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Pacific Northwest

If there is such a place trawler heaven, it most surely looks like the Pacific Northwest. A maze of inland passages are protected against the Pacific swell, and some of these comprise the fabled “Inside Passage” of British Columbia. With cobalt blue waters lapping against forested shores and a backdrop of snow capped crags and peaks, these cruising grounds are surely the most magnificent North America has to offer, and the fishing and crabbing is incomparable.

Northwest TrawlerFest Gets New Digs in Bremerton


It was an excellent run for TrawlerFest-Anacortes, the quaint town in northern Washington State that, for nearly a decade, hosted our regional, spring seminar series and in-water boat show. This year, we’ve decided to mix it up and move our northwest TrawlerFest 100 miles south-southwest…

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Channels #ViewFinder by Curt Rayner


We love seeing what our readers our up to and the wonderful photos you take. If you have any photos you’d like to see featured in the magazine, please email them to us! We may feature your photos either in a Channels newsletter or in a future issue…

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Bareboating The San Juans

San Juans

As the first gray light filtered through the cabin windows, I could hear the steady patter of raindrops on the cabin roof. It was a sound that would have ruined a vacation anywhere else in the world, particularly on a bareboat charter like ours, but…

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Circumnavigating Vancouver Island


I spent a summer on our boat cruising from Vancouver, up the west coast of Vancouver Island, across to the Broughton Archipelago, down through Desolation Sound, and back to Vancouver.  Having recently closed a business that kept me from boating much in the last two…

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Desolation Sound


“You are a lucky woman,” Becky said to me, “you have a husband who makes dreams you never knew you had come true.” These were the words my sister spoke to me on the second day of our maritime adventure to Desolation Sound, British Columbia,…

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Attacked by Wolves, Saved by Pirates

The title of this article may appear to be an exaggeration, but it’s not much of a stretch. In all our years of cruising the inside passage, we’ve always been amazed at how every day has the potential to yield an exciting and unexpected grand…

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In Hot Water

USUALLY, CRUISING IS REWARD ENOUGH FOR THE EFFORT AND investment involved in taking a boat to sea. But now and then an added attraction-a stunning sunset, a wilderness anchorage, difficult courses successfully plotted and completed-makes it a four-star event. Rarely, we may find a place,…

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The Wild Wind On The Pacific

The last few days before a passage are such a high! With energy and emotions running wild, bursting with anticipation, my mind exults at the thought of once again going to sea. I know of few other experiences in life that trigger the same flow…

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Oasis: Gunkholing The Inside Passage

My wife, Polly, and I had been under way for about 13 hours and were frazzled. Despite superb weather and glorious scenery, it was the hardest trip we’d ever made. Originally, the plan had been to spend two days cruising from Shearwater, British Columbia, down…

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Cruising The Secret Coast


We visited Queen Charlotte Sound for the first time in 2002, and the complex terrain, impressive scenery, and variety of fabulous anchorages have lured us back almost every year since. The maze of islands that border the waterway have become our favorite cruising ground. If…

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