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Weems & Plath and the Waggoner Cruising Guide Photo Contest Finalists

We got some terrific entries in our photo contest. Some are so good they’ll make you start dreaming about cruising next summer. Below are some of our photo contest finalists. More to come in December. Photo Contest Finalists Weems & Plath and the Waggoner Cruising Guide Photo Contest  Finalists   The Grand Prize and Category…


Holidays San Juan Island Style

In the San Juan Islands, holiday celebrations are a blend of small town sensibility harkening back to a simpler time with the creative energy of communities rich with tradition and talent. It’s an ideal time to leave the malls and crowds behind and jump on the boat and experience the holidays San Juan Island style. From…


Off-season Cruising – Serenity and Solitude

The off-season cruising months offer a respite with deserted anchorages and unoccupied marine park docks. There’s no jockeying required at the fuel dock, and wildlife is unencumbered by the usual steady stream of boats. It’s their domain now. The keys to making the most of off-season cruising are: Let the weather rule Self-sufficiency Staying Dry…

San Juan Islands Boating
Tides Tavern

Deck & Dockside Dining at Tides Tavern

Tides Tavern in Gig Harbor, WA has won a lot of awards. In 2016, South Sound Magazine voted it the Best Outdoor Dining, and in 2015 and 2014 King 5’s “Best of Western Washington,” gave it the same honor. The restaurant has also won best lunch, best bar, and been included in top ten seafood shacks at,…


A Night Ashore: The Maritime Inn in Gig Harbor, WA

The Maritime Inn has a very fitting name. It is steps away from Skansie Brothers Netshed, the former home of local fisherman Lee Makovich, and each room honors a historic vessel that operated in Gig Harbor like the Wollochet, the Eagle, and the Shenandoah. For boaters who want a night ashore, or who have friends and family joining…


Matia Island – A Pristine Island with an Intriguing Past

As one of the San Juan Islands’ “Boundary Islands,” Matia Island (pronounced Ma-TEE-ah) is visited by thousands of recreational boaters each year. The island is incredibly beautiful and has a sense of adventure. It seems to floats on the waters of the Strait of Georgia, east of the boundary between the United States and Canada…


Destiny Harbor Tours: Galloping Gertie & Giant Octopus

As a boater, taking a boat tour, might not be high on your recreational to-do list. But, as I recently discovered with Destiny Harbor Tours, a professional boat tour can bring to life the history, culture, and lifestyle of a maritime destination. When looking for a boat tour, I suggest looking for a cruise that highlights…


Pacific Northwest Cruising to B&B’s

  Sharing the joy of the cruising lifestyle with family and friends is incredibly rewarding. It brings people closer together and provides opportunities to learn new skills, enjoy nature, and have fun in a relaxed environment on the water. And, most importantly you don’t need a second stateroom on your boat to invite overnight guests…


Preparing for the Boatyard – These Few Actions Could Save You Grief

Before delivering your boat for service or repair, you can do a few things to ensure the boat’s time on the hard goes as anticipated, the work is completed on schedule, and there are no surprises. Tips for preparing for the boatyard: Create a work order. An insurance claim is not the yard’s responsibility. Take…

Sucia Island Marine State Park

A Diamond in the Rough – Sucia Island Marine State Park

Sign memorializing Ev Henry and the 40 yacht clubs. There’s something very special about Sucia Island Marine State Park’s incredible beauty, many bays, coves, beaches, and trails. Its shoreline is the product of Mother Nature’s artistry with smooth sandstone curves, rounded arches and honeycomb hollows, plus six bays possessing their own unique personality. Arlene and…


Puget Sound’s Maritime History Museums

Wherever there are ships, mariners invariably follow. From tugboats to container ships and naval ships to fishing boats, Puget Sound and ships are inseparable. Maritime museums are an inexpensive (many offers free admission) and an enjoyable way to discover some of Puget Sound’s rich history. During out travels the past couple of years, Arlene and…