How well do you know your diesel engine? Do you know what the different arrows are pointing at in the pictures below? Have you ever air-locked your engine? Are you nervous about changing the fuel filter on your engine for the first time? Can you change your own oil and filters? Do you want to know how to test your alte... Details
March 19th | Port Townsend
Tucker Thompson, the official host of the 35th America's Cup (AC35) in Bermuda, will be presenting at Port Townsend’s Northwest Maritime Center/Wooden Boat Foundation on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 6:15pm as part of his America's Cup multimedia tour. Tucker’s program includes an overv... Details
The Garden Bay Hotel, Marina & Pub, in Pender Harbour, recently shut down. Repeated phone calls have gone unanswered and the future of the property is uncertain. We will update this page with more information as it becomes available.
Beginning in 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has new procedures in place for for Canadian vessels visiting the United States. Canadian vessels are no longer required to purchase a U.S. Customs user fee decal. Instead, they must purchase a cruising license. Cruising licenses are valid for one year.
By Shawn and Corinne Severn
Photos by Brian Pemberton
Over the 30 years we have been cruising in the Pacific Northwest, many of our special memories come from our winter cruises. They include waking up in Port Madison with a dusting of snow covering the boat, watching the mist roll out of Port Ludlow, and the mos... Details
For years, our readers have been asking us to give them the choice of the traditional or spiral bound Waggoner Cruising Guide. Why? The spiral bound book lays flat and makes for easier use at the helm or chart table. Some stores like the Wooden Boat Chandlery in Port Townsend only sell spiral bound Waggon... Details
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Our good friends at Captain's Nautical Supplies have relocated the business to 1120 NW Ballard Way in Seattle. The store located in a historic building fits the 119-year-old heritage of Cap... Details
You've been in a beautiful bay for a few days, and it's time to move on. You push the starter button, and it only groans and clicks. Now, what? It might very well be on the top of the list of fears of boaters. Mind you, this is probably not on the level of sinking or losing steering. But, many of us always have that ... Details
Many of us dream about our next boat. Dave and Eddylee Scott have been dreaming and fulfilling dreams for other boaters for years. They have spent the last 30 years cruising to Northern B.C., SE Alaska, and Vancouver Island in a custom Delta 37, a 42’ Grand Banks, an American Tug 34 and an American Tug 41. Fift... Details
We had just finished a photo shoot on the water near Guemes Island for the new SeaSport Commander 2800. The boat looked great running by at 30+ knots. My fingers were still stiff from the cold encountered while shooting from the flybridge in the January air. We brought both boats back to the Cap Sante Marina to set u... Details
One of the joys of being part of the Waggoner Cruising Guide team is exploring coastal communities. This weekend I day tripped to Langley, Washington and stopped by The Clyde Theatre.
The theatre, built by Norman and Hazel Clyde in 1937, is easy to find. From the docks at South Whidbey Harbor follo... Details
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We love cruising in the San Juan Islands, and one of those reasons is all the great places to eat.
The Bluff Restaurant at Friday Harbor House has an outside terrace and a dining room with panoramic views of Friday Harbor. They serve No... Details
I’m a lover of wines and living in Washington State, which is the 2nd largest wine producer in the U.S., makes it easy to appreciate all the varietals. Last weekend, I cruised to La Conner for the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and stumbled upon Silver Bell Winery in Gilkey Square.
On previous trips, I’d w... Details
Sunset at Bowman Bay are breathtaking.
Bowman Bay on Fidalgo Island
We all need to stretch out our sea legs and Bowman Bay at Deception Pass State Park on Fidalgo Island is a perfect spot. The waters are often calm, which means it is great for year-round beach walking and kayaking, and it has easy hikes with... Details
Are you tying up at the docks in Coupeville, Washington and not sure where to dine? This quaint historic town on Penn Cove is full of great dining choices that range from fine dining to pub fare. Front Street Grill is steps away from the end of the Coupeville Wharf and serves up a classic American Grill menu l... Details
Marketing departments love legend. What better way to instill a sense of value in a product than a story of an inspired young person studying naval architecture in the evenings while apprenticing with a master shipwright during the work days? Of course, after 15, 20, or 30 years of perfecting his or her knowledge and c... Details
I'm a weather geek. Rather than reality TV, I look up the weather and imagine what is going on in some of my favorite areas like the Strait of Georgia, Cape Caution or Dixon Entrance. I love to look at NOAA’s Ocean Prediction Center - Pacific Region for the Current, 24 hour, 48 hour, and 96 hour forecast charts.... Details
This is part three of a three article series on understanding marine weather reports for a safe and comfortable cruising. Part 1 covered how to understand weather reports delivered via VHF radio and telephone. Part Two covered how to interpret the weather information available online. Part 3 covers how to understand t... Details
Remember that wind storm at the end of August? Steve Purcell, one of my neighbors at the marina, thought it would be a great opportunity to sail up Rosario Strait, from Watmough Bay on Lopez Island to Sucia Island. With winds gusting over 50 knots, he had quite a ride.
Here's the video...
August 29 2015 Winds... Details
At the Waggoner Cruising Guide, we’ve been debating the future of paper charts for the last several years. Founder Robert Hale believes that paper charts are still critical. In the past he felt chart plotter screens were too small and the cartography seemed cartoonish. Bob now supplements his paper charts with a ... Details