Author Archive | Jim Burgoyne

The 500 feet of float space fills up quickly during the summer, but late arrivals need not worry since rafting is mandatory. (Photo by Martin Dale)

Destinations: Timelessness in Shoal Bay

Here’s our latest installment from friend and guest columnist Jim Burgoyne of SalishSeaPilot.com…  Standing at the end of the public wharf, looking beyond Shoal Bay, across Cordero Channel and north up Phillips Arm, the view is about as lovely and dreamlike as they get in the Discovery Islands. Then you turn around, look up at the East Thurlow Island […]

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Kingston: A little charmer

Plans were afoot here to write a blog post about the anchorage and facilities at Kingston on the Kitsap Peninsula, a ferry ride across Puget Sound from Edmonds. We intended to get to it. Really we did. But then David and Stephanie, the crew of Cambria, posted a delightful blog about the Kingston they love. […]

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

Sheltering in Quarantine Cove

Before we set sail, we ran some morning errands down to the transient docks at Causeway Marina and then found ourselves waylaid by a morning performance of synchronized ferries. Five of the tiny Victoria Harbour ferries were doing a dance in the bay in front of the legislative buildings, motoring about in set routines, trying […]

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Jarrell Cove State Park’s south dock (bottom right) now has electricity. (Photo by kpslater)

Jarrell Cove’s south dock now has power

Boaters who can’t live without a microwave oven (or other things AC) will be happy that popular Jarrell Cove State Park now has power to one of its docks. Crews have installed 30-amp power sockets on the south dock. A $6/night charge is in addition to the $0.70/ft ($15 minimum) fee for overnighting on the […]

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

Destinations: The invisible harbor

Here’s our latest installment from friend and guest columnist Jim Burgoyne of SalishSeaPilot.com…  Once a vigorous commercial fishing center, Mackaye Harbor is today a sleepy community at the south end of Lopez Island with holiday homes and small farms. The wide harbor has lots of room for secure anchorage, with convenient depths and good holding in mud. In […]

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Refuge Cove throws down a rustic, somewhat faded welcome mat that has a touch of magic felt from the moment you step ashore. (Photo by K Rad)

Refuge Cove spells relief

For most, the “refuge” in Refuge Cove refers to the cover it offers from cold winter winds. To some, bursting at the seams with brilliant insights amassed while bobbing in the lonely anchorages of Desolation Sound and the Discovery Islands, it means relief. Indeed, you will be hard pressed to find a more congenial spot to share your collection […]

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