Solar Power

Cruisers College – Solar Power & Refrigeration, Oct. 14

Cruisers College Solar Power & Refrigeration with Woody Wentworth October 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $45 Register here. Cruiser College offers this combination course taught by an experienced offshore cruiser and local refrigeration/HVAC specialist, Woody Wentworth. We all love our creature comforts and nothing transforms a boat from a ‘weekend camper’ to an extended ‘comfy…

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Cruisers College – Understanding Northwest Weather, Oct. 14

Cruisers College Understanding Northwest Weather with Mark Bunzel October 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. $45 Register here. Understanding Northwest Weather is one of the biggest challenges when cruising in this area. It can make the difference between a good trip, or a trip where the crew is not sure they ever want to boat again!…

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Cruiser’s College Seminars in October and November

Have you seen our lineup of upcoming Cruisers College seminars in October and November? Cruisers College Seminars October 2017 10/14 Understanding Northwest Weather from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $45 See details and register HERE. 10/14 Solar Energy & Marine Refrigeration from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $45 See details and register HERE. 10/15 Outboard Motor Service, Repair, and…

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WWII Ruins on Yorke Island in Johnstone Strait

The reef just off Yorke Island in Johnstone Strait. Departing Lagoon Cove we motored through ‘The Blow Hole’ between E. Cracroft and Minstrel Islands into Chatham and Havannah Channels reaching Johnstone Strait.  Not surprising, Johnstone Strait was choppy but improved as we proceeded eastward. Seeing that the seas had become settled, we took the opportunity to…

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Main Gun Emplacement at the top of Yorke Island.
The Longhouse at Totem Bight State Park.

Waggoner Guide Flotilla 2017 Wrap-up

 Waggoner Guide Flotilla 2017 Wrap-up We came together as strangers and departed Ketchikan as good friends. I continued north to leave my boat in Wrangell and five boats decided to tag along. We stopped for a night in Meyers Chuck in very pleasant weather and then on to Wrangell. Some continued working their way up…

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Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 20 – Ketchikan

 Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 19 Ketchikan Day 20 – Friday This was the last official day of the flotilla trip. We organized a bus trip up to Totem Bight State Historical Park to see the totem and clanhouse. The bus is the most economical way to get there. The price went up this year. The…

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Creek Street in Ketchikan, Alaska
Crossing Dixon Entrance to Ketchikan, Alaska.

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 19 – Crossing Dixon Entrance to Ketchikan

 Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 19 Crossing Dixon Entrance to Ketchikan Day 19 – Thursday While everyone groaned about the 5 a.m. departure, I told them they would benefit from better weather conditions when crossing Dixon Entrance. The day before, I also told them the weather would be better for a crossing on Thursday rather than Wednesday. One of our boats,…

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Waggoner Store Back to School Sale

For the Waggoner Store Back to School Sale, we are offering 30% OFF all children’s books while in stock.   Discount only available in the Waggoner Store. Promo code: backtoschool (Offer ends September 30 or while supplies last) Waggoner Store Back to School Sale   For September the Waggoner Store is having a Back to…

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Back to School Sale
Cow Bay Marina in Prince Rupert.

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 17 – Prince Rupert

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 17 Prince Rupert Day 17 – Tuesday It was a sunny day with the low snow cap gleaming for the 35 mile run up Grenville Channel after a 6:30 a.m. departure. It is a little bit of a jolt to get back to human habitation. Approaching Prince Rupert, it starts with the commercial docks…

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New Marine Thrift Stores in Port Townsend and Canoe Cove

Marine thrift stores are fun. They are like a treasure hunt each time you visit. The stock changes and you never know what you will find. What happened to all of the second-hand marine stores in the US and BC? Second Wave in Seattle closed due to real estate issues. Pacific Marine Exchange in Bellingham…

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Items at a marine thrift store.
Boats anchoraged at Lowe Inlet in British Columbia.

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 16 – Lowe Inlet

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 16 Lowe Inlet Day 16 – Monday The sun appeared for our windless 8 a.m. departure. We left the dock, and as I was putting away fenders and lines, a whale came up 100’ away from me. We ended up stopping to watch the three whales dive for breakfast so close you could…

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Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 15 – Bishop Bay Hot Springs

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 15 Bishop Bay Hot Springs Day 15 – Sunday On the way up to Princess Royal Channel, we stopped at Butedale and Corry was there to meet us. The new ramp to shore installed in 2016 is a huge improvement, and the docks were good. The new ramp at the Butedale…

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The flotilla crew at Bishop Bay Hot Springs.