Holiday Splendor Around the Salish Sea

It’s no secret that winter cruising in the Pacific Northwest can be difficult. But it’s also an incredible time of year to get out and discover unique holiday events and the beauty of empty anchorages around the Salish Sea.…

Destinations: Verging on Cape Caution

Here's our latest destinations installment courtesy of SalishSeaPilot.com's Jim Burgoyne detailing four anchorages south of Cape Caution good for waiting for a weather window to round. An aerial view looking south into the…

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Patos Island Lighthouse

Patos Island Lighthouse, 1915. Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard. Boaters venturing north beyond the bustle of Friday Harbor, Roche Harbor, Deer Harbor, and other popular destinations in the San Juan archipelago will find a…

Mischief Beyond Nakwakto Rapids

Leaving Allison Harbour in time to make the slack at Nakwakto. For more than 10 years, our 40-foot pilothouse trawler Mischief has been both our comfortable home-away-from-home and our magic carpet to new places. My wife…

Winter Hidey-Holes of the Salish Sea | Portland Island

With winter on the horizon, two things are bound to happen in the coming months in the Salish Sea: low pressure systems will sweep in off the Pacific Ocean bringing strong southerlies, and brisk northerlies will push down…

Destinations: Kenai Peninsula Discovered

In our latest Throwback Thursday, find adventure and solitude in this stunning cruiser's playground. Reaching south out of Resurrection Bay past the Rugged Islands, a large easterly swell rolls from our port side, and a…

Yahtzee’s Colombian Hurricane Home and Spa

It was about 8:15 a.m. when I climbed off Yahtzee's stern onto the dock in Cartagena. The sun had been up for a couple hours and the Caribbean heat was already blazing. As I slid into my flip-flops and shouldered my…

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Sentinels of San Juan Island

San Juan Island offers two distinctive beacons in two unique settings. Both reflect the ongoing story of mariners in the Salish Sea. When you are cruising in the area this summer, they are worth checking out by water and by…

Destinations: The Other Side of Hotham Sound

Here's our latest destinations installment courtesy of SalishSeaPilot.com's Jim Burgoyne about a splendid spot on the Sunshine Coast. Looking east from the west shore of Hotham Sound. The Harmony Islands, on the southern…

Wild Burnaby Narrows

Exploring the "Galapagos of the North" When you think of the Galapagos Islands, what comes to mind is a place teeming with sea life and unique flora and fauna that is hard to get to and relatively untouched by modern humans.…