June 14 - Prince Rupert to Ketchikan
We were greeted with a sunny day, light winds and calm seas for our crossing of Dixon Entrance. For those who fear crossing Dixon Entrance, there are days where it is flat calm. Now I just have to worry about my return crossing to Prince Rupert next Wednesday.
The ride up Tong... Details
We are on our way to Ketchikan, Alaska for the annual Waggoner survey trip! We are doing things a little differently this time. We’ll be running up to Ketchikan quickly, then heading south slowly.
I have crew for this leg of the trip. My son, Garrett, flew up from San Jose and will be onboard until Ketchikan. Lar... Details
Leaving the dock for an extended voyage is always challenging. Groceries must be bought and stored, spare parts must be inventoried, and systems must be checked. Even though we do this every year, things don't always work according to plan.
Note: Some destination information at the end of this article.
My origina... Details
After the short run from Port McNeill to the Alert Bay Boat Harbour docks in the fog, it was up to the U’Mista Cultural Centre museum to photograph the collection of potlatch regalia confiscated by the government in the 1921, when the potlatch was outlawed. I was thrilled to be given permission to photograph the coll... Details
We are stuck in Juneau due to rain and low weather that has threatened our safe forward progress.
We will head to the airport in a few minutes to wait for a possible opening in the passes. If we are sitting for long I will post from there if I have a wi-fi signal.
Yesterday’s flight from Ketchikan was beautiful... Details
I left Echo Bay in brilliant sunshine. Pierre was working on the new building and gave a big wave as I headed out the harbor. Today in addition to two marina resorts, it was time to check out several anchorages. Laura Bay and Laura Cove were first on the list. Both beautiful, though I will always recommend anchoring in... Details
I just received word that the Gweduck has launched and I am headed to Skagit Airport to rendezvous. The weather looks wonderful today.
We had some early morning fog in Renton which delayed takeoff. Conditions here are Biz Pt were clear at sunrise and then a bank of fog rolled in and then out. It is now CAVU (Clear ... Details
We were planning for a 6:00am departure today. There is an occluded front stationary over the area and according to expert forecaster Lee Chesneau, many layers of clouds and overcast. It is clearing now at mid-day and we will be taking off this afternoon.
The Gweduck is a unique new airplane. Experimental, but it ha... Details
Did you ever wonder why they call it Otter Bay?
Searaven at Telegraph Harbour
Yesterday started in Bedwell Harbour at the Poets Cove Resort & Marina dock. The wind was howling and it looked like it could be challenging day.
Did you know a lot a lot of boats visit Poets Cove for Thanksgiving (US), Christma... Details
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Mark is the Editor and Publisher of the Waggoner Cruising Guide. He is also the the Publisher at Fine Edge with responsibility for all publishing, business affairs, and marketing as well as the co-author of Cruising the Virgin Islands.
Mark’s boating experience began a... Details
The best months of the year are ahead of us for cruising in the San Juan and Gulf Islands. We are all ready for a warm summer on the water. The marinas and resorts are also ready for this season and there are many changes to report that just might adjust your cruising plans.
In general the big news is—food, food... Details