Cruising the Inside Passage to Alaska Seminar

March 3-5, 2017

8:30am – 4:00pm at Anacortes Yacht Club

Tuition: $225 per person or 2 for $395

Instructor: Mark Bunzel

To register call us at the Waggoner Cruising Guide (425) 780-5015

This three-day seminar covers all the information you need to cruise to Southeast Alaska, including exploring Northern British Columbia, Haida Gwaii, and the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Topics include routes to and from Southeast Alaska, customs clearances, weather and tidal challenges, favorite destinations, permit processes for protected areas, getting parts and crew delivered to remote areas, and much more.


More on Mark Bunzel

Mark is an experienced boater having cruised extensively in the Pacific Northwest, the Inside Passage and throughout Alaska on assignment while writing and photographing beautiful locations for magazines and to update the books he edits and publishes. In addition, he has chartered cruised the Chesapeake and the Intracoastal Waterway, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico, the Canal du Midi, Greece, Honduras, and he lead the first American charter crew to sail the coast of Vietnam. He is the principal owner of Fine Edge Nautical Publishing and the co-Author of Cruising the Virgin Islands, the most popular cruising guide for the Virgin Islands. He is now the Editor and Publisher of the Waggoner Cruising Guide and is responsible for the annual research for all of the marinas and anchorages between Olympia and Ketchikan, Alaska. Mark’s articles and photography have appeared in magazines including PassageMaker, Northwest Yachting, Canadian Yachting, Dockside, Latitudes and Attitudes, Power Cruising, Soundings and Pacific Yachting. Mark holds a U.S. Coast Guard Masters rating in Power and Sail. He is on the board of the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend and is a former member of the Board of Trustees for the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA), the presenters of the Seattle Boat Show. Mark is the former chair of the Seattle Boat Show Committee for the NMTA and he is the founder of Seattle Boat Show University.



Cruising Desolation Sound and The Broughtons Seminar

April 22-23, 2017

8:30am – 4:00pm at Northwest Career and Technical Academy (Mount Vernon Campus)

Tuition: $150 per person or 2 for $250

Instructors: Michael Beemer and Lynette Brower

To register call us at the Waggoner Cruising Guide (425) 780-5015

Learn about clearing Canadian Customs, navigating through the Gulf Islands, selecting a weather widow to cross the Strait of Georgia, where to go in Desolation Sound, how to anchor and stern tie, and much more.  The seminar will include information on cruising to Princess Louisa Inlet and transiting Malibu Rapids and the Upper and Lower Rapids in Okisollo Channel.  We will provide you with round-trip planning to help maximize your time on the water.


More on Michael Beemer

Michael is a Marine Technology instructor at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy in Anacortes, WA. He has been instrumental in developing the marine programs for the Academy that bridge both the high school/college programs with the industry needs. In the cruising community, Michael is well known as “The Boat Doctor” who can diagnose and fix almost anything on a vessel. He teaches for Skagit Valley College in the marine systems program, including ABYC certification courses. Mike grew up as the son of a master mechanic. This experience included learning all things mechanical including motorcycles, automobiles, and boats. He has operated his own successful boat repair businesses and has moved into the marine systems consulting field. Michael has presented programs such as Keeping Your Diesel Alive and maintenance courses covering water-making systems, gensets, steering and control systems, marine electrical systems, boat freshwater and gray water plumbing, and freshwater pump systems. Mike’s specialty is the new technology systems now coming on-line for boats in power generation, water systems and propulsion.



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