Cruising the Virgin Islands, Part 1 – Preparing to Go

This winter it’s time to update one of most popular cruising guides in the Virgin Islands, Cruising the Virgin Islands. In mid-February, we are headed to the Virgin Islands and have chartered a MarineMax 382 with three cabins and lots of living and entertaining space. We will take a tour of the boat for you…

Waterfront Inn View from the Regatta Room

A Night Ashore: Waterfront Inn in Gig Harbor, WA

It’s late afternoon, and I’m chilling on the red brick porch connected to my room at the Waterfront Inn in Gig Harbor, Washington. Twenty feet away is the shoreline with boats and a few seals cruising through the water. There is also a shared over-the-water-deck with plenty of lounging chairs and a dock with kayaks and one sailboat.…


Preparing Your Diesel for Cruising

For many of us, there’s nothing more pleasurable than sitting at anchor in a secluded cove in southeast Alaska, or on the northern British Columbia coast. Many of us do just that every year, cruising for two to five months at a time. But what if you are new to diesel motors and/or extended cruising.…

Inside Passage at Sunset
Orca Whale

Weems & Plath and Waggoner Cruising Guide 2nd Photo Contest Finalists

We got some terrific entries in our photo contest. Below is our next round of photo contest finalists. More to come in January. If you missed the first round of photos, check them out here. Photo Contest Finalists Weems & Plath and the Waggoner Cruising Guide Photo Contest  Finalists   The Grand Prize and Category…


Happy Holidays from the Waggoner Cruising Guide


With the holidays upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those who have helped continue to make the Waggoner Cruising Guide a success.

We are truly grateful for your support and wish you safe seas and a joyous holiday season!

Sincerely, The Waggoner Cruising Guide Team

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Chevre Heaven at Silverwater Cafe

Heavenly Cuisine at the Silverwater Cafe

After seeing the menu in the Starlight Lounge at the Rose Theater, I put the Silverwater Cafe on my dining list for my next trip to Port Townsend, WA. The cafe has been a thriving Port Townsend restaurant for 27 years. In a small town, that means they are doing something right. The restaurant had humble…

Seattle Boat Show

Join us at the Seattle Boat Show January 27- February 4, 2017

It is time to start planning for the Seattle Boat Show. Why plan? Some programs like our Seattle Boat Show University classes will fill up, and you may want to take a class or two that is only offered on a particular day. It is also a good time to start a list of things…


The Waggoner Guide Team’s Santa Wish List

December 25th is less than a week away, and many of us are on Christmas Countdown. We have many items in our Waggoner Guide store that are perfect for the boaters like the 2017 Waggoner Cruising Guide, 2017 Waggoner Tables, 2017 Ports and Passes Tides & Currents, 2017 Current Atlas Tables, and our holiday specials.  As…


Poulsbo Maritime Museum – Boat Builders, Boats and Fishermen

On a fall trip to the town of Poulsbo, I stopped by the Poulsbo Maritime Museum. The museum opened a little over a year ago, and its exhibits focus on Poulsbo’s maritime history, fishing, boat building, the oyster industry, local characters, and of course, boats. They also have a maritime library that can be used on-site…


Begin Planning Next Summer’s Cruise Now

For many boaters, an enjoyable facet of cruising is the planning process. The holidays are over. It’s the middle of winter, and the thought of a summer cruise tends to brighten those gray and damp Pacific Northwest days. Planning a successful summer cruise can not only brighten the winter months, but it also takes the…