When cruising north of the border, we enjoy anchoring Easy Goin’ in one of the many secluded coves, miles from the nearest dock. To do that, Arlene and I have learned the art of extended provisioning so we can enjoy well planned and nourishing meals while exploring the Inside Passage.
Keys to Extended Provisioni... Details
This winter, a new bar opened up in Anacortes ― Union Tavern Local 902. In their historic downtown location, they have 18 beers on tap, a tasty menu and an inviting classic atmosphere which includes a bar, plenty of tables (some are perfect for large groups), window seating, a couch area, TVs for sports fans and ... Details
Several years ago, my dad forwarded an email of a story about two friends. They had known each other for years, but never found enough time to get together, re-bond and enjoy one another’s company. One friend decided to change that and called his friend to say he’d be visiting and giving him the gift of time.
You may have noticed a change on the home page of our Waggoner Cruising Guide eNews website at WaggonerGuide.com. We are pleased to announce we now have our new online store where you can find all of the most relevant cruising guides and books for cruising the northwest and the Inside Passage up to Alaska. We als... Details
Most tenders are subjected to pretty tough conditions
Most inflatable boats and (Rigid Hull Inflatables) RIBs are used as tenders and are subjected to some pretty tough conditions, but if maintained properly, they should provide 10 to 20 years of service. A little springtime preventive maintenance will help ex... Details
Anacortes has a new restaurant―The Cabana―which is next to Anthony’s at Cap Sante. The Cabana offers a casual and family-friendly dining atmosphere. Guests seat themselves in the open dining area, and a server comes to your table to take your order. Patrons of age also have the option to sit at the bar, but ot... Details
The Reserve is a place that offers the visitor a variety of experiences in nature; it is a place where one is reminded of the fundamental bond between man and nature; it is a place to enjoy. ―Prentice Bloedel, Bloedel Reserve Founder
Bloedel Reserve, on Bainbridge Island, is a place of tranquility. Trails meander ... Details
PassageMaker’s TrawlerFest returns to Anacortes, WA, May 17-21 with a boat show that offers seminars, exhibits, social events, and over 60 boats in the water.
The show, May 17-21 at Cap Sante Marina, is aimed at recreational boaters who cruise or want to cruise for long periods or live aboard their vessels. Fo... Details
For tequila drinkers, I suggest the Mariposa.
We enjoy eating out and often search for prix fixe dining options, as it means more money in our pockets for boating.
At 5th Street Bistro, in the Majestic Inn & Spa in Anacortes, they have an early evening trio, which is a 3-course meal for $25, served duri... Details
I am not a regular angler, and will admit I started leaving a window open on my chartplotter displaying the fishfinder screen as I cruise the Inside Passage. Why? I want to see what is going on below me, and yes, I occasionally jig in a school of salmon shown on the depthfinder.
I thought I understood my depthfi... Details
I walked by the Ranger Tug 23 several times at the Seattle Boat Show. To be honest, I had low expectations. It was new, small and I did not even bother to go aboard at the show. When the email came through inviting me for a sea trial, my curiosity was piqued. The end result―a pleasant surprise―the Ranger Tug ... Details
In the Pacific Northwest, there are plenty of cruising thrills to be had with open water crossings, navigating rapids and whale sightings. There is also another kind of thrill, one that zips through the trees and flies over land, an adventure that can only be experienced at Zip San Juan.
Last fall, I found myse... Details
In the spring rush to get the boat ready, it’s tempting to just paint the bottom and get back to cruising again. But to do so without a thorough inspection can be an invitation for future trouble.
The extra hours that it takes to methodically inspect vital systems and to make repairs where necessary will save ... Details
This weekend the forecast is sunny and bright and best of all there are two popular events in our home port―the Anacortes Spring Boat Show and Anacortes Spring Wine Festival.
The Anacortes Spring Boat Show―April 8, 9, and 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Is your summer dream to cruise Pacific Northwest waters in your... Details
Soon after we began boating in the Pacific Northwest we started hearing stories of warm waters and beautiful scenery in Desolation Sound. After hearing these tales , we wanted (needed) to explore Desolation Sound. I had previously taken a trip on a friend’s boat to Princess Louisa Inlet. Malibu Rapids, the fjord,... Details
My first reaction is―don’t confuse the Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano with the legacy Camano 31. They may look alike, but the new version is significantly improved while at the same time maintaining the famous Keelform hull that made the Camano 31 such a well-regarded cruising boat.
So many improve... Details
When cruising in Canada, we often see the boats of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue at marinas up and down the BC Coast. Once in a while, we see them out on the water training or a rescue mission. They are well-equipped and well-trained.
Royal ... Details
Gwaii Haanas Briefings in Vancouver and Port Sidney/Victoria
Planning to visit Haida Gwaii this year? There will be two local B.C. briefings this spring. On Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m., there will be a briefing at the West Vancouver Memorial Library in West Vancouver. On Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m., there will be a ... Details
At Double Bluff Brewing Company you’ll always find five beers on tap, plus one to two seasonal or experimental beers. And, warm spent beer grain pretzels with an array of dipping cheeses. In Langley, Washington―a town of a little over a thousand people on Whidbey Island―this brewery is a must-stop for craft beer ... Details