Shortly after we cruised Lake Powell, in 2011,we started to hear from other boaters, about a place called the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. They said, “If you liked Lake Powell, you should consider cruising the Flaming Gorge.” With a little research we found out that the the reservoir was formed upon…

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Arriving at Lucerne Valley Marine – Flaming Gorge Reservoir

on July 10th, 2013 in CRUISING :, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, TRAILERING by | Comments

After three full days of driving across country and camping at RV parks along the way, we arrived at Lucerne Valley Marina early afternoon on the fourth day We were more than ready to test out the waters of the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. As we drove from Green River, in…

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Cross-Country Trek – Kismet is Heading West

on July 9th, 2013 in CAMPING ON KISMET :, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, TRAILERING by | Comments

Our boating exploration hiatus is over. Two years ago we set our sights to head west this summer for four months, mainly to cruise Puget Sound up into British Columbia’s Desolation Sound  and maybe even the Broughtons, time permitting. On our way we’ll put the boat into the Flaming Gorge…

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A Little Piece of Paradise in Clifton, Tennessee

on October 13th, 2012 in CRUISING :, Tennessee River by | Comments

When we’re cruising day after day and anchoring out overnight, we get to a point where we’d like to take in the creature comforts a marina will afford. Most marinas offer the essentials of power, water, fuel, laundry and showers, but every once in a while we are “wowed” –…

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Cypress Creek Anchorage – Tennessee River

on October 8th, 2012 in CRUISING :, RIVERS, Tennessee River by | Comments

We left Duncan Bay knowing we’d travel south on the Tennessee River for only 4 hours, so it wasn’t going to be a long day. Twenty-nine miles later, at mile marker 62.6, we made a starboard turn into Cypress Creek, then another right into the first cove. What we found…

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Installing Our New Hurley Davit System

on October 8th, 2012 in CRUISING :, MODIFICATIONS & UPGRADES TO KISMET, RIVERS, Tennessee River by | Comments

We had been towing our dinghy for over a year when we finally decided to get serious about finding a davit system. Towing is easy and inexpensive, however towing can also become problematic in rough seas or at higher speeds, so we wanted to find a solution, a viable launch…

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Meeting Captain & Crew of the Thomas James

on July 19th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, North Channel by | Comments

While cruising through the Killarney Channel, on our way to Collins Inlet, we received a call on our VHF. After switching to channel 68, Bill, the guy hailing us, told us that, as he was standing on the balcony of his channel-side home, he noticed our red Ranger Tug slowly cruising…

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A Little Peek Into the Northwest Side of Georgian Bay

on July 18th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, North Channel by | Comments

Georgian Bay is on our cruising bucket list, a trip like this deserves a dedicated stretch of time to explore properly. With that said, we decided to get our toes just a little wet. After we left Covered Portage Cove, we passed through the channel in Killarney for a short,…

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Doubling Our Pleasure

on July 16th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, North Channel by | Comments

Doubling our pleasure comes to mind when we think of our visit to Covered Portage Cove in the North Channel. Not only was it our first time anchoring in this cove, we also had the pleasure of  rendezvousing with friends Charlie and Linda on Freedom’s Turn (above). We met them in 2008…

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The Perfect Anchorage

on July 15th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

From South Benjamin Island we made our way past Little Current, Strawberry and Heywood Islands as we skirted south of Frazier Bay to enter Lansdowne Channel on the way to Covered Portage Cove, just west of Killarney, the old provincial outpost that separates Ontario’s North Channel from Georgian Bay. We had…

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