Well-Favored Passage

by Haughwout, Pixie & Ralph Folsom

(1 customer review)

CAD $79.95

45th anniversary ed. with gps data. Marjorie Brazer’s classic guide to the North Channel area of Lake Huron has been updated and expanded by two long-time cruisers who share her love of boats and books. Includes vivid scenic description, directions for reaching villages and harbours, navigational advice, marine facilities, restaurants, and farmers’ markets. Background stories of people and places that bring the North Channel to life make this volume more than just sailing directions. This edition adds coverage of Drummond Island, new anchorages and harbours, and more stories and tales, and lists locations that have Internet access.

ISBN 10: 0967662087
ISBN 13: 9780967662084
Illustration: photos & illus.
Pages: 176
Published: 2019
Format: softcover
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1 review for Well-Favored Passage

  1. Bruce Conron

    Well-Favored Passage, subtitled The Magic of Lake Huron’s North Channel, is an updated and enlarged edition of the late Marjorie Cahn Brazer’s cruising guide of the same name that went through three editions, the last dated 1987. The new authorship is a trailer-sailor couple, Pixie Haughwout and Ralph Folsom, who published the edition reviewed here in 2012. One notable feature of this revision is the inclusion of GPS co-ordinates for every anchorage described. It is spiral bound, in trim size 8 ½” x 11” and 176 pages in length. I have drawn instruction from it on several cruises to the North Channel since then and recommend it highly. This guide and the PORTS guide to the waters west of Killarney offer a terrific one-two combination for anyone wishing to get the most from the experience of gunk-holing among the myriad islands, the north shore, and the ports of call on Manitoulin Island. The authors also tout a third guide, the Great Lakes Cruising Club’s Port Pilot and Log Book. W-F Passage is amply illustrated with photos and chart snippets in every chapter of the innumerable anchorages the authors describe in meticulous detail. Here is an example, taken from their notes on Oak Bay: “Back on the north shore past the easterly Hotham Island anchorage, there is a sweet and little used gunkhole behind an unnamed island we unofficially for reference purposes call Pixie Island. GPS N 46-08.5, W 82-14. See chart excerpt. It is located diagonally across from the eastern exit of Oak Bay. Tuck behind the island’s deep west end and anchor in six to 10 feet of water on its north side opposite the mainland. Shallow-draft boats can cautiously enter or exit this anchorage at Pixie Island’s east end.” Haughwout and Folsom cruise the North Channel aboard their 24-foot sloop Ensemble, which “draws 3 feet on her full keel with centerboard up, and loves a reach.” While it lacks the colour and the aerial photography of the PORTS guides, an aspect of this guide that I particularly like are the reference to native flora and fauna and the impressive amount of historical anecdote they have included, enriching the narrative on nearly every page. Whether you are a novice to cruising the North Channel or have “been there and done that” many times, reading this book in anticipation of your experience will bring many rewards when you get there.

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