Cruisers College – Marine Communications, Oct. 15

Cruisers College Marine Communications, Oct. 15 with Terry Sparks October 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $45 Register here. Marine communications are more than just talking on your Marine VHF radio. There are methods for long range marine communications and short range marine communications. This course will also discuss Internet and weather communications methods. Most importantly…

Single Side Band Radio

Cruisers College – Single Side Band Radios: ICOM M802 Operation, Oct. 15

 Cruisers College Single Side Band Radios: ICOM M802 Operation, Oct. 15 with Terry Sparks October 15, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $45 Register here. High-Frequency Single Side band (HF SSB) is an excellent tool for anyone heading out of the United States or especially for off shore cruising. With HF SSB you can make long range…


Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway – Art, History and Good Eats

As we traversed Commencement Bay, headed for Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway, I kept thinking about when I was a young boy, and our family took Sunday drives to Tacoma to visit relatives. As we approached the tide flats, the car would fill with a stench. The challenge was to hold your breath long enough to…

Solar Power

Cruisers College – Solar Power & Refrigeration, Oct. 14

Cruisers College Solar Power & Refrigeration with Woody Wentworth October 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $45 Register here. Cruiser College offers this combination course taught by an experienced offshore cruiser and local refrigeration/HVAC specialist, Woody Wentworth. We all love our creature comforts and nothing transforms a boat from a ‘weekend camper’ to an extended ‘comfy…


Cruisers College – Understanding Northwest Weather, Oct. 14

Cruisers College Understanding Northwest Weather with Mark Bunzel October 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. $45 Register here. Understanding Northwest Weather is one of the biggest challenges when cruising in this area. It can make the difference between a good trip, or a trip where the crew is not sure they ever want to boat again!…


Cruiser’s College Seminars in October and November

Have you seen our lineup of upcoming Cruisers College seminars in October and November? Cruisers College Seminars October 2017 10/14 Understanding Northwest Weather from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $45 See details and register HERE. 10/14 Solar Energy & Marine Refrigeration from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $45 See details and register HERE. 10/15 Outboard Motor Service, Repair, and…


WWII Ruins on Yorke Island in Johnstone Strait

The reef just off Yorke Island in Johnstone Strait. Departing Lagoon Cove we motored through ‘The Blow Hole’ between E. Cracroft and Minstrel Islands into Chatham and Havannah Channels reaching Johnstone Strait.  Not surprising, Johnstone Strait was choppy but improved as we proceeded eastward. Seeing that the seas had become settled, we took the opportunity to…

Main Gun Emplacement at the top of Yorke Island.
The Longhouse at Totem Bight State Park.

Waggoner Guide Flotilla 2017 Wrap-up

 Waggoner Guide Flotilla 2017 Wrap-up We came together as strangers and departed Ketchikan as good friends. I continued north to leave my boat in Wrangell and five boats decided to tag along. We stopped for a night in Meyers Chuck in very pleasant weather and then on to Wrangell. Some continued working their way up…


Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 20 – Ketchikan

 Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 19 Ketchikan Day 20 – Friday This was the last official day of the flotilla trip. We organized a bus trip up to Totem Bight State Historical Park to see the totem and clanhouse. The bus is the most economical way to get there. The price went up this year. The…

Creek Street in Ketchikan, Alaska
Crossing Dixon Entrance to Ketchikan, Alaska.

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 19 – Crossing Dixon Entrance to Ketchikan

 Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 19 Crossing Dixon Entrance to Ketchikan Day 19 – Thursday While everyone groaned about the 5 a.m. departure, I told them they would benefit from better weather conditions when crossing Dixon Entrance. The day before, I also told them the weather would be better for a crossing on Thursday rather than Wednesday. One of our boats,…


Waggoner Store Back to School Sale

For the Waggoner Store Back to School Sale, we are offering 30% OFF all children’s books while in stock.   Discount only available in the Waggoner Store. Promo code: backtoschool (Offer ends September 30 or while supplies last) Waggoner Store Back to School Sale   For September the Waggoner Store is having a Back to…

Back to School Sale