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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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Eagle Harbor’s easy life

Eagle Harbor’s reputation for being a stress-free moorage might lose some of its polish this summer when the city dock undergoes reconstruction, reducing moorage choices and forcing cruisers to pull up dinghies on shore. But life could be more difficult.

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Timeout in Shoal Bay

It’s hard to imagine what Shoal Bay was like back in its heyday as home to one of the largest towns on the BC coast. Now it is just a lovely anchorage with spectacular views and the occasional music festival.

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Kingston: A little charmer

There is no reason sailors must stop at Kingston. It has a marina, a supermarket, bakeries, bars, a public library and oodles of fast food outlets. Lots of places do. But here is found a comfort level not available everywhere.

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The invisible harbor

Mackaye Harbor is a sheltered, peaceful anchorage which offers cruisers much more thanĀ is readily apparent when you first drop the hook.