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Safe Harbour | Winter Boating in the San Juans

Three weeks have elapsed since I wrote from Sucia Island. Since then, I’ve been wandering around the San Juans, trying to stay warm and avoid the worst of the windy weather we’ve been experiencing. Destinations have included Jones Island, Fisherman Bay, Blind Bay, Friday Harbor, Sylvan Cove, Brigantine Bay, Cypress…

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Clearing U.S. Customs by Boat in WA and AK

Traveling the Inside Passage in British Columbia, Canada by boat? This presentation makes clearing customs into the U.S. easy and stress-free. Sam Landsman and Laura Domela share the lessons of numerous crossings – leading flotillas up the Inside Passage from Anacortes, Washington through BC up to SE Alaska. Click here…

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Safe Harbour | Back to the San Juans

Half a mile outside of Elliott Bay Marina, I peeked into the engine room and saw hot, strawberry-red coolant spraying out of a now-disconnected hose. Twenty knots of southerly breeze was pushing me towards Magnolia Bluff. Instinctively I dropped the anchor and shut down the engine. This was a maintenance-induced…

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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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How to Get Into Boating

Boating isn’t for everyone. Several members of my family owned sailboats at various times during my childhood, and much time was spent sailing around the Southern California coast and back and forth to Catalina Island. Much time was also spent avoiding sanding duty (“With the grain. Always with the grain.”) on my mom’s Honduras…

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