Daffodil Parade in Tacoma

Join the Festivities at the Daffodil Marine Festival and Parade in Tacoma

Daffodil Marine Festival and Parade Spring is here! And, with spring comes daffodils and the Daffodil Marine Festival and Parade, which is hosted and put on by the Tacoma Yacht Club. This annual event started in 1952 and 65 years later it is still going strong. This very popular event fills up the basin with over…


Cruising the Virgin Islands, Part 3: Time to Relax and Cruise the BVI

The British Virgin Islands – Getting There After planning for months, it was finally time to fly to the Virgin Islands, get to the boat, board, provision, get underway and unwind. Oh yesssss. For our crew, the big challenge was the transition from our busy lives to settling in for a relaxing British Virgin Islands vacation.…

Mark Bunzel at The Baths.
2017 Waggoner Cruising Guide

Waggoner Cruising Guide and Waggoner Tables Errors

Is Your Waggoner Guide Missing Pages? Please take a look. We recently discovered that some of the 2017 Waggoner Cruising Guides have 16 pages missing or mis-collated. This happened when some of the books went through the bindery operation at the printer. Please check that you have the correct pages in your book by fanning…


Waggoner Highlight: Roche Harbor Market

Roche Harbor is a popular destination on San Juan Island and one of the busiest U.S. Customs ports of entry. Roche Harbor Resort provides lodging, spa services, dining options, and for those that are cooking aboard a well-stocked market. The Company Store, which we often refer to as the Roche Harbor Market, has been serving the…

The Company Store at Roche Harbor Resort
Preparing Your Boat for Cruising Checklist_Blog

Preparing Your Boat for Cruising Checklist

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…


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…

San Juan Islands sunset
Tranquility A Memoir of an American Sailor

Book Review: Tranquility: A Memoir of an American Sailor By Billy Sparrow

   How many of us have dreamt and fantasized about buying an old wooden sailboat, fixing it up, and taking off on a real adventure? On your journey, you’d let the wind take you to new destinations, visit small towns, meet interesting characters and maybe even find love. Billy Sparrow’s Tranquility: A Memoir of an American…


MarineMax Vacations and the Aquila 44

Imagine being able to create the next generation bareboat charter company using the best minds in the business. Imagine being able to have the financial resources to design and build the optimum line of boats for bareboat and crewed charters. The result is MarineMax Vacations – a next generation charter company in the British Virgin…

Marine Max 443

Cruising the Virgin Islands: Part 2 – Pre-Trip Phone Call

In the weeks leading up to your trip, the excitement grows. For us, the weather around Seattle and Anacortes cooperated. It was cold and we even had snow! Perfect weather to inspire the packing of bathing suits, shorts, and t-shirts. In Cruising to the Virgin Islands, Part 2, it’s important to square away the details…