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Alaska / Canada
  Elfin Cove
    Fuel 907-239-2208
Limited moorage on Govt docks.
    Port of Juneau   907-586-5720
    Auke Bay - Harbor Master  907-789-0819
  Fishermans Bend 907-789-7312
  Deharts Marina 907-789-4225
  Seadrome Travel Center 907-463-8811
  Petersburg  - 907-772-4688
    Call ahead. Moorage limited.
  Ketchikan - 907-228-5637
    City float, just north of downtown
New docks with power and water
    Between berths 3 and 4
Doyons Landing. Large Yacht moorage 907-225-5155
Petro Marine. will deliver to Doyons Landing 907-225-2106
  Prince Rupert
    PRYC  2 50-624-4317
Outside end tie.
Clear Customs after tieing up.
Canada Customs   888-226-7277
Fuel dock next door.
  Hartley BayTop of Page
    fuel-limited moorage
    (hole in the wall) (fuel)
  Bella Bella
    Shearwater Marina (fuel)
    Butedale, Abandoned Cannery, Decent dock for overnight.
  Port Hardy
Quarterdeck Marine 250-949-6550
Limited moorage
Customs Canada 888-226-7277
  Alert Bay
    Fuel 250-974-5213
    Port McNiel. North Island Marina. 250-956-4044
  Fuel, Good services.
  Campbell River
    April Point 250-285-2222
Discovery Harbor 250-287-2614
  Cortez Island
    Gorge Harbor Marina 250-935-6433 Ch-66A
  Yaculta Rapids   Transit near slack
  Dent Island - 250-203-2553
  Big Bay, Stuart Island. Community Docks - 250-202-3625
  Sonora Resort (Yaculta Rapids) - 604-233-046
  Toba Wildernest - 250-830-2269
  Lund. Hotel Dock - 604-483-3187
    Just north of fuel dock. (exposed)
  Pender Harbor
    Garden Bay Marina - 604-883-2674 -
35 amp only
Lots of dock space.
    Pilot House Marina - 604-883-2479
Ch-66A 50 amp
  Princess Louisa Inlet / Chatterbox Falls
    Govt. Dock 55 ft limit
Shore anchoring only
    Malibu Rapids..Reference Pt. Atkinson
Canadian Tide Tables Volume 5
Add 1 hour to predicted times
Transit at slack
  Nanaimo, Port of - 250-754-5053
    Cameron Island - 250-754-5053
  Ganges 250-537-5242
  Montegue Harbor 250-539-5733
  Bedwell Harbor (Poets Cove) 250-629-3212
  Port of Sydney - Ch-66a - 250-655-3711
    Philbrooks boat yard - 250-656-1157
    Van Isle Marina (fuel / customs) - 250-656-1138
    Raven Marine - 250-655-3934
Anthony Marine Repair / Management
Highly Recommended
    Coal Habour 604-681-2628
Taxi 871-1111
  Victoria - 250-383-8326
Customs 888-226-7277
ABC Taxi. Jas. 250-744-0462
Coho 250-386-2202
  Wrangell Narrows
    Current flows north on the flood

  Bellingham Squalicum Harbor 360-676-2542
    Cap Sante - 360-293-0694
  Roche Harbor - 360-378-2155
  Friday Harbor - 360-378-2688
    Customs 360-378-2080
Friday Harbor Taxi 360-298-4434
  Rosario Resort 360-376-2222
  La Conner
    Swinomish Channel Lodge 360-466-3101
  Port Townsend
    Point Hudson - 360-385-2828
  Seattle Bell Street 206-615-3952
  Elliott Bay Marina - 206-285-4817
  Shilshole Bay Marina - 206-728-3006
    Fuel Dock 206-783-7555
  Poulsbo 360-779-3505
  Gig Harbor Arrabellas 253-851-1793
  Bellevue Marina - 425-452-6881
  Port Angeles - 360-457-4505
    Customs 360-457-4311
  Neah Bay
    Marina 360-645-3015
Fuel 645-2749
Big Salmon 645-2374 Ch-68
  Westport - 360-268-9665
    Fuel 268-0076
  Astoria - 503-325-8279
    West Basin 503-791-7730
Englund Marine 503-325-4341
  Brookings 541-469-2218
    200 ft of transient space with 50 Amp across from CG Station
Entrance is small over 60 ft not recommended.
  Port of Rainier
    1 mi east of bridge across from Longview.
Good overnight moorage.
No power.
  Kalama - 360-673-2325
    Gate 1121
    Tomahawk Bay Marina 503-283-2444
  Newport, OR
    Southbeach 541-867-3321
J Dock 50 amp
Fuel 867-7644
After hours fuel 961-9037
Tax: 265-9552
Mechanic 265-4224
Bens Diving 961-8471
US Customs 541-265-6456 - Note: Call 24 hrs in advance.
    Salmon Harbor 541-271-3407
  Coos Bay
    Charleston 541-888-2548
Taxi 888-4343
Mechanic 888-2623
  Crescent City - 707-464-6174
    Fuel 707-465-4200
Taxi 707-464-6030
New Marina is complete. Transient moorage is long side tie
On the left as you enter the inner harbor. 50 amp power.
Fuel pier is on the right just before the inner harbor.
    Woodly Island 707-443-0801
Englund Marine 444-9266
Taxi 445-1100
  Fort Bragg - 707-964-4719
    Entrance is very small. Moorage is very limited.
Over 50 ft not recommended.
  Bodega Bay
    Spud Point 707-875-3535 Ch-68
  San Francisco
    St Francis YC
P-38 415-279-5562
South Beach 495-4911
SF Marina 292-2013
    Spoonmaker 415-331-5550
    Grand Marina 510-865-1200
Port of Oakland 834-4591
Marina Village 521-0905
Emerycove 428-0505
  Halfmoon Bay - 650-726-5727
  Monterey - 831-646-3950
    Breakwater Cove 647-9402
Diane 373-7857
Monterey Airbus 831-373-7777
Monterey Taxi 646-1234
  Morrow Bay - 805-772-6254
    Yacht Club 772-3981
  Santa Barbara - 805-564-5530
    Fuel 962-7186
Taxi 966-6161
    Harbor Village 805-644-0169
West Marina 644-8266
  Marina Del Rey
    Burton Chace Park 310-305-9595
Fuel 823-2444
  Newport Beach
    Ardell 949-642-5735
Bay Club 645-5000
Fuel (Gary Hill) 675-0740
    Avalon 310-510-0535
Two Harbors 510-2683
  Dana Point - 949-496-6137
  San Diego
    Kona Kai 619-224-7547
Scott Pollack
Pearsons Fuel 222-7084
  Mission Bay
    Driscoll 223-5191
Cabrillo 619-297-6222

  Oahu, West side
    Ko Olina Marina 808-679-1050

    Hotel Coral 866-302-0066
Cruiseport Village
  Turtle Bay
    3 section, 100 ft floating dock comes out from the end
Of the steel pier. Be extremely careful of mooring lines extending out from the sides and end of this.
Fuel is cash only.
  San Jose Del Cabo
    Puerto Los Cabos Marina 011-52-624-142-6704
Isolated down long dirt road
    Marina Cabo San Lucas Ch-88A
Jesus -

Checking in and out of Mexico
Agencia Barreda -
Daniel Romero Alvarez -
Documents needed: Passports, Vessel Document,
Vessel Import Certificate. Vessel Insurance.
Approx 300.00$ USD.
  Cabo Diesel Supply
    Calle Ejido
  San Jose Del Cabo
    Puerto Los Cabos Marina 011-52-624-142-6704
  Cabo Los Frailes
    Good anchorage south side
  Cabo Pulmo Marine Park
    Only hard coral reef in Sea of Cortez. No Anchoring. Need Guide.
  Ensenada de los Muertos
    Good anchorage
Just south of Punta Perico
  Rancho Viejo
    1 block up from waterfront just before marina lapaz
  Sea of Cortez (west side)
  Starting North of LaPaz
  Isla Espiritu Santo
    Many great beachs/anchorages
  Isla Partida Anchorages
    Partida Cove
El Cardonal
Ensenada Grande
  Los Islotes
    Swim with the Seals
  Isla San Francisco
    45 nm North of LaPaz, Amazing clear water. Trail along ridge. Fantastic views.
  Puerto Escondido
    Very sheltered
    Small boat harbor. Dinghy dock. No anchorage. Alaska Airlines
  Isla Carmen
    Across from Loreto
  Balandra Cove
    Good Anchorage
  San Juanico
    Good anchorage. Very pretty harbor.
  Copper Canyon Train
    Topolobampo. Stay in marked channel. Train leaves from Los Mochis. Anchor just outside channel off Mexican Military Base
  Mazatlan U.S. # 866-796-5571
23-16.0N 106-28.0W
5.4 mi N. of Main entrance.
52 669 916-3468
  Puerto Vallarta
    Marina Vallarta 011-52-322-221-0275
Paradise Village
  Barra de Navidad
    Garden Bay Marina and Resort -
Saul Alverez Dock Master
French pastry Panga
El Harna Frances
Delivered each morning
Water Taxi Ch-23
    Las Hadas Resort. NE of Punta Santiago
  Ixtapa 011-52-755-553-2180
    Marina Chahue
15-44.9N 096-06.7W
Enrique 011-52-958-587-2652
Fuel truck 600 Gal at a shot.
  Isla Mujeres, Mexico (Yucatan)
Fuel, moorage,
Clearance assistance North end of Laguna Makax
Check in with Port Captain on 16

  Puerto Quetzal
    13-54.5N 090-45.8W
Marina Pez Vela
Agent Miguel Oscar - VHF-10
90 ft end tie with 100 and 50 amp power
El Salvador
  Bahia Jiquillisco
    Las Barillas
13-07N 88-25.2W
Pilot pickup point. Ch-16
Mooring buoys. Fuel dock.
Marina will notify officials.
9 mi up river to marina
550 nm to Huatulco
  Costa del sol
    Paradise Fishing Lodge

  Marina Puesta del Sol
5 Mi off 12-35.6N 087-25.5W
Sea Buoy 12-36.5N 087-22.4W
Just south of Golfo de Fonseca, 2 Hrs. from Managua
70 nm to Las Barillas
100 nm to Papagayo
250 nm to Los Sueno

Costa Rica
  Marina Papagayo
    10-38.25N 85-39.25W
150 nm to Los Suenos
  Los Suenos
    9-38 N 84-40 W
Across from Cabo Blanco
Agent: Ernesto
24 hr notice.
Electrical: Preston Wright
Marine Power Luis Madrigal E.
2 hr cab ride from San Jose.
Dental: Dr. Dario Chaves O.
Los Suenos Resort Costa Rica
Airport Shuttle:
    33 miles SE of Los Suenos
9-25 N 84-10 W 866-739-8352
08-37N  83-09W

  Marina Flemenco
    Flamenco Marina:
8-54.37 N 79-31.3 W
East side of Flemenco Is.
Tina McBride
Pete Stevens
  Colon (Cristobol Control ch-12) (Ch-74)
9-22.23N 079-56.864W
Keep “SB” green buoys to left
And the breakwater to the right.

New Jersey
  Atlantic City - 609-441-2000
  Cape May - 609-884-2400

  C & D Canal, Bear, DE - 302-836-1800

  Baltimore - 410-752-1122
    Harborview Marina
  Annapolis - 410-268-0660
    Solomons Yachting Center 410-326-2401 410-326-3441
Zahnisers Yacht Center 410-326-2166

    Intracoastal Waterway mile 0 757-625-3625
Portsmouth Tide Water Marina 757-393-2525
  Great Bridge
    Atlantic Yacht Basin 757-482-2141

North Carolina
    Midway Marina 252-453-3625
Coinjock Marina 252-453-3271
    River Forest Marina 252-943-2151
    Oriental Harbor Marina 252-249-3783
  Moorhead City - 252-726-6862
    Caspers Marina 910-326-4462
  Wrightsville Beach
    Wrightsville Beach Marina 910-256-6666
    Wilmington City Docks 910-520-6875
    Southport Marina 910-457-5261

South Carolina
  North Myrtle Beach (Little River) 843-249-5376 843-390-7928
    Harborwalk Marina 843-546-4250
  Isle of Palms
    Isle of Palms Marina 843-886-0209
    Charleston City Marina 843-723-5098
    Downtown Marina 843-524-4422
  Hilton Head 843-671-2704

    Westin Savannah Harbor Resort 912-201-2000
  Thunderbolt 912-354-2283
  St. Simons Island
    Golden Isles Marina 912-634-1128

  Fernandina Beach
    Fernandina Harbor Marina 904-491-2090
    Morningstar Marina 904-246-8929
  St. Augustine - 904-825-1026
  Daytona Beach
    Halifax Harbor Marina 386-671-3601
  New Smyrna Beach
    Riverview Hotel 386-428-5858
    Titusville Municiple Marina 321-383-5600
  Fort Pierce 772-464-1245
    Sunset Bay Marina 772-238-9225
  Palm Beach
    Rybovich Marina 561-844-1800
  Fort Lauderdale
    Los Olas Marina 954-828-7200
Bahia Mar 764-2233
P-66 728-3578
Harbour Towne 926-0300
    Miami Beach 305-673-6000
Miami Bayside 579-6955
Dinner Key 579-6980
  Key West
    A & B 305-294-2535
Galleon Resort and Marina 305-292-1292

  Bimini 242-347-2900 232-347-3391
  Grand Bahama (west end)
  Great Inagua (Mathew Town)
    Mathew Town Dock
Leon Turnquest 242-339-1427
Harbor Master, Donna McPhee

  Port Royal/Kingston 876-967-8040

  Roatan (French Harbor)
Fuel, clearance assistance
Enter through Brick Bay entrance.
Agent: Roney Fino
Check in with Port officials on 16 off Coxen Hole
  Roatan, Honduras (Brick Bay)
    To San Andreas, Columbia
Deep water route:
16-19.8 N 086-28.6 W     Brick Bay Entrance
16-06.0 N 085-01.0 W     Cabo Camaron
16-00.0 N 084-16.0 W     Punta Patuca
15-36.0 N 083-01.0 W     Mosquito Shoal
15-15.3 N 082-18.6 W     Largate Reef
12-35.0 N 081-40.0 W     North End San Andreas
Stay outside reef
12-32.6 N 081-40.4 W     San Andreas Entrance

  San Andreas
Room for only 2-3 boats med-moored
Entrance Position: 12-32.0N 081-41.0W
Agent: Rene Serrana (will meet you at The marina)
Agent. Julian Watson -

Cayman Islands
  Grand Cayman
19-22.84N 081-19.6W
Entrance Gap to Main Channel
North end of Goveners Harbor
Call Port Security with 10nm on 16.

  Usefull Websites:
  San Juan, Puerto Rico
    San Juan Bay Marina.
  St. Thomas
    Yacht Haven Grand
American Yacht Harbor Marina
  Tortola (Road Town)
    Village Cay Marina
  St. Croix (Christianstad)
    Green Cay Marina
  St. Martin
    Gateway Marina
Simpson Bay Marina
  St. Barthelemy (Gustavia)
    Marina St Barth Marinev
    Antigua Yacht Club
  Martinique (Forte-de-France)
    Marin Yacht Harbour Marina
  St Lucia
  St Vincent Grenadines
    Bequia Marina (Admiralty Bay)
  Barbados (Bridgetown)
    Careenage Marina
  Grenada (St Georges)
    Camper Nicholson
  Trinidad (Chaguaramas)
    Crews Inn Hotel and Yacht Center
    Harbour Village Marina
  Curacao (Willemstad)
    Kima Kalki Marina
  Aruba (Oranjstad)

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