Experience the America’s Cup

March 19th | Port Townsend Tucker Thompson, the official host of the 35th America’s Cup (AC35) in Bermuda, will be presenting at Port Townsend’s Northwest Maritime Center/Wooden Boat Foundation on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 6:15pm as part of his America’s Cup multimedia tour. Tucker’s program includes an overview of the Cup’s storied history, a chance…

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NW Explorations Flotilla Adventures to Alaska and Haida Gwaii

Our good friends at NW Explorations offer flotilla cruises with their beautiful charter fleet of Grand Banks and DeFever yachts. This summer, the fleet will cruise from Bellingham to Prince William Sound in Alaska, and visit Haida Gwaii on the way back to Bellingham. Charter boats are still available for the following legs of this…

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Garden Bay Hotel, Marina & Pub Closed

The Garden Bay Hotel, Marina & Pub, in Pender Harbour, recently shut down. Repeated phone calls have gone unanswered and the future of the property is uncertain. We will update this page with more information as it becomes available.

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New U.S. Customs Procedures for Canadian Boats

Beginning in 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has new procedures in place for for Canadian vessels visiting the United States. Canadian vessels are no longer required to purchase a U.S. Customs user fee decal. Instead, they must purchase a cruising license. Cruising licenses are valid for one year. Here is the press release from U.S.…

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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…

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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

  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…

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Captain’s Nautical Supplies Relocates to Historic Ballard Location

  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 Captain’s Nautical Supplies―the go-to map and book dealer for Pacific Northwest mariners. Jim Wheat, the new owner (for about the last 14 months), uses…

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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…

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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…

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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 follow Wharf St. and take the…

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