In a somewhat confusing sign of the times, the Dept. of Fisheries & Oceans has stopped publishing their annual Notices to Mariners (NOTMAR), Radio Aids to Marine Navigation (RAMN), and List of Lights (LOL?). They are now available exclusively as free PDF downloads: NOTMAR here, RAMN here, LOL here. (2013 Editions in early April)
We don’t often refer to the RAMN these days, but we like to have them aboard to comply with some racing rules, vigilant officials, and general prudence. So it seems we’ll be printing off hundreds of pages or keeping PDF copies on our iPads. Would you buy hard copies if we pre-printed them for you? If anyone has any suggestions or thoughts on this issue, we’d love to hear them!
So how did two San Diego trailer-sailors fall in love with Lake Huron’s North Channel? The answer is Marjorie Cahn Brazer’s classic cruising guide, Well-Favored Passage, first published in 1975 in Toronto….and yes it was spelled “Well-Favoured Passage.” Friends loaned us a copy of her third 1987 edition (now a collectible) and she took us to enchanting, wilderness anchorages and charming Canadian ports-of-call. Marjorie, who left us in 1992, was also an exquisite storyteller….”The Great Sawmill Robbery,” “The Curse of the Bearwalk” and more are still found in our updated, greatly expanded 2012 edition of Well-Favored Passage: The Magic of Lake Huron’s North Channel. It comes replete with GPS coordinates. Heirs to her remarkable legacy, our new edition is intended to share the rapture of cruising the North Channel. Bon Voyage! – Captain Pixie Haughwout and First Mate Ralph Folsom