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Rounding Cape Caution

Traveling the Inside Passage in British Columbia, Canada by boat? This presentation makes getting around Cape Caution (and dealing with open Pacific Ocean) easy and stress-free. In this episode of “Mastering the Inside Passage,” Sam Landsman and Laura Domela from Slowboat.com share the lessons of numerous trips along the Inside…

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The Rapids and Johnstone Strait

Traveling the Inside Passage in British Columbia, Canada by boat? This presentation makes getting through Johnstone Strait and the Rapids easy and stress-free. In this episode of the “Mastering the Inside Passage” series, Sam Landsman and Laura Domela from Slowboat.com share the lessons of numerous crossings – leading flotillas up…

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Safe Harbour | To Princess Louisa Inlet!

Princess Louisa Inlet is iconic. It’s a “holy grail,” and with good reason. It’s not too far from the major population centers (200nm from Seattle, for instance), yet it is among the most scenic spots on the coast. Cliffs rise from the water all the way to peaks thousands of…

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Clearing Canadian Customs into BC by Boat

Planning to travel to British Columbia, Canada by boat? This presentation makes clearing customs easy and stress-free. Sam Landsman and Laura Domela from Slowboat.com share the lessons of numerous crossings – leading flotillas up the Inside Passage from Anacortes, Washington through British Columbia to Southeast Alaska. Links: Canada Border Services…

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Nine Boats to Alaska: Failure Analysis

Last summer I took eight boats (nine including mine) from Anacortes to Southeast Alaska. Naturally, we experienced a few failures along the way. Below is an accounting of those failures, how we addressed them, and what lessons can be taken away. Failure: Inverter cabling This “professionally-installed” inverter cabling was woefully…

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Safe Harbour to Alaska | Day 8 | Pierre’s Echo Bay to Fury Cove

Rounding Cape Caution can be a challenge. Queen Charlotte Sound is one of the few places where the Inside Passage goes outside. Normally we go to Port McNeill before rounding Cape Caution. This gives everyone a chance to resupply (there’s a supermarket!), fill boats with fuel, and catch up on…

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Safe Harbour to Alaska | Day 7 | Port Harvey to Pierre’s Echo Bay

One week in, and we’re still having fun! Today we meandered through the Broughton Archipelago. From Port Harvey we headed up Chatham Channel, across Knight Inlet, and through Tribune Channel. The weather was PERFECT…hot even. Six of us jumped in the water at Echo Bay (okay, there is a hot…

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Safe Harbour to Alaska | Day 6 | Blind Channel to Port Harvey

Today was a perfect day on the water. Five hours of bliss—sunshine, drone flying (twice), a nap, totally calm water,  favorable current, no major boat problems… We left Blind Channel at 8:30. First we had to transit Greene Point Rapids. Even though we were about an hour before slack, it…

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