Eight Tips for a Fun Winter Cruise

Eight Tips for a Fun Winter Cruise By Shawn and Corinne Severn Photos by Brian Pemberton Over the 30 years we have been cruising in the Pacific Northwest, many of our special memories come from our winter cruises.  They include waking up in Port Madison with a dusting of snow covering the boat, watching the mist roll out of Port Ludlow, and the mos...
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Captain’s Nautical Supplies Celebrates their New Location

Captain’s Nautical Supplies Celebrates their New Location Captain’s Nautical Supplies has had a number of locations since their founding in 1897. They recently moved to 1120 Ballard Way and are celebrating the move with a new store celebration on Saturday, February 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. There will be many special offers for this event including a raffle for Weems...
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Spiral Bound Waggoner Cruising Guides

Spiral Bound Waggoner Cruising Guides   For years, our readers have been asking us to give them the choice of the traditional or spiral bound Waggoner Cruising Guide. Why? The spiral bound book lays flat and makes for easier use at the helm or chart table. Some stores like the Wooden Boat Chandlery in Port Townsend only sell spiral bound Waggon...
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Captain’s Nautical Supplies Relocates to Historic Ballard Location

Captain’s Nautical Supplies Relocates to Historic Ballard Location [caption id="attachment_6272" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo credit: Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times[/caption]   Our good friends at Captain's Nautical Supplies have relocated the business to 1120 NW Ballard Way in Seattle. The store located in a historic building fits the 119-year-old heritage of Cap...
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What To Do When The Engine Does Not Crank

What To Do When The Engine Does Not Crank You've been in a beautiful bay for a few days, and it's time to move on. You push the starter button, and it only groans and clicks. Now, what? It might very well be on the top of the list of fears of boaters. Mind you, this is probably not on the level of sinking or losing steering. But, many of us always have that ...
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My $7,000 Saltwater Swim – But I lived…

My $7,000 Saltwater Swim – But I lived… We had just finished a photo shoot on the water near Guemes Island for the new SeaSport Commander 2800. The boat looked great running by at 30+ knots. My fingers were still stiff from the cold encountered while shooting from the flybridge in the January air. We brought both boats back to the Cap Sante Marina to set u...
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The Clyde Theatre: Cruise in and Catch a Movie

The Clyde Theatre: Cruise in and Catch a Movie   One of the joys of being part of the Waggoner Cruising Guide team is exploring coastal communities. This weekend I day tripped to Langley, Washington and stopped by The Clyde Theatre. The theatre, built by Norman and Hazel Clyde in 1937, is easy to find. From the docks at South Whidbey Harbor follo...
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The Bluff Restaurant-Dining with Panoramic Friday Harbor Views

The Bluff Restaurant-Dining with Panoramic Friday Harbor Views [gallery type="slideshow" size="large" ids="6070,6075,6074,6069,6071"] We love cruising in the San Juan Islands, and one of those reasons is all the great places to eat.  The Bluff Restaurant at Friday Harbor House has an outside terrace and a dining room with panoramic views of Friday Harbor. They serve No...
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Our Boating New Year’s Resolutions

Our Boating New Year’s Resolutions The beginning of the year is always a time to reflect on the past year and plan for the next. At the Waggoner Cruising Guide, we are already planning the boating season with a short list of New Year's resolutions. Mark's List: Spend more time boating in the late winter and early spring. (The sun is shining right...
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What to do When the Captain Drops Dead

What to do When the Captain Drops Dead It was a sunny, windy day on the Strait of Georgia when the channel went silent after a distress radio call went out on VHF 16. "Coast Guard, Coast Guard! I need help! " The Canadian Coast Guard radio operator responded promptly, "Ma'am, could you tell me the name of your vessel and the nature of your emergency?" In...
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Silver Bell Winery in La Conner

Silver Bell Winery in La Conner I’m a lover of wines and living in Washington State, which is the 2nd largest wine producer in the U.S., makes it easy to appreciate all the varietals. Last weekend, I cruised to La Conner for the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and stumbled upon Silver Bell Winery in Gilkey Square. On previous trips, I’d w...
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