Alaska Flotilla Day 27 – St. John Harbor to Petersburg

The trip from St. John Harbor to Petersburg is short but complex, requiring boats to transit Wrangell Narrows. Wrangell Narrows is about 22 miles long. It’s winding, shallow, and narrow most of its length. Currents run to several knots. Five ranges and about 60 buoys and markers indicate the correct route. Waggoner Cruising Guide Alaska…


Alaska Flotilla Day 26 – Wrangell to St. John Harbor

Short, easy day. We spent the morning in Wrangell, at Shakes Island. Shakes Island is the site of Chief Shakes Tribal House, a replica Tlingit longhouse. Most of the locals were at Celebration in Juneau, but Brittany was still in town. She explained the history of her tribe, the history of the house, and answered our…

St. John Harbor
San Juan Island Cheese

Cheese, Wine and Spritz Night at San Juan Island Cheese

In Friday Harbor, the craftsman house at 155 Nichols Street used to be a residential home. Now, it’s San Juan Island Cheese, a cheese and wine shop and cafe. This converted house is both inviting and hip and the perfect place to enjoy your favorite cheeses―or new ones―paired with wines. Owners Richard and Sheri Daly.…


Mark Bunzel’s Cruise Report – Anacortes to Lund

On June 28 it felt good to get underway. Compared to other summers my cruising plans were scheduled much later, and I did not lead a flotilla this year, which would have put me out on the water sooner. In mid-June, my daughter graduated (who was class president at Anacortes High School) and that brought…

Anacortes to Lund
The Swan Hotel

A Night Ashore: The Swan Hotel in Port Townsend, WA

The Swan Hotel is a prominent feature near Point Hudson Marina. It’s three stories high, painted forest green with white balconies, a widow’s walk, and an outside staircase. Staring at it against a blue sky dotted with clouds one can almost picture its former life as a Coast Guard facility, and the men who dedicated their…


Waggoner Cruising Guide Pre-Season Update

We have received early reports from many of our correspondents and owners for the resorts and marinas up and down the coast. Things change, owners change and the services change. We’ve gathered some pre-season updates to help you get on your way for summer cruising. Also, while you are out cruising, let us know what you…


Bunk Sox ― Stays on Your Boat Mattress

I love it when a product like Bunk Sox comes along that makes me say “why didn’t I think of that?” My boat has a v-berth, and I have never found a way to keep the sheets straight. Traditional fitted sheets don’t work and flat sheets tucked in become loose and wrinkled, and they usually…


Extended Provisioning for Cruising North of the Border

When cruising north of the border, we enjoy anchoring Easy Goin’ in one of the many secluded coves, miles from the nearest dock. To do that, Arlene and I have learned the art of extended provisioning so we can enjoy well planned and nourishing meals while exploring the Inside Passage. Keys to Extended Provisioning  Organization…

Extended Provisioning
Union Tavern

Union Tavern Local 902 – Anacortes’s Newest Bar

This winter, a new bar opened up in Anacortes ― Union Tavern Local 902. In their historic downtown location, they have 18 beers on tap, a tasty menu and an inviting classic atmosphere which includes a bar, plenty of tables (some are perfect for large groups), window seating, a couch area, TVs for sports fans…


Boating with Dad — The Gift of Time

Several years ago, my dad forwarded an email of a story about two friends. They had known each other for years, but never found enough time to get together, re-bond and enjoy one another’s company. One friend decided to change that and called his friend to say he’d be visiting and giving him the gift…

The Gift of Time