[caption id="attachment_6558" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] NW Explorations flotilla heading through the rapids[/caption]
Our good friends at NW Explorations offer flotilla cruises with their beautiful charter fleet of Grand Banks and DeFever yachts. This summer, the fleet will cruise from Bellingham to Prince W... 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.
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August 29 2015 Winds... Details
In 2013 we added Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, to the Waggoner Cruising Guide. Publisher Mark Bunzel had visited Haida Gwaii and raved about the experience. When I talked with boaters who’d visited, most raved about it, too. I knew I needed to go, but when? Finally, this summer, I made i... Details
Pender Harbour, July 6. For the first time in more than 20 years we didn’t get to the Broughtons. Day after day, the winds in Johnstone Strait began at 20 knots northwest, building to 35 knots by evening. Conditions would have changed if we waited long enough, but we need to be back in Roche Harbor by July 20. We cou... Details
Earlier in the year we reported that poultry and eggs were not allowed from Canada into the US. In mid-June this restriction was eased. Now, poultry and eggs from any province other than Ontario are permitted into the US. To avoid hassles, be sure a country and province of origin is printed on the packaging of poultry ... Details
Reid Harbor, San Juan Islands, July 18 Earlier reports have tended to follow the calendar in what I call a “First we went here and then we went there and gee wasn’t it fun” storyline. The calendar approach certainly has its place. I recently finished Mark Twain’s Innocents Abroad, Vols. I & II, in which Twa... Details
Cortes Bay, Desolation Sound, June 28. For the past three nights we’ve been stuck at the dock in Cortes Bay, waiting for gale force winds to subside in Johnstone Strait. “Stuck at the dock” misstates our situation. We’re at Seattle Yacht Club’s wonderful Cortes Bay outstation, with excellent docks, water and ... Details
Some Poultry Now Allowed Into US
Earlier in the year we reported that poultry and eggs were not allowed from Canada into the US. In mid-June this restriction was eased. Now, poultry and eggs from any province other than Ontario are permitted into the US. To avoid hassles, be sure a country and province of origin is... Details
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Over the last several weeks I led a group of five boats north from Anacortes to Ketchikan. Throughout the trip – and despite having travelled the same route several times before – I was awed by the Inside Passage. I was awed by the scenery and wildlife, of course, but ... Details
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The weather in the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia and along the Inside Passage has been spectacular for boating during May and June. While this may not be good news for future water supplies and forest fires, the marinas and resorts in the San Juan Islands are already... Details
Before beginning, Hello, Pam. Pam is that really nice lady at the Y. She is interested in our boat travels, and asked several times if I would be contributing cruise reports this year.
Pender Harbour, B.C., June 23. We’re finishing our second full day at the Seattle Yacht Club outstation in Garden Bay, at the back... Details
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has teamed up with Wanderlust Camps to offer a new style of luxury camping at Moran State Park on Orcas Island. It’s called “glamping” – a style of camping that’s been gaining popularity in recent years. Overnighters visiting the beautiful park on Orcas Isl... Details
Many Washington State Park docks are removed in winter to prevent storm damage. Those docks have now been reinstalled and will be in place throughout the summer boating season. However, the dock at Doe Island, which was damaged in a storm several years ago, has not yet been replaced.... Details
The caretakers at the resort in Quait Bay, near Tofino, BC, advise that cruising visitors to the bay are no longer permitted to walk on the resort property. While visitors were allowed in the past, the resort owner has asked that the practice stop as a result of liability concerns.... Details
The Northern Boundary Islands – Matia, Sucia and Patos – are my favorites in the San Juans. Their sandstone geology – sculpted by wind and water – is different from the rest of the San Juans. Their many trails provide excellent hiking. And their location, north of Orcas Island, makes them feel more remote tha... Details
Lagoon Cove Marina in the Broughton Archipelago will have new managers for the 2015 summer season. Pat and Bob retired and have been replaced by Heidi and Lyle. Over the winter, they’ve been busy upgrading docks and adding a new south dock. Owner Jean Barber said Lagoon Cove will be open for business as usual this su... Details
Every year Pierre Landry adds more to his marina resort at Echo Bay in the Broughton Archipelago. New buildings, cabins and trails have all been part of past winter projects. This year, watch for a new dock area, a new landscaped fire pit area, and a hot tub! Yes, a wood-clad, aluminum hot tub, with salt water heated b... Details
For January and February, Sam Landsman, the Waggoner’s Managing Editor, and I take our boats down to Seattle’s Elliott Bay Marina, one of the best managed marinas in the Northwest. The marina is especially convenient while we are exhibiting and giving seminars at the Seattle Boat Show. Why rent a hotel room... Details
New cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in the states of California and Idaho. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is implementing measures to protect Canada’s poultry resources from an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza reported in poultry in the states of California, Idaho, Oregon and... Details
Preparing to leave the dock for an extended cruise is always challenging. Loading provisions and spare parts, last minute boat chores, and closing out shore side obligations always add to the stress of departure.
Here at the Waggoner Guide, we start early with maintenance and extended sea trials. For me it was a retur... Details