If you ever dreamed of cruising in and around the San Juan Islands in the pacific northwest, then this program is a must have! With valuable navigational information, this program reviews the history of each town at each port visited while portraying the unique beauty of these islands.
Two guys go for a marina cruise and record it with a handheld camera. Nothing wrong with that until you start charging for the video. My boat is in Port Townsend. I cruise and race in these waters, and can assure you that there is much more to know than what you get in this video. First, Victoria, Port Townsend, and Winslow (Eagle Harbor) are not part of the San Juans. Victoria is on Vancouver Island. Port Townsend is on the Olympic Peninsula. Eagle Harbor is on Bainbridge Island. Yes, Victoria and Port Townsend are frequent stops for people cruising the area, but only Friday Harbor (San Juan Island) is in the San Juans. If you want useful information for cruising this area buy the Waggoner Guide. Google it. No, I don't work for them, but you'd be wise to check it out. Example: one thing the hosts didn't tell you about in the video is the Point Wilson tide rip. This is a super-nasty area off point Wilson--you'll hit it if you time your passage to Port Townsend wrong--that develops during some ebb tides. Believe me, you want to know about and avoid this if you can. If you read your charts and the Waggoner Guide you'll find all sorts of useful tips for crossing the strait safely. The one guy in the video is a pretty good guitarist, but other than that they should be ashamed to charge for what is essentially a home video of a marina cruise. If you're from out of the area and thinking about chartering here, go with one of the reputable companies and consider using a professional captain for the first day or so. This place is full of tricky currents and fickle winds. The islands are close together, and there is a lot of stuff to hit or run into. Yes, it's beautiful, and yes, the experienced skipper with average skills can do it. I'm just saying that preparation is important if you're going to do anything more than chase the wind around the bay in this area, and you aren't going to get what you need from this video.