Turning towards home is always a bittersweet part of a summer cruise. Juneau was my northernmost point on this summer’s cruise, and it was with some regret that I pointed the bow south. I didn’t have time to continue to Skagway or Glacier Bay, or explore the outside of Chichagof Island and Baranof Island. O... Details
At the Waggoner Cruising Guide, we’ve been debating the future of paper charts for the last several years. Founder Robert Hale believes that paper charts are still critical. In the past he felt chart plotter screens were too small and the cartography seemed cartoonish. Bob now supplements his paper charts with a ... Details
Beach Gardens, in Powell River, is offering an excellent moorage special through September 15th. If you pay for two nights of moorage, you get a third night free, as well as a $50 credit for a meal at the Savoury Bight restaurant. Also included is a free shuttle into town (perfect for shopping) and use of the swimming ... Details
Steve Jackman of the Port McNeill Fuel Dock is always innovating to provide a better experience for visiting marina guests. One new innovation not seen often is in-berth fueling. Rather than pull up to the fuel dock, the fuel line can be brought to your boat moored on their linear docks in the marina.
Now Steve, and... Details
A group of investors recently purchased Quarterdeck Marina in Port Hardy, B.C. As soon as the sale closed, the new owners shut down the boatyard. Currently, all boats have been removed from the boatyard and the lift is no longer operating.
The lift at Quarterdeck Marina was the only lift between Campbell River and Lun... Details
When the stars line up and your son’s have the same available time to go boating, you go for it!
After leading the first Waggoner Cruising Guide flotilla to Ketchikan, I locked up the boat at the City Floats and caught a flight to Seattle. One of my sons was graduating high school and I needed to be home. And i... Details
Things change and we try to provide you with updates so you can plan your summer cruising with the most up to date information.
Otter Bay Marina
Otter Bay continues with their scheduled Saturday meal events. Prawns and roast beef are scheduled for July 26. West coast seafood pan, BBQ salmon, and roast beef are on Au... Details
Flotilla 3 arrived in Alaska on July 2nd, in time for the 4th of July festivities in Ketchikan. They arrived a day early by taking advantage of a favorable weather window out of Prince Rupert. The original schedule had planned for a layover day in Prince Rupert to explore the town, its museums, and other attractions. B... Details
My flotilla trip ended in Ketchikan, but I couldn’t just turn south towards home. No, the draw of Alaska is too strong. I’d last cruised Southeast Alaska in 2012, and I’m hooked. The wildlife—bears and whales, in particular—is exceptional, the vistas grand, the tidewater glaciers magical.
But Sou... Details
Johnstone Strait, the Rapids, Blind Channel
At the end of Report No. 1 I said Johnstone Strait exacted a price for our earlier, calm, crossing of the Strait of Georgia. It wasn’t only Johnstone Strait, it was Port Neville, too. Everything worked out, but we were taught a lesson in the strait and we learned some ... Details
I began writing this report from the lovely SYC outstation in Garden Bay at the back of Pender Harbour, 40 miles up the coast from Vancouver –with the crossing of the Strait of Georgia behind us. The Strait of Georgia is always a challenge. Even on sunny days winds can blow the water into 4- or 5-foot seas, close eno... Details
It was a shock to many when the Downrigger restaurant caught fire last August 17th. In addition to the restaurant, several businesses on the lower floor were also affected by the severe fire damage to the building. This included a whale tour operator and Friday Harbor Marine. Plans are well underway for a new building ... Details