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
Okay. Raise your hand if you take a silent pleasure watching the next couple work their way towards their slip and THEIR attempt at docking their boat. How many times do wish you had score cards to raise with a high or low score?
Then, you see that couple who makes a beautiful docking or departure from the dock with... Details
I love it when a product like Bunk Sox comes along that makes me say "why didn't I think of that?" My boat has a v-berth, and I have never found a way to keep the sheets straight. Traditional fitted sheets don't work and flat sheets tucked in become loose and wrinkled, and they usually bunch up on one side of the bed. ... Details
Automatic identification system, known more commonly as AIS, is quickly becoming commonplace on moderately sized recreational vessels. Prices have dropped substantially in recent years, and many VHF radios are now equipped with AIS receivers. Transmitting an AIS signal, however, is less common, even though it adds anot... Details
When we announced the Waggoner Cruise to Alaska a month ago we had modest hopes. We expected to lead one trip of about seven boats from Anacortes to Ketchikan.
Since then, we've had more than 50 boats express interest, ranging in size from 22- to 120-feet.
In order to manage this incredible demand, we are planning o... Details
Do you have plans for cruising to Alaska in the future?
Then block out March 21st through 23rd for the Cruising British Columbia & The Inside Passage to Southeast Alaska Seminar!
Instructors include Mark Bunzel, owner and publisher of the Waggoner Cruising Guide; Capt. Linda Lewis, a training skipper and exp... Details
My iPad is one of the most useful devices on the boat. The chart plotting apps are so useful, in fact, that I use it as a second plotter almost all the time. One of the challenges of this is keeping the iPad secure, especially aboard a small boat. My solution? The RAM (Round-a-Mount) Mount.
RAM Mounts has been in b... Details
You won’t want to take them off!
At last January’s Seattle Boat Show I noticed something new at the LFS booth: XTRATUF shoes. The word was “once you put them on, you will not want to take them off.”
The XTRATUF name is legendary for their legacy brown gum boots that have been a favorite with commercial f... Details
I just recently received my 2013 Waggoner Cruising Guide and I am enjoying it thoroughly! I’m a bit laid up at the moment after breaking an achilles tendon so I have LOTS of time to catch up on reading and updating my boating library. My 2010 Guide is a bit “dog-eared” after lots of studying... Details
My husband and I are avid cruisers who are just beginning our fifth season in beautiful British Columbia. Since we cruise for at least five months we have established the Port McNeil Fuel Dock as a place to recoup before heading around Cape Caution. The new docks and electrical upgrades completed l... Details
Thanks to John Wagner for forwarding this. There are some great tips!
U.S. Postal service sent out a message to all letter carriers to put a sheet of Bounce in their uniform pockets to keep yellow-jackets away. Use them all the time when playing baseball and soccer. I use it when I am working outside. It really ... Details
On page 173 of his book, Yacht Designs II, the legendary naval architect William Garden dropped in a sentence that has guided my boat owning experience for many years now. Bill was describing the rehabilitation of Merlin, the 1904 launch he used for commuting to Sidney from his island home off Canoe Cove. He described ... Details
Congratulations on the purchase, Mark.
Our trip this year went from June 28 until Aug 1 and we travelled from Gabriola Island to the top of the Broughtons, back down to Pender, then Gibsons, then Snug over to False Creek for the celebration of lights and then home.
Here are a few comments.
Overall the weather ... Details
My husband and I, who live on Puget Sound and own a 27-foot power boat, are huge fans of the Waggoner Cruising Guide. We were first introduced to it when we took a 2-week cruise with friends on their 60-foot pilothouse trawler from Port Angeles to Ketchikan. Since we spend a week cruising the San Juan islands... Details
Dear Bob & Mark,
Been out all summer concentrating on the SanJuans and Gulf Islands, and offer the following for your consideration:
1) Ladysmith Maritime docks continue their almost constant improvement, planning on floating washrooms IN the Marina this winter... the Town installed the new sewer line and pumping... Details
I have put together some thoughts from our summer trip per the attached report.
I enjoyed reading Bob’s reports on his blog. Nicely done.
Joan and I have been infrequent contributors over the years. We hope that you carry on the wonderful Waggoner which has become one of our mainstays during our many... Details
Just thought I’d drop you a note and tell you that my wife and I cruised the Pacific Northwest and we found your guide and excellent source of information. We plan on cruising the PNW and South Alaska in 2008. Keep up the good work.
San Diego, CA... Details
We’ve just learned that a recent Seven Seas Cruising Association bulletin contains a write-up by John Forbes and Shirlee Smith of their trip from B.C. to Alaska. Of all the books they mentioned they had on board, their favorite was the Waggoner—“a must have for cruising Puget Sound and B.C.”
It makes us ver... Details
Dear Mr. Hale:
A family member gave us the 2006 Waggoner Cruising Guide last year before we left Puget Sound for Juneau, Alaska. We had several reputable cruising guides aboard, but by the time we reached Prince Rupert we had discovered that the Waggoner Guide gave us the best, most reliable information, and we mis... Details