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tdw 09-09-2009 08:24 PM

PNW - Cruising Guides.
What I would like to see is a compilation of PNW Guides plus any other information that relates to the area, be that books, magazines, links to websites, dvds etc. This is not meant to be the place for individual cruising reports (though we can link to them) but could include your favourite marinas, restaurants, whatever.

Cruising Guides

A Cruising Guide to Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands - Migael Scherer

Don Douglass and Réanne Hemingway - Exploring Series Cruising Guides

Charlies Charts - Charlie and Margo Wood

Dreamspeaker - Anne and Laurence Yeaden-Jones

Northwest Boating On Line

Waggoner Cruising Guide - Bob Hale

Sailing Directions (from the Canadian Hydrographic Service)

BC Marine Parks Guide (published by Heritage House)



Marinas, Repair Facilities, Restaurants etc.

Rosario Resort (Sept 09)

Cleats and Eats

The Burgee - David Kutz

Personal Blogs and Cruising Reports

Faster -- Yet Another Great Summer

JRD22 -- Desolation Sound Trip

nikolajsen -- 31 Days to Desolation Sound in a 20' Yawl

Erps -- Labor Day Weekend in the San Juans

Around Vancouver Island: A story about circumnavigating Vancouver Island, British Columbia


48° North

NW Yachting

BC Marina


Raban, Jonathan - Passage to Juneau

Post your suggestions and I'll edit them into the list. If you think any of the suggestions are utter rubbish, please feel free to say so. The same goes for the layout and the categories. Tell me what you want.

blt2ski 09-09-2009 08:38 PM

I do not at this time have too many guides per say, but three on the list I have and like,

A Cruising Guide to Puget sound and the San Juan Islands, I have the Olympia to Port Angelas version, would assume there is another for the gulf islands north, but could be wrong. Witten by Migael Scherer. It also has a few tide current charts at the rear along with how to get into different bays and marina's etc.

I also have two current carts, one of puget sound, and another that is popular for the san juans. But being as both are 15 min away on the boat........I'll get them maybe later tonight, or this weekend if someone else does not mention them in the mean time. Currents can be rather tricky around here. Where you think the water would be flowing, it is going opposite!


jackdale 09-09-2009 09:24 PM

A few more that I have used

Exploring Vancouver Island's West Coast, 2nd Ed. (Paperback)
by Don Douglass

Bill Wolferstan's books - a little dated, but still good resources.

Gunkholing in The Gulf Islands and Gunkholing in Desolation Sound and Princess Louisa by Al Cummings and Jo Bailey Cummings

The San Juan Islands - Afoot and Afloat by Marge and Ted Mueller

Bilgewater 09-09-2009 10:42 PM

Good thread tdw, thanks.

"Exploring the North Coast of British Columbia" - Blunden Harbour to Dixon Entrance. By Don Douglass & Reanne Hemingway. 600 pages jam packed with very useful cruising info including lots of historical info.

I find this one to be invaluable and very interesting to browse even when I'm not cruising.

tdw 09-09-2009 11:51 PM

If your suggestion doesn't make it onto the list at first, don't despair. I am trying to give each suggestion a quick run through before I edit the main list and I only have so much time.

I fear the links may end up getting the shaft. It is perhaps a little bit too difficult to keep from becoming overly commercial.

We shall see.

jackdale 09-10-2009 12:08 AM


Originally Posted by tdw (Post 521169)

I fear the links may end up getting the shaft. It is perhaps a little bit too difficult to keep from becoming overly commercial.

We shall see.

I expect that some search engine or online bookstore can be used if the links disappear.

blt2ski 09-10-2009 12:40 AM

I have not looked at the above links to see if they go to a book store, the authors web site...........

Hopefully, "IF" folks choose to link a book, then the link disappears for what ever reason, they will list the book name/author etc, as this is probably the "best way" IMHO as to not worry about losing the info! I can then look up the book via my favorite seach engine, be it google, yahoo, msn or lets see if we can come up with a benehuntalina word for it..........."yagoosn"

Anyway, 10pm here in the lovely NW, I've had my IC, cold drink, walked the bleeping dog.......time for bed!


JohnRPollard 09-10-2009 08:20 AM


May I suggest that you include some of the great trip reports that our PacNW Sailnet members have posted here? Maybe you could list them under the "Personal Blogs" category?

I think these would really help to give folks a taste for sailing in the PNW. Recently we've had some trip reports from Faster, JRD, Erps, and others (I'll stick some links in at the bottom), but I know there are plenty of others who have made nice contributions in the past.

Faster -- Yet Another Great Summer

JRD22 -- Desolation Sound Trip

nikolajsen -- 31 Days to Desolation Sound in a 20' Yawl

Erps -- Labor Day Weekend in the San Juans

jackdale 09-10-2009 10:58 AM

Not strictly a cruising guide.

Sailing Directions from the Canadian Hydrographic Service

It has some information lacking in a cruising guide

- Weather conditions throughout the year
- Traffic Zones and VHF frequencies, etc.,

As an official publication, none of its information is prefaced with "not for navigation."

When teaching, I refer my students to Sailing Direction before a cruising guide, and compare the advice.


Faster 09-10-2009 11:53 AM

Marine Parks forever publishes a nice guide to BC marine parks. Agree that the rather out-of-date Pacific Yachting/Wolferstan books are still of value for the historical aspects in the text. (There's one for the West Coast of Vancouver Island as well)

I think TD has pretty well covered the other (more or less current) editions. Keep in mind that the marina and aquaculture situations are always in a state of flux, and often recommended destinations may well turn out not to be as advertised.....

There are a couple of pure marina guides out there... "Docks and Destinations" is one of them. Again, though, be prepared for changes to what's listed.

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