Mike on his SUP in the San Juan Islands, WA
Limerick at anchor in the San Juan Islands. Mt Baker in the distance.
Minivan Camping near the Seven Mile Bridge, Florida Keys
Cenote Ik Kil, Yucatán, Mexico.
Camille at anchor in Mexico
Snorkeling in Cozumel, Mexico
Camille from above
Mike and Limerick in the San Juan Islands
Mike in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (Camille in the distance)
Verena and Camille in Ensenada Grande, Baja, Mexico
Fireweed in Alaska
Butterfly Fish, Big Island, Hawai'i
Limerick underway in British Columbia
Mike and Dorado, Sea of Cortez, Mexico
Dolphins on the bow of Camille
Ice floes in Cook Inlet, Alaska
Limerick and Chatterbox Falls in Princess Louisa Inlet, BC
Surfboards, Sayulita, Mexico
Minivan Camper near Death Valley
Camille anchored off Isla San Francisco, Mexico
Fire Dancer, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Mike fishing for salmon in Alaska
Cruising down the Colorado River at Horseshoe Bend
Limerick and moon in BC
Limerick and SUPs on Pelican Beach, Cypress Island, WA
Limerick and Mike on his SUP in Reid Harbor, Stuart Island, WA
Bonfire on the beach in Shallow Bay, Sucia Island, WA
Mike freediving a wreck in Aruba
Beach day and snorkeling in Aruba

Our Favorite Resources

A list of some of our favorite websites and (many free) resources! Updated May 2017

 

communicationCOMMUNICATION

  • Dockside Solutions – An awesome mailing service to help us get our snail-mail no matter where in the world we are. Owned by fellow cruisers and liveaboards in Seattle! We’ve been receiving our mail there since 2013.
  • Google Voice – We made free calls to US cell phones from Mexico all the time. Sometimes the connection is better using Skype but it’s not free unless you call another Skype user. The best part is you have a real US phone number that can receive voice mail, can text, and can be answered while on WiFi.

 

cruising guidesCRUISING ADVICE & GUIDES

  • Salish Sea Pilot – Our favorite! A very detailed guide to marinas and anchorages in the Salish Sea. The best part is that every anchorage has it’s own chartlet.
  • Local Knowledge – Tacoma, Washington to Ketchikan, Alaska. This has helped us tremendously in navigating tricky narrows with strong currents.
  • Port and Passes – reference guide for tide and current information in the Pacific Northwest
  • Waggoner Cruising Guide – while not detailed enough for many anchorages it is a great overview of all the places to cruise in the Northwest. Also available for free download on their website
  • noonsite.com – a great, free website by Jimmy Cornell geared to world cruising
  • Sea of Cortez – An excellent Cruiser’s Guidebook. Unfortunately it hasn’t been updated in a long time but it is still the best there is available for the area. We were almost arrested after going to a beach that had come highly praised in this guide. It is off limits! Read my post here.
  • Cruising Gear Checklist – provided free by Downwind Marine in San Diego. A checklist of everything you might need to go cruising. Frequently updated.

 

cloudsWEATHER and WATER

  • Online Weather School – National Weather Service Online Weather School is designed to help anyone interested in learning about weather and weather safety for free.
  • Wave Watch IIINOAA wave model to forecast ocean waves – free
  • Tides and Currents (US) – Find your nearest gauge on the map, click on it and select Tide Predictions.
  • CloudChart – A free, full-color poster of clouds, their names and descriptions. 

 

chart noaaNAVIGATION

 

lighthouseSAFETY

  • Online Virtual Vessel Safety Check – A free Vessel Safety Check is a courtesy examination of your boat (Vessel) to verify the presence and condition of certain Safety Equipment required by State and the Federal regulations.
  • Navigation Rules – Boats of 39 feet (12 meters) or greater are required to carry this book of rules on board. Also available in hard copy here or download for free.

 

skillsSKILLS

 

medicalMEDICAL

 

captains quick guidesCAPTAIN’S QUICK GUIDES

They are waterproof and chocked full of information. Great for a quick refresher course. Not free but very useful for the beginner!

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