A freshly caught salmon on the barbecue or a pot heavy with crab or prawns are what fulfills many Northwest boater’s dreams. Add to that discovering a beach full of clams, mussels or tasty oysters and the cruising life doesn’t get much better. Whether you favor Dungeness crab, fresh-caught salmon or lingcod, mu... Details
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On-The-Water Cruising Updates for 2017
(This list will be ongoing and added as reports come in. The most recent update will be at the top.)
Rosario Resort – Signage at New Docks (4/27/17)
As reported in R... Details
For several weeks now, the migration of cruising yachts headed north has been underway. Here at the Waggoner Cruising Guide Managing Editors Lorena and Leonard Landon left during the middle of last week with an intentional slow start through the San Juan Islands where they continue to test systems on the boat like ... Details
The summer sun is beating down on a deliriously lovely tongue of white sand, warming our bare feet. We walk the mile-long half-moon shaped beach; the turquoise waters roll ashore at a relaxing rhythm. It’s easy to imagine we are visiting an atoll somewhere in the South Pacific, but no. We are one mile north of th... Details
As we approached Petersburg, Alaska, with only a few miles remaining northbound on the Wrangell Narrows, we contacted the harbormaster’s office for the night’s moorage. After providing the harbormaster with our vessel’s length and shore power requirements, we were expecting a response with a slip assignment. ... Details
Suffering from a bad case of cabin fever, Arlene and I were in serious need of a spring boat trip, but the weather was predicted for more of the same – overcast sky, 20 to 25 kt. wind. So, with a few hours of break in the wind, we jumped aboard Easy Goin’ and set a course for West Sound Marina, Orcas Island –... Details
Cruising northwest in Orcas Island’s East Sound, the white Moran Mansion of Rosario Resort & Spa comes into view off in the distance and grows larger as you approach. The grand century-old mansion turned hotel resort was built as the private residence of Seattle shipbuilder and two-time Seattle mayor Robert M... Details
A floatplane flight can take you from Seattle or Renton directly to your boat in 3 to 4 hours.
It is painful to hear someone or a cruising couple say “We are going to hold off on a long trip this summer. We have too many obligations at home, or with family.” I have the same problems. As Editor and Publishe... Details
With the immense wealth of memorable and enjoyable cruising destinations within The San Juan Islands, it can be difficult to narrow down to which island to visit. But our decision was made easy when Arlene, suggested someplace peaceful and scenic, with hiking and plenty of wildlife. It still didn’t narrow our cho... Details
At the Waggoner Cruising Guide, we work to keep our boats in top condition because we can’t afford to have a breakdown while out on one of our flotillas or on summer research visits to marinas up and down the coast. We have come up with a preparing your boat for cruising checklist of how we maintain and equip o... Details
When reviewing the chart, James Island Marine State Park located southeast of Thatcher Pass in the San Juan Islands looks like a jigsaw puzzle piece pulled right off nearby Decatur Head. The hourglass-shaped, rustic and delightfully unimproved island has all the makings of a gorgeous marine park. During the summer ... Details
Several years ago we replaced our satellite phone and SPOT 3 Satellite GPS Tracker with a DeLorme inReach Explorer Two-Way Satellite Communicator with Built-in Navigation. The DeLorme inReach takes satellite tracking/messaging to the next level with two-way and full global coverage through the Iridium satellite sy... Details
Yes, you can download the 2017 Waggoner Cruising Guide PDF for FREE to a personal computer, iPad, Android Tablet or even to some chart plotters.
The PDF download is approximately 75 megabytes. Once downloaded, this PDF can be loaded onto almost any electronic device, including tablets, laptops, smartphones, and even... Details
There is nothing better than being out on the water. My boating routine kicks in and it's like a natural high washes over me. My understanding of the weather and the sounds of the boat become second nature. I'm dazzled by breathtaking sunrises and amazed by colorful sunsets. I thoroughly enjoy every bit of my time... Details
The aroma of brewing coffee filled the cabin as we enjoyed the morning sunlight on board our boat Easy Goin’ moored on a buoy in Eagle Harbor on the east side of Cypress Island. Although there are few anchorages on this island, it’s one of the last undeveloped spots to visit in the San Juans and home to Eagle ... Details
For many of us, there’s nothing more pleasurable than sitting at anchor in a secluded cove in southeast Alaska, or on the northern British Columbia coast. Many of us do just that every year, cruising for two to five months at a time. But what if you are new to diesel motors and/or extended cruising. How do you go... Details
December 25th is less than a week away, and many of us are on Christmas Countdown.
We have many items in our Waggoner Guide store that are perfect for the boaters like the
2017 Waggoner Cruising Guide, 2017 Waggoner Tables,
2017 Ports and Passes Tides & Currents, 2017 Current Atlas Tables, and our holiday s... Details
For many boaters, an enjoyable facet of cruising is the planning process. The holidays are over. It’s the middle of winter, and the thought of a summer cruise tends to brighten those gray and damp Pacific Northwest days.
Planning a successful summer cruise can not only brighten the winter months, but it also t... Details
In the San Juan Islands, holiday celebrations are a blend of small town sensibility harkening back to a simpler time with the creative energy of communities rich with tradition and talent. It’s an ideal time to leave the malls and crowds behind and jump on the boat and experience the holidays San Juan Island sty... Details
The off-season cruising months offer a respite with deserted anchorages and unoccupied marine park docks. There’s no jockeying required at the fuel dock, and wildlife is unencumbered by the usual steady stream of boats. It’s their domain now.
The keys to making the most of off-season cruising are:
Let t... Details