The State of Nautical Charts produced by the Canadian Hydrographic Services
Mark LaBlanc - Director Pacific Region, Canadian Hydrographic Services
How do those wonderful Canadian charts get produced? There is an entire team of specialists, located just west of the Sidney, BC International Airport that manage the charting data for this region. We are pleased to have Mark LaBlanc, the Director of the Pacific Region for the Canadian Hydrographic Services as our guest to tell us about the challenges they are facing as they evolve and transition to new ways of producing and distributing mapping and other information of interest to recreational boaters.
You can feel the chill in the air telling you it is time to prepare your boat for the winter. On this episode of Seattle Boat Show LIVE we will cover the steps of what to do to get your boat ready for the winter. Waggoner Editors Mark Bunzel, Leonard Landon and Lorena Landon will go through the steps they go through to prepare their boats for the winter. Mechanic Shaun Quinn will keep them honest and add his input as a professional mechanic and even tell of some of the mistakes he has seen boat owners make that end up costing them money. Join us on Thursday night Nov 5 from 7-8pm on Seattle Boat Show LIVE to learn more about what you can do, or have your mechanic do, to get your boat ready for the winter
Vesper, the leading designer and manufacturer of AIS systems, has just released their new Cortex system. Cortex takes a fresh new look at the VHF radio and combines it with AIS and boat monitoring into a new system that also offers many new capabilities.
Lets say your AIS system alerts you to a possible collision. Wouldn't it be great if you could use your radio's DSC capability to alert and directly communicate with the other vessel. Done.
Or, wouldn't it be great to have an anchor watch system that could alert you via your smartphone if your boat is dragging while you are away onshore. Or, how about a system that can let you know that your boat is taking water while sitting in its slip in the marina due to a leak in a through-hull.
Through an intelligent design, Vesper has built many new capabilities into this system. Our AIS expert, Doug Miller of Milltech will be our guest to talk about this exciting new system. Join us on Thursday October 29th, from 7p - 8p to learn more about the future of marine communications with the Cortex system.
Accidents happen. And when they do you hopefully have the insurance coverage to pay for the damages. Understanding coverage and the language of insurance can be confusing when you buy an insurance policy. And if you have to file a claim - the confusion could be finding out you don't have the coverage you need or you did not understand the limits of your policy.
Peter Ricks, from Novamar Insurance Group will be joining us on Thursday October 22nd from 7p - 8p, to help us all understand marine insurance. What coverage should you have to cover your vessel, your crew, yourself and even another boat or the environment. And if the unfortunate happens, what are some of the tips you should know about reporting an accident and filing an insurance claim. This webcast could save you money by making sure you know more about having the right coverage and how to work with your insurance company to cover a claim.
Planning for pumpout is just as critical as planning for water, provisioning or getting rid of garbage. It used to be that we could just pump our effluent overboard. No longer. It is against the law in the Salish Sea right up to the Canadian border, and in many places in Canada it is prohibited. Washington Sea Grant has taken the lead on pumpout education and information. In partnership with the Washington State Parks Clean Vessel Act program, Wsshington Sea Grant manages the popular Pumpout Washington program, which educates boaters about the importance of proper sewage disposal, informs them about where to find pumpout stations, helps marina operators secure grants to install more stations and advises on the deployment of mobile pumpout services on heavily used waters. In the past year, more than 8.3 million gallons that would previously have been dumped into vulnerable waterways were instead collected for safe onshore treatment, thanks largely to training, outreach and federal funds provided by the pumpout program.
Washington Sea Grant's Aaron Barnett will be joining us on Thursday, October 15th from 7p - 8p. to present a new program to help find the nearest pumpout location with an app on your smartphone or tablet. The app is called Pumpout Nav and is free on either the IOS or Android platforms. The app will map out the nearest pumpout stations and give you the distance and direction. This is a pretty convenient way of getting to the nearest pumpout - when your tank is full.
Cooking on a boat offers its challenges. The galley is typically small and you may not have all the tools you have at home. Your crew is often famished especially if it is the middle of a race on a spirited day on the water. But there is the motivation with a family or crew that says “Everything tastes better on a boat.”
Northwest sailor and racer Carol Buchan has prepared a new book, Northwest Cooking Afloat. Through her photography, stories and her selection of compelling recipes she has captured the essence of why we boat in the Pacific Northwest where cooking and sharing a scrumptious meal on board for many of us is part of the allure.
The concept for this book started during a 10 day race around Vancouver Island when the joke began of the need for a cookbook entitled “Meals you can serve in a mug”. Carol goes beyond this with a collection of meals that can be prepared on board to satisfy a hungry and demanding crew. Like any great cookbook, her stories and photography gives you the motivation to dive in and prepare something memorable.
Watch this episode to see some of Carol’s ideas and recipes for the quick Happy Hour appetizer and elegant and easy to prepare lunches or dinners on board. She even has that breakfast to warm you up before you slip the mooring for a day of cruising in the Northwest.
AIS offers a lot of new capabilities to mariners on the water. It is another tool for collision avoidance and going forward may be a new means of receiving weather information and even critical navigation information. The cost to add AIS keeps coming down and it may be a small additional cost to add it to the marine electronics on your boat. Learn more about AIS with our guest, Doug Miller of Milltech in Port Orchard. Doug is one of the leading experts on AIS and can answer your questions during the show.
Nothing can ruin a passage faster than one crewmember getting seasick, or worse the captain!
There are things you can do for someone prone to seasickness.
Annie Feyereisen, a live-aboard boater and Harborview Hospital nurse has come up with a number of recommendations to prevent or deal with seasickness. This webcast will take a fun look at what you can do covering techniques, remedies, medications and best practices to prevent sea sickness. At Seattle Boat Show LIVE we want to help you have fun on the water by understanding the weather, tides and currents, trip planning and this Thursday from 7-8p, how to prevent seasickness. Join us.
Tides and Currents for Safe and Comfortable Cruising
Kevin Monahan, Canadian Coast Guard
Knowing the state of the Tides and Currents can make your passage more comfortable, faster and save on fuel. In some places knowing the state of the current can even save a life - yours.
Kevin Monahan, the Editor of the Ports and Passes Tide and Current Guide, will share his knowledge as a former Professional Mariner, Canadian Coast Guard Captain, and a fisherman. He will share his tips on how to understand the Tides and Currents and when conditions can be dangerous and should be avoided. Adjusting your departure a few hours could save you time and fuel when you know which direction and the speed of a tidal change. Or, it could keep you from going aground in beautiful places like Shallow Bay on Sucia Island. Tune in to Seattle Boat Show LIVE this Thursday, September 17th between 7p - 8p to learn more.
Next week on Thursday, September 24th, tune in for our webcast on Avoiding Seasickness with boater and Harborview nurse, Annie Feyereisen.
Seattle Boat Show LIVE is sponsored by The Groesbeck Group, experts on waterfront real estate and docks in Anacortes.
Understanding Fall Weather for Safe and Comfortable Boating
Mark Bunzel, Waggoner Cruising Guie
The weather in the fall in the Pacific Northwest can be beautiful for cruising. But it is also a seasonal transition. Like this past weekend, you can have beautiful sunny skies and a few hours later wind leading to rough seas, still under sunny skies. Knowing just a little bit about weather patterns can help you to anticipate tough weather conditions. We will look at actual examples as reported on the different weather services on the internet to understand when there could be "challenging" weather to help you make a go or no-go decision to go boating. Waggoner Guide editor, Mark Bunzel, will present his process for gathering the weather information you need to have a safe and comfortable trip.
Waggoner Cruising Guide with Mike Beemer, Marine Tech Instructor
Recently a local boat on its way south through the San Juan Islands started to fill with water due to a corroded exhaust system. The boat's pumps did not work and the two yacht brokers delivering the boat were in big trouble. They called out a MAYDAY and luckily local Marine Tech Instructor, Mike Beemer and his crew, fishing nearby responded. We have the video.
Mike stepped on board the sinking vessel and in addition to troubleshooting the leak he brought his "pump in a bucket" and probably saved the boat from sinking. Here the steps he took.
You can make your own "pump in a bucket" system and have this valuable safety tool available to save your boat, or someone else's. Mike and former Coast Guard member Art Hebert, both instructors at the Skagit Valley College Marine Tech program in Anacortes will describe the incident and tell you how you can create your own "pump in a bucket" - Just in Case.
Looking to head out soon on a boat? You won’t be alone. Not only are boat sales up in June and July by 33% over the same months last year, but also the Southern Resident Killer Whales might accompany you, too. This Thursday, we will revisit the topic of the laws and best practices around boating and whales and what you should do if/when you encounter these Endangered Species. Special guest Todd Hass, the special assistant to the director of the Puget Sound Partnership, and NMTA’s President/CEO George Harris will join co-hosts Mark Bunzel and Peter Schrappen on boating best practices. Plus, hear the latest updates on boating that you’ve come to love from Leonard and Lorena Landon from the Waggoner Guide and Coorespondents Dan and Karin Leech.
A good Co-Captain or First Mate can be a huge help when managing all of the details for a boating trip. A knowledgeable extra set of eyes and hands can add to your safety and enjoyment on the water too.
We will talk with three cruising couples for ideas and tips on how they work together to make their boating fun and safe. They have figured out how to divide up the boating duties for what works for them. For one couple, she is the captain as her boat handling skills are better. For another couple, they change off being captain every other year. And for one couple - after years of cruising in the Northwest to Alaska and down through Mexico - they have just figured it out. They are both skilled mariners and have their boating duties sorted out and sometimes overlapping. We will discuss tips for cruising couples and many tips for use when going out for the day with a buddy. There will be more than a few laughs as we all learn a few tips for having fun while cruising.
Many fear anchoring out for an overnight stay at many of the beautiful, quiet anchorages in the Northwest. Seattle Boat Show LIVE will cover this timely topic as summer cruising moves into the prime summer season.
With a few practical tips, anchoring in your favorite cove can be easy and secure, for a good night's sleep on the hook.
Join the NMTA and Waggoner crew as we describe some of the great places to cruise to in the South Puget Sound area. We are there right now gathering information and can describe the best places to go such as Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Pleasant Harbor and Hood Canal, Filucy Bay and its beautiful views of Mt. Rainier, Poulsbo and Port Townsend. The weather is beautiful and the cruising is fantastic. Join us on Thursday, July 23 to hear more. Also send in your questions to email@example.com and we will pose them to our experts at the Waggoner Cruising Guide.
We will also present all of the latest updates for other cruising destinations including British Columbia and SE Alaska during the first 15 minutes of the show.
Cruising the South Sound
Waggoner Cruising Guide
The great summer weather is here in the Pacific Northwest and for US boaters who can’t go north - south is the way to go. Your show hosts all headed to the south sound this past week and they have a lot to report. There is a much to see and do in Puget Sound. But life is not perfect. While the marinas and towns are open many marinas are no longer taking slip reservations. We will give you many practical tips on how to find moorage or where to anchor. We will share our favorite destinations and an update on the best restaurants for dining outside or ordering take out to enjoy back on your boat. We will even tell you where to find the best prices for purchasing fuel.
Whale Wise Guidelines
Waggoner Cruising Guide with NMTA President George Harris and Julie Watson from WDFW
Use Caution When Anchoring - You may be destroying sensitive eel grass areas
Waggoner Cruising Guide, Bart Christiaen from the WA Department of Natural Resources, Jim Norris - Waggoner Guide Coorrespondent and eelgrass consultant, and Tina Whitman, a marine life scientist with the Friends of the San Juans
In addition to our weekly COVID-19 updates on closures and restrictions, we will be diving in to a new topic, anchoring and eel grass. For example, did you know that anchoring in Garrison or Westcott Bays, near Roche Harbor, appears to have destroyed the eel grass. There are a few things we boaters can do to preserve the eel grass and save new growth. Learn which popular anchorages are in eel grass protection areas.
More Great Places to Cruise. Updates on British Columbia, the San Juans, Central Puget Sound and Hood Canal
Waggoner Cruising Guide with special guests
We have all of the latest updates for cruising in the Northwest and for making your cruising plans for the Canada Day and 4th of July weekends. We have the updates on special events and insights on how you can plan your summer boating. The Canada border will remain closed until at least July 21 and maybe longer. The Canadian marinas are open and welcoming Canadian guests. In the US almost all of the marinas are opening up for the season. Did you know that reservations are full for Friday Harbor for the 4th of July weekend, but they keep about 2/3 of their transient moorage available for “first-come, first served” moorage. And regular visitors know that there is plenty of space to anchor in front of the town.
When will the Canadian Border be open for boating in BC?
Waggoner Cruising Guide with special guests
Tune in for an informative update with a panel of guests from the Canadian Recreational Boating Industry including, Craig Norris (CEO Victoria International Marina), Don Prittie (GM Canoe Cove Marina, President of Boating BC), Pierre Landry (formerly Pierre's Echo Bay Marina), and Canadian/BC Government officials.