Life on the water in the Pacific Northwest!

Where do you want to go?


See what you'll discover at WA State Parks, town and county docks, bays and coves... Including navigational issues.

Where to stay


We show you what you'll find when you get there, and what to do while you stay there! Plan your adventure in advance.

Boat Reviews

Can't make the BOAT SHOW?

Our video boat reviews feature full interior/exterior tours and sea trials. Enjoy armchair shopping of new and used models.

So much more!


Everything from Pacific NW Boater TESTED Product demos and installations, to news and feature stories that keep you connected to the water.

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Custom Digital Boat Paintings

Turn your favorite boat photo into a work of art!

TESTED: SOS Distress Light

Never buy flares again with the SOS Distress Light! Pacific NW Boater TESTED.

Broughtons Aerial Samples

During the summer of 2016, the crew of Pacific NW Boater joined a Waggoner Guide flotilla to the Broughton archipelago in...

Broughtons and Back

Published in the Spring 2016 issue of Cruising Outpost magazine, this 6-page article recounts the flotilla part of our...

TESTED: Ultraline Flat Rope Reel

Pacific NW Boater installs and tests the premiere stern-tying solution for your boat, the Ultraline Flat Rope Reel. This...

Wallas Diesel Heater Install

Last winter we installed a new Wallas 40Dt Diesel Forced Air Heater. The installation was straightforward and easy, and we...

Pierre's Echo Bay

Pierre's Echo Bay Lodge and Marina, centrally located in the Broughton Archipelago, is considered by many to be the...

Port Ludlow

Port Ludlow is a hidden gem is conveniently located between Seattle and the San Juan Islands. The Port Ludlow Resort and...

Ewing Cove - WA State Parks

Ewing Cove is part of Sucia Island State Park. Located north of Orcas Island, this Washington State Park is accessible only...

Friday Harbor

Located in the heart of the San Juan Islands, the Port of Friday Harbor offers some of the finest guest moorage...

About Pacific NW Boater

Pacific NW Boater is Darren, Lisa, and daughter Arriana O'Brien. We live and workaboard m/v Traveler, a 1979 Cheoy Lee 46...