Waggoner Cruising Guide August Updates

Sointula—The Harbourmaster’s office is being rebuilt. The new office will be in the same location. Currently, a temporary office is located just across the parking lot (towards the road) from the old office. Alert Bay—All docks are now first come, first served. No docks are reserved for visiting pleasure boats. If full, anchorage in the…

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Canadian Safe Boating Awards

Do you know about the Canadian Safe Boating Awards (CASBAs)? Each year the Canadian Safe Boating Council recognizes the efforts of the general public, volunteers, professionals, agencies and organizations who have distinguished themselves in the fields of boating safety and environmental stewardship. Winners are selected in a number of categories. What makes the CASBAs so…

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Sam Landsman’s Cruise Report: Juneau to Cape Caution

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. Oh…

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Paper Charts: Are We At the Transition Point?

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 laptop running Coastal…

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NEWS FLASH: Beach Gardens Moorage Special

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…

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Port McNeill Fuel Dock and Marina Opens New Snack Stand

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…

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Quarterdeck Marina Boatyard Shut Down

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 Lund…

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Mark Bunzel’s Cruise Report: Alaska

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…

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Waggoner Cruising Guide July Updates

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…

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Alaska Flotilla Update: All Arrived

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…

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Sam Landsman’s Cruise Report: Ketchikan to Juneau

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 Southeast Alaska is also huge. As I write…

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Bob Hale’s 2014 Cruise Report #2

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…

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