Winter Upgrades

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Time to thumb through the list of boat problems, visit the boat shows, and call the mechanic and boatyard, and open up the checkbook. The more time I spend on my boat the longer my list of upgrades grows. This winter I’m tackling a number of projects that…

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Welcome to the new WaggonerGuide.com

Welcome to our new home on the Internet! The new WaggonerGuide.com combines the best features of our old website and Waggoner’s Pacific Northwest Boating online magazine. New features: New design. Easy to navigate, easy on the eyes. Frequently updated. Expect new articles, destination updates, cruising reports, and more to be posted every few days. Comments.…

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Sailing in the August Wind Storm

Remember that wind storm at the end of August? Steve Purcell, one of my neighbors at the marina, thought it would be a great opportunity to sail up Rosario Strait, from Watmough Bay on Lopez Island to Sucia Island. With winds gusting over 50 knots, he had quite a ride. Here’s the video… August 29…

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An Unexpected Cruise

One of the joys of living aboard is the ability to easily get away on the boat. There’s no packing or schlepping, no loading and unloading the car—no hassle, really. So last Wednesday evening, right after the electrician finished installing my new inverter, I decided to head out to the islands for a night. I’d be…

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Office Aboard

One the thing that attracted me to the Nordic Tug 37 was the large chart table in the pilothouse. No, I wasn’t that interested in using paper charts—I grew up boating with electronic charts—but I liked the large, flat surface. A perfect standing desk, I thought. But after some use with my laptop I discovered…

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Sam Landsman’s Cruise Report: Haida Gwaii

In 2013 we added Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, to the Waggoner Cruising Guide. Publisher Mark Bunzel had visited Haida Gwaii and raved about the experience. When I talked with boaters who’d visited, most raved about it, too. I knew I needed to go, but when? Finally, this summer, I made…

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Bob Hale’s Cruise Report: #3

Pender Harbour, July 6. For the first time in more than 20 years we didn’t get to the Broughtons. Day after day, the winds in Johnstone Strait began at 20 knots northwest, building to 35 knots by evening. Conditions would have changed if we waited long enough, but we need to be back in Roche…

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Pleasant Harbor Marina Upgrades Complete

After several years of construction, the new building at Pleasant Harbor Marina on Hood Canal is open for business. On the ground level are the marina office, a small store, and The Galley and Pub restaurant. The restaurant serves casual breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has beer and wine available. Upstairs is a lounge with…

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Dreamspeaker 4 – San Juan Islands

New, Revised Second Edition By Anne & Laurence Yeadon-Jones Now in its NEW Second Edition for 2016 – with updated information. The San Juan Islands are a special cruising destination for all who visit. Anne & Laurence Yeadon-Jones have expanded their beautifully illustrated cruising guides, of Southern British Columbia, to include the U.S. San Juan…

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Exploring North Coast of British Columbia

Exploring the North Coast of British Columbia

“Nothing can replace local knowledge and Exploring the North Coast of British Columbia provides excellent local knowledge from a seasoned research and writing team. The Douglasses have personally researched several thousand anchor sites over the entire coast.” George Eaton, Director, Hydrography, Pacific Region, Canadian Hydrographic Service Exploring the North Coast of British Columbia takes seafaring…

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