San Juan Islands 2017 Updates

San Juan Islands 2017 Updates Swinomish Channel Closures July through November 2017 Alert to boaters planning to travel through the Swinomish Channel in the 2017 summer/fall season.  Due to work on the Railroad Bridge at the north end of the channel, the bridge will rotate to close and the Swinomish Channel will be closed to…


Alaska Flotilla 2017 – Gathering at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes, WA

All of the Waggoner Guide Flotillas begin with a meet-up in Anacortes, WA. This Saturday, May 20, our crew of cruisers for the first Inside Passage to Alaska Flotilla gathered at Cap Santa Marina for food, drinks (not too many as they leave at o-dark-thirty on Sunday), and to discuss the trip and answer questions.…

Waggoner Guide Flotillas
Lunasea Portable LED Light Bar

A Fantastic New Portable LED Light Bar from Lunasea Lighting

I recently purchased a Lunasea Portable LED Light Bar for my boat, and I love it. The back stateroom on the boat has always been dark as it only has two small overhead lights. This light bar lights up the whole room and then some. It comes with a metal pad that is screwed into the…


Preparing Your Boat: Are You Ready to Go?

For several weeks now, the migration of cruising yachts headed north has been underway. Here at the Waggoner Cruising Guide Managing Editors Lorena and Leonard Landon left during the middle of last week with an intentional slow start through the San Juan Islands where they continue to test systems on the boat like their new…

Preparing Your Boat
Rainbow over Cabbage Island.

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve – Mosaic of Land, Water and History

The summer sun is beating down on a deliriously lovely tongue of white sand, warming our bare feet. We walk the mile-long half-moon shaped beach; the turquoise waters roll ashore at a relaxing rhythm. It’s easy to imagine we are visiting an atoll somewhere in the South Pacific, but no. We are one mile north…


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…

Belts for a Boat
Waggoner Cruising Guide Cover Photo

Waggoner Cruising Guide Cover Story – S/V Misty

Have you ever looked at the Waggoner Cruising Guide cover and wondered, “Is there a story behind the boat?” We are happy to share the story of the quintessential setting of the sailboat in a secluded cove on the cover of the 2017 Waggoner Cruising Guide. Waggoner Cruising Guide Cover Story – S/V Misty She is…


Another Side of the San Juan Islands – West Sound Marina

Suffering from a bad case of cabin fever, Arlene and I were in serious need of a spring boat trip, but the weather was predicted for more of the same – overcast sky, 20 to 25 kt. wind. So, with a few hours of break in the wind, we jumped aboard Easy Goin’ and set…


Aspen 10,000 Mile Tour – Launch Party in Anacortes, May 8

An Aspen C120 is about to embark on an epic journey. This 40′ Proa Catamaran will cruise over 10,000 miles from Washington state to Annapolis, Maryland. David and Sue Ellen Jenkins – the proud owners of the brand new Aspen C120 Knot Wafflen’ – have teamed up with Captain Blake Eder and Larry Graf, founder of Aspen Power Catamarans,…


Cruising the Virgin Islands, Part 5: Relaxing on Norman Island

The only bad news about a Virgin Islands charter vacation is that at some point it ends. Because time seems to fly by so quickly, I always recommend a nine to ten-day charter (minimum) in the Caribbean. Why? It takes one to two days at the start of the trip to slow down and re-learn…


Rosario Resort & Spa – New Docks, New Marina Configuration and Much More

Cruising northwest in Orcas Island’s East Sound, the white Moran Mansion of Rosario Resort & Spa comes into view off in the distance and grows larger as you approach. The grand century-old mansion turned hotel resort was built as the private residence of Seattle shipbuilder and two-time Seattle mayor Robert Moran. Located approximately 80-miles north…


NEW: Tacoma’s Downtown to Defiance Trolley Starts This Summer 2017!

This summer, it will be easier for boaters to explore Tacoma’s Point Defiance with the NEW Downtown to Defiance trolley route. Service on this route will run from June 2 through September 3, 2017. The hours have not be finalized, but most likely will be Friday thru Sunday from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm, every 30 minutes.…

Downtown Tacoma