Pacific Northwest Weather

Interpreting the Weather

When I talk to cruisers and their First Mates, one of the key concerns they have is avoiding bad weather. The truth is – there is so much weather information out there, you should have enough to make a go or no-go decision, even when Mother Nature throws you a curveball. Interpreting the Weather In the…


Anacortes Boat Show, April 6-9

  The Anacortes Boat Show began 20 years ago with five brokerage offices displaying 30 – 40 small to medium size boats. Today, the annual show has grown into a regional event. Fifteen yacht brokerage offices display over 100 power and sail boats ranging from trailerable sport and fishing boats to large sail and power…

Anacortes Boat Show

Why Attend a Waggoner Cruising Guide Seminar?

When you think about cruising the Inside Passage do you ever ask yourself these questions? Will the weather be okay? Will it get worse while we are out there? What if I get sick while out on the water? Will I get sea sick? What if we hit a log, or, worse, what if we…


A Night Ashore: Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham, WA

  With a refreshing glass of sparkling water in hand, I walk out onto my room’s private balcony at the Hotel Bellwether. It’s a typical Pacific Northwest March day with gray clouds and a little rain. From this lofty nook, I see the shifting waters of Bellingham Bay, joggers and dog walkers strolling along the Squalicum Promenade,…

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