The Pacific Northwest is known for its local produce and cheese, naturally raised meats and fresh fish. There is no better way to sample its bounty than at a farmers market. Thankfully, for boaters, many are within walking distance or a short taxi ride from marinas, which makes filling the fridge with local goodie... Details
A freshly caught salmon on the barbecue or a pot heavy with crab or prawns are what fulfills many Northwest boater’s dreams. Add to that discovering a beach full of clams, mussels or tasty oysters and the cruising life doesn’t get much better. Whether you favor Dungeness crab, fresh-caught salmon or lingcod, mu... Details
I recently purchased a Lunasea Portable LED Light Bar for my boat, and I love it. The back stateroom on the boat has always been dark as it only has two small overhead lights. This light bar lights up the whole room and then some. It comes with a metal pad that is screwed into the wall, and the light bar has stron... Details
For the Waggoner Store Mid-May Sale, we are offering a 15% OFF combo for the NEW The Little Alaskan Halibut Cookbook and The Little Alaskan Salmon Cookbook.
Discount only available in the Waggoner Store.
Promo code: little (Offer ends May 31, 2017)
Waggoner Store Mid-May Sale
In the NEW The Littl... Details
For several weeks now, the migration of cruising yachts headed north has been underway. Here at the Waggoner Cruising Guide Managing Editors Lorena and Leonard Landon left during the middle of last week with an intentional slow start through the San Juan Islands where they continue to test systems on the boat like ... Details
The summer sun is beating down on a deliriously lovely tongue of white sand, warming our bare feet. We walk the mile-long half-moon shaped beach; the turquoise waters roll ashore at a relaxing rhythm. It’s easy to imagine we are visiting an atoll somewhere in the South Pacific, but no. We are one mile north of th... Details
The belts that provide life support to your engine’s accessories, the alternator, auxiliary alternator, raw water pump, and circulator pump will typically provide reliable, trouble-free service, provided they are properly maintained and replaced on a regular schedule. Many boaters neglect this all too important s... Details
As we approached Petersburg, Alaska, with only a few miles remaining northbound on the Wrangell Narrows, we contacted the harbormaster’s office for the night’s moorage. After providing the harbormaster with our vessel’s length and shore power requirements, we were expecting a response with a slip assignment. ... Details
Have you ever looked at the Waggoner Cruising Guide cover and wondered, "Is there a story behind the boat?" We are happy to share the story of the quintessential setting of the sailboat in a secluded cove on the cover of the 2017 Waggoner Cruising Guide.
Waggoner Cruising Guide Cover Story - S/V Misty
She is the... Details
Suffering from a bad case of cabin fever, Arlene and I were in serious need of a spring boat trip, but the weather was predicted for more of the same – overcast sky, 20 to 25 kt. wind. So, with a few hours of break in the wind, we jumped aboard Easy Goin’ and set a course for West Sound Marina, Orcas Island –... Details
An Aspen C120 is about to embark on an epic journey. This 40' Proa Catamaran will cruise over 10,000 miles from Washington state to Annapolis, Maryland.
David and Sue Ellen Jenkins - the proud owners of the brand new Aspen C120 Knot Waffle... Details
This weekend is Opening Day! The Port of Anacortes celebrates on May 6, 2017, from 11 am to 2 pm
Here are some other Opening Day celebrations:
Seattle Yacht Club's Opening Day
San Juan Island Yacht Club Opening Day
Port Townsend Yacht Club Opening Day
Kingston Opening Day (May 13th)
Bellingham Y... Details
For the Waggoner Store May Sale, we are offering a combo of the Canadian Current Atlas and the 2017 Waggoner Tables for $32.00.
Discount only available in the Waggoner Store.
Promo code: current (Offer ends May 31, 2017)
The Waggoner Tables and Canadian Hydrographic’s Current Atlas help you to understand the ... Details
The only bad news about a Virgin Islands charter vacation is that at some point it ends. Because time seems to fly by so quickly, I always recommend a nine to ten-day charter (minimum) in the Caribbean. Why? It takes one to two days at the start of the trip to slow down and re-learn how to relax, island style. Som... Details
Cruising northwest in Orcas Island’s East Sound, the white Moran Mansion of Rosario Resort & Spa comes into view off in the distance and grows larger as you approach. The grand century-old mansion turned hotel resort was built as the private residence of Seattle shipbuilder and two-time Seattle mayor Robert M... Details
This summer, it will be easier for boaters to explore Tacoma's Point Defiance with the NEW Downtown to Defiance trolley route. Service on this route will run from June 2 through September 3, 2017. The hours have not be finalized, but most likely will be Friday thru Sunday from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm, every 30 minute... Details
Need a little color and flair in your life? What about a tour through history, or a chance to see birds up close? Maybe, you are like me and after a dreary winter need a serious jolt of some mind-blowing electricity? If so, plan to cruise to Bellingham, WA. On my recent trip to the Hotel Bellwether, I visited a fe... Details
In the spring we are all in a rush to get the boat in the water, and it's tempting to launch the boat or paint the bottom and get back to cruising again. But, to do so without a thorough hull inspection can be an invitation for trouble.
Begin your hull inspection by checking for obvious problems:
Fifteen winners have been chosen for the autographed Salmon, Desserts & Friends by LaDonna Gundersen.
All winners will receive an email from us shortly!
To see the list of winners click here!
Stay tuned for more sales and giveaways!... Details