Belts for a Boat

Belts and Suspenders – Don’t Neglect Your Engine’s Life Support System

The belts that provide life support to your engine’s accessories, the alternator, auxiliary alternator, raw water pump, and circulator pump will typically provide reliable, trouble-free service, provided they are properly maintained and replaced on a regular schedule. Many boaters neglect this all too important system.  A broken belt is always bad news because when it…

San Juan Islands sunset

San Juan Island All to Ourselves – James Island Marine State Park

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 the park is popular with…

Waggoner Guide News: Eagle Harbor’s Bainbridge Island City Park Dock CLOSED for 2017

Eagle Harbor Waterfront Park & City Dock is one of the most popular year-round destinations for boaters in Puget Sound. Bainbridge Island City Park Dock CLOSED for 2017 In 2017, the Bainbridge Island City Park Dock located on Eagle Harbor will be closed for renovations from May 1 through November 1. The adjacent launch ramp, mobile pump-out,…

Stuff Box Basics

Stuffing Box Basics – Seal the Deal Between the Bilge and Sea

Since the year 2000, most new boats have come equipped with shaft seals that require no packing, but inboard powered boats built before then have traditional stuffing boxes with packing. All stuffing boxes work on the same basic principle: Rings of special wax-impregnated flax packing are wrapped snugly around the prop shaft and stuffed into…

The Oyster & Thistle Restaurant & Pub in La Conner, WA – Regional, Scratch and Classic Fare

While touring La Conner Country Inn, I had the pleasure of meeting the owners of The Oyster & Thistle Restaurant & Pub – Thomas and Danielle Palmer. As we talked, I discovered the pair had been a dynamic restaurateur duo in the Skagit Valley for over twenty years. Some of the names of their previous restaurants…