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    Where to Find Buddy Boat for May-June 2019

    My partner Leslyn and I will be heading out from Anacortes, WA
    mid to late May with the goal of maybe getting up to Alert Bay
    but no farther this year. The end of our cruise would be late June.
    Anybody know anybody interested in buddy boating that loose
    itinerary? Any ideas on where else to find a buddy boat?
    We did Des Moines, WA to Squamish, BC last year with a buddy
    boat for part of the trip. That part was the most fun.
    1994 2859 in Tacoma, WA
    7.4 Mercruiser
    Still learning about other systems
    and specs.

    #2
    Go find Viking Star in Cap Sante and introduce yourselves to Al & Kristi. Viking Star is roughly 50 feet - she's Monk McQueen woodie - I'm not sure which dock they're on but they won't be hard to find. They usually winter in Friday Harbor but they're in Cap Sante this winter and - as far as I know anyway - will be in the Gulf Islands and Desolation in the summer. At the least they'd be somebody to meet up with and they're good people.
    R.J.(Bob) Evans
    Buchanan, SK
    Cierra 2755
    Previously 43 Defever, Response LX
    Various runabouts, canoes & kayaks

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      #3
      Cool. Will do.
      1994 2859 in Tacoma, WA
      7.4 Mercruiser
      Still learning about other systems
      and specs.

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        #4
        Buddy boating is one of our great joys. A resource I can't recommend strongly enough are yacht clubs. Before you decide you've read enough, hear me out. I know the stereotype image is a bunch of guys standing around in blue blazers holding drinks and trying to impress the next person about anything that would impress that person. And, yes there are those clubs. However, there are many more that are much more appealing to most of us. I look at as kind of like finding a church, find one where you, and your partner, are comfortable. It doesn't need to be based near your boat, if fact, my club, Edmonds Yacht Club has more boats moored away from Edmonds than at Edmonds including several in Anacortes.
        In addition to the social side, you gain a network for not only where to go but folks to go with. If the club offers cruises, they may range from organized to disorganized. For example, Edmonds has several organized cruises where moorage, entertainment and most meals are planned or provided. On the other hand there are several casual cruises where marina arrangements are made and from there everyone is on their own. Many of our members buddy boat on everything from a long planned cruise to "we are going to ______, wanna meet us there?" There is also reciprocal moorage privileges at yacht clubs all over, San Juan YC welcomes visitors to their burger nights last I heard, and Lahina Yacht Club offers good food and drinks on the Lahina waterfront at about half the price of the restaurants next door. If you want to explore this, pm me. Obviously, the Admiral and I enjoy it and are happy to share.
        Look for Al and Sue Smith on Sunshine at Cap Sante. They are really fun, laid back people.
        P/C Pete
        Edmonds Yacht Club (Commodore 1993)
        1988 3818 "GLAUBEN”
        Hino EH700 175 Onan MDKD Genset
        MMSI 367770440

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          #5
          Another good tip, thanks. Will contact them too.
          I live 1000 miles away from where our boat is. There
          is a great yacht club near us, but it wouldn't have anybody
          cruising Puget Sound.
          1994 2859 in Tacoma, WA
          7.4 Mercruiser
          Still learning about other systems
          and specs.

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            #6
            +1 what Pete said. That is why I am a member of PSYC.
            Ted G
            The Great PNW

            86 2850 Contessa SB
            Designers Edition
            Mercury 350 Mag
            290 Volvo DP

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              #7
              Okay, we're firming up our plans. We will be at our
              boat in Anacortes on May 21st. Then, we're planning
              to head up to Ganges and through Dodd Narrows and
              up toward Campbell River the first few days. We'd
              like to get North sooner then take our time coming
              back down. Anybody going in that general direction
              then?
              1994 2859 in Tacoma, WA
              7.4 Mercruiser
              Still learning about other systems
              and specs.

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                #8
                +2 what Pete said. That is why I am a member of Schooner Cove YC up in Nanoose Bay, BC. I followed Pete's advive when I asked him last year and after looking around for a YC I was talking to another boater on my dock and her recommended SCYC. The dues are very reasonable for up here on the island at $1000 initiation and 300 a year thereafter. There are at least 3 other members in my marina in Nanaimo including the Commodore on my dock. They have various social events throughout the year as well as weekly races in season. For us the reciprocals are great and they also have 2 cruising stations. This summer there are 3 cruises planned. Spring Cruise to Vancouver and Sunshine Coast June 10 – June 18, Stops to include Silva Bay, Snug Harbour, Coal Harbour, Indian Arm, Keats, Gibsons and Pender Harbour. Included will be a stop at our cruising station, John Henrys. Summer Cruise to Desolation Sound, July 25 – August 10, Stops to include Lund, Roscoe Bay, Refuge Cove, Von Dunop Inlet, Francis Bay, Octopus Islands, Rebecca Spit, Gorge Harbour and Tribune Bay. The cruise will include major rendezvous / provisioning points every 3-4 days so boats are able to adjust their personal itineraries to their convenience. Included will be a visit to our cruising station at Gorge Harbour. Fall Cruise to the San Juan Islands August 30 - Sept 12. Stops to include Thetis Island (in conjunction with NYC corn roast – see below), Genoa Bay, clearing customs in Roche Harbour and then moorages and anchorages on San Juan, Orcas, Lopez and Succia Islands, return and clear customs at Pender or Sidney. The cruise will highlight rendezvous points every 3-4 days so boats are able to adjust their personal itineraries and convenience. Trip to include the Inter-club Corn Roast described below, as well as a stop to our cruising station at Genoa Bay.

                If your passing by Nanaimo give us a PM and maybe we can meet up somewhere.

                Happy Cruising
                P/C Bob Hicks JN
                Dock Holiday, 1992 Bayliner 3888 Double Cabin Flybridge Cruiser
                Twin Hino W04TI 210 HP Diesels with Hurth HSW630A 2.0:1 Trannys
                Westerbeke 8.0 BTD-614 8KW Genset
                Avon 9 ft 6 in Tender with a Tohatsu M8B 8HP outboard
                Currently moored at Stones in Nanamio, B.C.

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                  #9
                  Cool! Thanks. We'll do that.
                  1994 2859 in Tacoma, WA
                  7.4 Mercruiser
                  Still learning about other systems
                  and specs.

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                    #10
                    Well darn. We were leaving Anacortes about the same time, headed for Ketchikan. We have to postpone to 2020 now... Rick's 89 yr old dad is going into hospice care, and we need to stick around.

                    You've given me a great idea, tho, posting for a Buddy Boat! I'll do it next year. Perhaps you two will be planning another similar cruise at that time.

                    Shelly
                    Shelly
                    Willamette Valley, Oregon
                    originally from Seattle

                    '80 Saratoga 2550 CB
                    Volvo Penta 225D &
                    AQ280 outdrive

                    - My boat (every photo, ever -- for reference and progress log)
                    https://www.flickr.com/gp/[email protected]/esPXUY

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                      #11
                      Shelly and Rick:

                      Sorry to hear about your dad.

                      Keep in touch. We just may be going out
                      again next year. We've been boating
                      around there for the past 5 years or so.

                      Way to keep your boat looking good!

                      Bill
                      1994 2859 in Tacoma, WA
                      7.4 Mercruiser
                      Still learning about other systems
                      and specs.

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                        #12
                        If anyone is interested, we're heading out from Campbell River,
                        BC around June 1st this year. We got to Alert Bay last spring
                        and are looking to go a bit farther this spring. If anyone else
                        is going to be around there then, let us know.
                        1994 2859 in Tacoma, WA
                        7.4 Mercruiser
                        Still learning about other systems
                        and specs.

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                          #13
                          Hidden Harbor Yacht Club is pretty great. Cost and fun.
                          Guntar
                          1999 3988
                          Cummins 270s

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by guntar View Post
                            Hidden Harbor Yacht Club is pretty great. Cost and fun.
                            Which one?
                            1994 2859 in Tacoma, WA
                            7.4 Mercruiser
                            Still learning about other systems
                            and specs.

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