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Cutts Island memories

Cutts Island evokes memories of deserted tropical isles and summertime beach parties. This lovely little Carr Inlet islet offers all those things and more.

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Transiting Seymour Narrows

On that day in 1958 it was the largest non-nuclear man-made explosion in history and it tamed the twin peaks of Ripple Rock. The maritime hazard had taken a high toll on shipping and claimed many lives. The rapids at flow are still a handful for any vessel.

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The restoration of Tod Inlet

Lovely Tod Inlet undergoes an environmental facelift to remove industrial pollutants and repair the natural habitat and make the anchorage safer for boaters.

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Eastsound feels bigger than it is

Sitting on the brink of solitude, the community of Eastsound at the head of East Sound which slices Orcas Island virtually in half, has a Gotham feel. Though perhaps we have just been on the boat too long.

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Cult of Pirates Cove

Pirates Cove was a haunt for the notorious Brother XII, a cult leader with thousands of followers seeking spiritual enlightenment. Today, the cove has a cultish following among family cruisers.

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Winter of discontent

Staying warm and dry was a bit of a challenge for many liveaboards this winter, the coldest, wettest and whitest we have seen on the Salish Sea for some years.