Special Invitation to Join Waggoner Flotilla Cruises

Untitled Document 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 departure time we had 23 boats on three flotillas. The…


Waggoner’s Pacific Northwest Boating

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.

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What’s New in the 2015 Waggoner Guide

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…


Sam Landsman’s Cruise Report: South from Cape Caution

In the wee hours of the morning my alarm clock burst to life. Sunrise was still an hour away. I hit snooze once, then stood up and turned on the weather radio. Queen Charlotte Sound isn’t to be trifled with, and I wanted as smooth a crossing as possible. Hence the early hour. The weather…


Mark Bunzel’s Cruise Report: Gulf Islands

The Pacific high continued bringing foggy mornings to the Washington coast and extreme sun to the Gulf Islands. The boating community responded and is out in full force. Many marinas are full—I’ve heard many turn visitors away on VHF 66A. Favorite spots like Ladysmith, Telegraph Harbour, and Nanaimo were struggling to find enough room. Many…


Mark Bunzel’s Cruise Report: Ketchikan to Smuggler’s Cove

July 6—Crossing Dixon Entrance. We formed up with Mike and Lynette’s boat, Black Pearl, a 50’ Skookum, in Tongass Narrows for our 3:30 a.m. departure. An early departure gives the best opportunity for light winds during the open water crossing. The strategy paid off with a flat water crossing. In Prince Rupert we cleared Canadian…


2015 Waggoner Flotillas

Last summer we lead three groups (23 boats total) on a 3 week trip from Anacortes to Ketchikan. All arrived safe and sound, and most importantly more knowledgeable about cruising the Inside Passage. We had a lot of fun, too. Potlucks, bear sightings, whales breaching—we saw it all. Our enroute destinations included many favorites of…


Book Review: Adventures in Solitude

Adventures in Solitude  What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck… And other stories from Desolation Sound By Grant Lawrence I’ve avoided this book for the last four years. I’d see it everywhere in B.C.— stacked in book stores, stocked on the ferries. The cover seemed over the top. What Not to Wear to a…


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…


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…


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…


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…