The first edition of the Waggoner Cruising Guide was published in the spring of 1994. The book wasn’t very thick, and it covered only Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, and the Canadian Gulf Islands. It lacked many photos and had only a few maps.
Serve the Reader
Although its coverage was limited initially, this book had one quality boaters seemed to recognize: it was written for them. The book contained factual, unbiased information about Pacific Northwest cruising and marine facilities, and it was easy to read and use.
The first Waggoner laid the groundwork for each succeeding annual edition. The book has grown in size and coverage area (now Olympia, Wash. to Ketchikan, AK), and it has added many new articles, tips and stories. Despite its growth, however, the Waggoner’s “serve the reader” philosophy remains unchanged. It shows on every page.
We Tell It Like It Is
The Waggoner “tells it like it is.” Although you’ll find display advertising throughout the book, our editorial is unpaid and represents our views and observations, and those of contributors we trust. If the facility or destination is a wonderful, must-see stop, you’ll know it. If it’s a spot without much appeal, that feeling comes though. No destination, product, or service is endorsed unless we’ve personally used and been satisfied with it.
The book tries to help the reader make informed decisions. We strive for clarity and ease of use on the water. If a pass is guarded by a rock, the description doesn’t say, “Watch out for the rock in the middle.” It says instead, “A rock, awash at zero tide, lies in the middle. Favor the south shore.”
The Waggoner mission is to provide essential boating information for Northwest waters, and to display it in an easy-to-use, entertaining format. We encourage all boaters, regardless of experience, to explore these beautiful Northwest waterways. With the right information, anyone with a boat and the piloting skills can do it.