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…


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.…

Waterfront Inn View from the Regatta Room
Inside Passage at Sunset

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.…


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…


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…


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…

San Juan Islands Boating

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…


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,…

Tides Tavern