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Weems & Plath and Waggoner Cruising Guide Photo Contest Winners

Weems & Plath and the Waggoner Cruising Guide Photo Contest  Winners Join us today (Jan. 28) at 5:30 at the Waggoner Guide booth at the Seattle Boat Show for the announcement of the Weems & Plath and the Waggoner Cruising Guide Photo Contest Winners. All finalists are in the 2017 Waggoner Cruising Guide on page 30…

Photo Contest Finalists
Whitey's BBQ Sampler Platter

Whitey’s BBQ in La Conner, WA – A BBQ Lover’s Dream

  When Pit Master and owner of Whitey’s BBQ told me, “It’s just the way I love to cook,” I knew I was in store for some darn good BBQ. A mechanic by trade, Tim Mallory followed his BBQ dream ten years ago and started a BBQ catering company. In October 2016, Tim and his…


Make it a Museum Day in La Conner, WA

For such a small town, La Conner has a wealth of art and museums. Museum of Northwest Art Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum (Formerly La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum) Skagit County Historical Museum The Norwester Museum Tour And, all of them are less than a 15-minute walk from La Conner Marina, which makes…

Make it Museum Day

Dripless Shaft Seals – May be Dripless, But Not Maintenance Free

Advocates of dripless shaft seals are quick to point out their benefits over conventional stuffing boxes – no leaks, no flax to replace, no shaft scoring. But, the zinger is always the same. While it’s true dripless shaft seals require less care than a traditional packing gland, nothing on a boat is truly maintenance free.…


Stay in Reach with DeLorme inReach

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 system. I’ll spare you all the details and the many options…

DeLorme InReach

A Night Ashore: La Conner Channel Lodge and La Conner Country Inn

From my private balcony at the La Conner Channel Lodge, I take in the pastel painted sunset as it dances across the Swinomish Channel. To my right, are glimpses of the south basin guest moorage docks at La Conner Marina. Even on a chilly winter day, boats are docked at the marina which is only a…


2017 Waggoner Cruising Guide Available for Free!

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 a few new chart plotters.…

2017 Waggoner Cruising Guide
Sidney Spit

The Boating Lifestyle

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…