Finding a secluded cove and dropping the hook is hard to beat—and a key part of the experience for many boaters. Seasoned cruiser Eric Sanford had a great long weekend cruising Washington’s San Juan Islands aboard his 43-foot Ocean Alexander, sharing laughs and time with friends. The sea rocked the crew to sleep and there’s not a care in the world. Until they woke with a thump. Read on to see what happens next.
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