Pacific Northwest Cruising

NORTHWEST CRUISING

From cosmopolitan cities like Seattle and Vancouver, to the warm, tranquil waters of Desolation Sound, to the fjords and tidewater glaciers of Alaska, the Pacific Northwest offers the finest cruising in the world.

Washington State

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  • With more than 200 miles of shoreline, Seattle is nautical Mecca. Nestled between the saltwater of Elliott Bay and the fresh water of Lake Union and Lake Washington, Seattle is home to thousands of commercial fishboats, hundreds of oceangoing tugs, and dozens of government ships. More boats are registered in King County (where Seattle is located) than any other county in the United States.

 

Lake Washington destinations (within an hour of SBMC):
Seattle Yacht Club (reciprocal moorage available)
Andrews Bay
Kirkland
Meydenbauer Bay
Fairweather Bay
Mercer Island
Boeing 737 assembly line

Southern British Columbia

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“I’ve cruised the coast from Costa Rica to Alaska a couple dozen times, spending winters in the sun and summers in the Pacific Northwest. Guests ask what my favorite places are and I always tell them it’s BC and Desolation Sound. If I did nothing else for the rest of my life I’d be happy cruising just that area. The weather is nice, it’s easy, it’s close, the fishing is good, the water is warm enough to swim, and it’s beautiful. I love everything about it!”
–Captain Skip Sethmann, 150’ Delta

  • Vancouver is a thriving, world class city situated on the shores of the Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound. Cruisers can moor at one of several marinas or anchor out.

 

Northern British Columbia

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  • Dent Island Lodge is just north of Desolation Sound. It's a first-class facility with high-end restaurant, good moorage, fishing and sightseeing charters, and more.

Alaska

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“We have spent 9 summers in Southeast Alaska, 3 summers in Prince William Sound and 2 in and around the Kenai, Kodiak Island and the Alaskan Peninsula.  Like the American Express commercial, “Alaska is the place that keeps on giving”. On a scale of 1 to 10, we would give the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia an “8”, Southeast Alaska a “10” and Prince William Sound/Kenai/Kodiak a solid “12”! In Southeast, it tends to be a bit rainy. In Prince William Sound, we use the air conditioning three out of five days!

“In all these years we have seen less than 5% of coastal Alaska and one can explore this area for a lifetime and never fully grasp its majesty.

“Having cruised more than 200,000 miles, between the outer reaches of Alaska, British Columbia, West Coast and East Coasts of the United States, Central America, Caribbean, Great Lakes, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Mediterranean, England and Norway there is no place for us that comes close to comparing with the magic and visceral appeal of Alaska.

“If you want to hang out with other boats, stay in marinas and be seen, then the East Coast of the United States, Caribbean and Mediterranean are your cruising grounds.  If you like wilderness, exploration, unparalleled beauty, nature, wildlife and going places that nobody has ever gone before and can only be seen by boat, then Alaska is your paradise!”

–Cliff Rome, M/Y Oasis, 70’ Delta

  • Alaska's natural beauty is incomparable. Small towns like Haines dot the coast.