For January and February, Sam Landsman, the Waggoner’s Managing Editor, and I take our boats down to Seattle’s Elliott Bay Marina, one of the best managed marinas in the Northwest. The marina is especially convenient while we are exhibiting and giving seminars at the Seattle Boat Show. Why rent a hotel room... Details
New cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in the states of California and Idaho. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is implementing measures to protect Canada’s poultry resources from an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza reported in poultry in the states of California, Idaho, Oregon and... Details
Last summer we noticed that many mooring buoys were missing from state parks in the San Juan Islands. When we checked with Washington State Parks in the fall, they recognized the missing buoys and told us they were installing all new mooring buoys in the San Juan Islands during the winter.
Oro Bay Marina on Anderson Island now offers limited transient moorage year round. The marina’s existing 60’ reciprocal slip now accommodates both paying and reciprocal guests. An additional 50’ end tie will be available during the summer months for paying guests. Rafting i... Details
The Inside Passage to Southeast Alaska
March 20-22 & April 17-19
$225 per person/$395 per couple INCLUDED for Flotilla participants
This three-day seminar covers all the information you need to cruise to Southeast Alaska, including exploring Northern British Columbia, Haida Gwaii, and th... Details
Join a group of American Tugs for a flotilla adventure to Alaska in May 2015!
Last year we safely took 23 boats from Anacortes, WA to Ketchikan, AK. This year we’re doing it again—this time with a group of American Tugs. Past participants raved about the local knowledge we provided, the camaraderie ... Details
In 2014 we announced the first Waggoner Flotilla Cruises, beginning in Anacortes and ending in Ketchikan. We soon had applications from 96 boats, solidifying our belief that people want to explore these areas in the company of experienced guides and fellow cruisers.
By departu... Details
Pacific Nor'West Boating is now Waggoner's Pacific Northwest Boating. Published monthly, Waggoner's Pacific Northwest Boating has boat reviews, destination features, product announcements, the Waggoner Fuel Price Survey, and updates to the Waggoner Cruising Guide.
Click here to read the March 2015 edition.
Last year was my busiest ever on the boat. I covered more than 4,300 nautical miles from Olympia, WA to Juneau, AK, accumulating 600 engine hours. When I opened my well-worn Waggoner Guide in September to begin updating the book for 2015, I was struck by just how many notes I had scribbled in the margins.
Some changes... Details
Fans of the Jennis Bay Marina were concerned when rumors that the resort would close after the 2014 season began circulating. This family-run resort is located in Drury Inlet, one of the most beautiful settings in the Broughton Islands area, and is known for its relaxed charm.
To track down the truth about Jennis Bay ... Details
West Sea Otter weather buoy provides critical weather data when deciding whether or not to cross Queen Charlotte Sound. We don’t like to go when it’s reporting seas in excess of 1.5 meters. Unfortunately, West Sea Otter was inoperable beginning May 11, 2014.
Environment Canada operates the buoy and did no... Details
The U.S. Coast Guard changed the buoyage in Swinomish Channel as of October 31st. The “change point,” noting the return to sea (Red Right Returning), was moved to the center of La Conner. It previously was about 2 miles north of La Conner. Old charts do not reflect this change. Buoy R22 has been changed to ... Details