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Old 02-17-2014, 01:30 AM   #1
City: Redmond
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Hi - new to this forum. Bought a 39' Californian Navigator in November and enjoying it despite the weather.

Got the summer off work so we can spend quality time with our two young kids.

Planning a 4 week trip to Port Hardy starting early in May so we can appreciate this great area. we won't be rushing.

Probably stop off in Port Townsend, San Juans and Gulf Islands before heading inside Vancouver Island.

Will be seeking plenty of advice on great places to anchor, visit.

Also, we have a 250 gallon fuel tank. Runs efficiently on 2 x 260hp Volvos but will need to fuel by the time we get close to Port Hardy so advice on getting competitively priced diesel would be most welcomed

We love boating already!

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Old 02-17-2014, 05:40 AM   #2
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Waggoners cruising guide will address most of your questions. Best fuel stops for price and accessibility I've found along Vancouver Is are Campbell River and Port McNeil.

But most importantly are the cinnamon bun stops in Ladysmith and Sullivan Bay.
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Old 02-17-2014, 09:08 AM   #3
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Chris- Welcome to the forum! You will find plenty of information from this active group of experienced boaters. Way to go getting out over the winter months! I love the year round boating here in the PNW.
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Old 02-17-2014, 09:21 AM   #4
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Welcome! There are tons of places to play around here. Have you taken you kids to Fossil Bay on Sucia Island? They can spend days exploring around there. Spencer Spit on Lopez Island is also a great spot.

When you get up around Bellingham be sure to get in touch. Lettered Streets Coffee is a short walk from the docks and a great cup of coffee.

Bob & Jill
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Old 02-17-2014, 09:23 AM   #5
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Welcome, Chris!
Peter- Marine Insurance Guru at Novamar Insurance Group (206-350-5051) & tuna fishing addict!

1989 52' PT Overseas yachtfisher
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:28 AM   #6
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Chris, welcome to the PNW and to TF. You're going to be cruising in some very beautiful scenery, with lots to do, many small towns to visit, etc.

To ease your concerns about availability of and price of fuel, check out this website. Finedge does a weekly survey of the fuel places they're aware of to find out how much they charge, and then post it on this website for our viewing pleasure.

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Old 02-19-2014, 12:48 AM   #7
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Thank you

Thank you for making me feel most welcome. Lots of great information which I will look into and I'll be sure to share some of our experiences and learnings from our journey.

Thank you!

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Old 02-28-2014, 09:12 AM   #8
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Hi Chris,

Welcome! You may want to consider joining a yacht club. Lots of cruises to go on, people to connect with, and for summer-long travels it's hard to beat reciprocal moorages at an average of five dollars a night.

I'm the Vice Commodore of Edmonds Yacht Club. If you want to learn more, email me at
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Old 02-28-2014, 11:49 AM   #9
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Not to give away any secrets, but don't forget the south sound too for great weekend cruising.

We love taking a left turn, and watch the dozens of boats heading north. Then we tuck into a marina or anchorage and have lots of space for us. Even in the middle of summer.
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