New U.S. Customs Procedures for Canadian Boats

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. Here is the press release from U.S.…

Captain’s Nautical Supplies Relocates to Historic Ballard Location

  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 Captain’s Nautical Supplies―the go-to map and book dealer for Pacific Northwest mariners. Jim Wheat, the new owner (for about the last 14 months), uses…

The Bluff Restaurant-Dining with Panoramic Friday Harbor Views

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 Northwest inspired cuisine and have an extensive selection of Washington wines and beers, as well as, classic cocktails. The…

Waggoner Cruising Guide

Front Street Grill – Steps Away From the Coupeville Wharf

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 like chowder, salads,…

Inside Passage Weather Part 3: Developing the Long Term Outlook

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 the 4-6 day weather outlook…