Have you been to the Doe Bay Resort and Retreat on Orcas Island? It’s located on the eastern shore, off Rosario Strait, about mid-way up the Orcas Island shoreline before Lawrence Pt. With just two mooring balls and room to anchor, it’s not a fancy marina, but really an open roadstead with a good mud bottom. Take ... Details
Weather defines much of our cruising. When it’s windy, we’re reluctant to venture through the “gates” that divide cruising areas. The direction and strength of winds impacts where we anchor and how much scope we use. For sailors, winds can make the difference between a slog under power and a thrilling sleigh ... Details
We love tablets. Our tablets are in constant use on the boat. Chartplotting apps, equipment manuals, movies, music, and more are readily accessible on a tablet. Now, several apps are available that provide a view of ships transmitting AIS signal all over the world. One of the newest and most unique is Boat Beacon.
Much of our cruising is done in remote areas, with few grocery stores and fewer restaurants. When we arrive at a marina, we're often ready for a good meal out, and Dent Island Lodge is one of our favorite splurges while cruising. The facilities are first class, the food is excellent, and the service is impeccable. And ... Details
An Indulgence, or Just Good Down-Home Southern Cooking?
Addie Mae’s Southern Kitchen in Port Townsend
For many of us, a new restaurant can influence the choice of the next overnight cruising stop. Headed to Port Townsend? Try overnighting at the Point Hudson Marina. Take a two-block walk down Water Street to a re... Details
The following is a copy of the email I sent to the Farmed and Dangerous organization (farmedanddangerous.org, very informative). In the grand scheme of things my little pet peeve is meaningless, I know. But please give it just a little bit of thought.
P.S. I love the Waggoner! ... Details
You have to feel sympathy for Terrance Clark. Despite trying to do the right thing, he dug himslf into a deeper and deeper hole. All because he didn't follow the first rule of clearing customs: No one except the vessel's master is to leave the boat (or even lounge on the dock) until customs is cleared.
The San Juan ... Details
We are pleased and privileged to receive each year cruise reports from people who use the Waggoner. Where appropriate, their information is incorporated into the book for all to use. Often, these reports come from people we’ve never met, but who willingly share their experiences with other cruisers. When we get a ran... Details
First, let us extend a huge Thank You for such a comprehensive cruising guide. In preparation for our trip this summer, the Waggoner was at the top of our reading list.
We just completed a 7-week trip from Olympia, Washington to Skagway, Alaska in our 22-foot aluminum boat, covering 3700 miles in total. I wanted t... Details
This item appeared while I was emptying some old file folders. I don’t know when it came in and as far as I can recall I’ve never met the author. If you know nothing about boats it will seem as reasonable as most of the talk heard around the clubhouse, or the strained saltiness found in some national boating magazi... Details
On a windy morning in Canada’s northern Gulf Islands my wife and I heard a Mayday call from a 50-foot boat taking on water in the Strait of Georgia, about 10 miles north of our location. They reported a family of four and a dog aboard. We were glued to the radio as the Coast Guard rushed to their aid. Within minutes ... Details
Once past the major population centers, cruisers are on their own. Or are they? Over the years we’ve heard many stories of problems that were dealt with when the whole coast came together to help when help was needed. This does not relieve boaters from being prepared, but even well-prepared boats can’t have everyth... Details
We just completed our 5th annual cruise north from Seattle in our sailboat, using Waggoner’s of course. I thought I'd pass on some things we learned/experienced this year for your consideration.
We anchored at the state park in Sequim during the second week of August on a Saturday night—it was cloud... Details
This happened at Montague Harbour.
We had launched our skiff after successfully completing a “Team Building & Communications Exercise” (read successfully hooking a mooring buoy on the first pass) on a beautiful sunny afternoon when our daughter Molly’s Significant Other (S.O.) shouted, “That guy just fel... Details
Thank you for the great job you have done creating the Waggoner Cruising Guide. In 2008 I was given a copy as a boat warming gift for my purchase of a Miller 28 sailboat in Bellingham. With that, and an old Hobie Cat stripped of its sailing gear in tow with a rowing shell and sea kayak, I headed out to explore the B.C.... Details
Jennifer and James Hamilton, authors of our sister publication Cruising the Secret Coast, replaced their 40-foot Bayliner with a very carefully thought out 52-foot Nordhavn, and took the new boat to Alaska. Their blog, noted below, is an inspiration. Read, view and enjoy.
Well—we survived our trip. ... Details
The Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) sent an alert that on extremely short notice, the Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans would be in B.C., holding hearings on a proposal to de-staff coastal lighthouses. This proposal was considered in 2009, but postponed after loud protests. Now it’s back again. Although I cannot... Details