Learn from the Experts | Winter and Spring Boating Seminars
The Pacific Northwest has one of the best selections of boating seminars in the country. Here at the Waggoner Cruising Guide, and through our sister company, Fine Edge, we take some of the credit for this. We’ve been involved in the Seattle Boat Show, c... Details
Disposing old marine flares always seems like a challenge. They can’t be thrown away with normal household garbage and they can’t be shot off as a demonstration. Sometimes police or fire departments will take them, but it can be a hassle to arrange this.
Thankfully, several King County transfer stations no... Details
Washington State Marine Parks are outstanding resources for cruising boaters. Many have mooring buoys, docks, and shore side facilities. Washington State Parks charges $12 per night to use a mooring buoy and $0.60 per foot per night for dock space.
Boaters can also purchase an annual moorage permit for $4.00 per foot.... Details
Automatic identification system, known more commonly as AIS, is quickly becoming commonplace on moderately sized recreational vessels. Prices have dropped substantially in recent years, and many VHF radios are now equipped with AIS receivers. Transmitting an AIS signal, however, is less common, even though it adds anot... Details
Winter boating in the northwest can be magnificent. State parks, anchorages, and marinas that fill to capacity in summer are seldom visited in winter. Waterways are free from recreational boat traffic. Occasionally, icicles bring new drama to familiar scenes.
Winter cruising also stresses a boat far more than summer c... Details
A new customs dock in Victoria is now operational. The dock is located on Raymur Point, next to the Coast Harbourside marina.
The old customs dock is no longer operational.
"The placement allows for a more efficient flow of marine traffic, allowing vessels to reach Customs facilities earlier on entrance to Victoria h... Details
Several weeks ago NOAA announced it will discontinue printing lithographic nautical charts in April 2014. Is this the end of paper charts?
This story has had a lot of misunderstandings, thanks in part to the abrupt and unexpected announcement .
Currently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prints lithograph... Details
The 2014 boat show season starts with the Annapolis Sail and Powerboat Shows in mid-October and the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show (FLIBS) at the end of October. According to our friends at Anacortes Yacht Charters, who exhibit at Annapolis, it was a very strong show with a lot of interest in cruising the Northwest.
When we announced the Waggoner Cruise to Alaska a month ago we had modest hopes. We expected to lead one trip of about seven boats from Anacortes to Ketchikan.
Since then, we've had more than 50 boats express interest, ranging in size from 22- to 120-feet.
In order to manage this incredible demand, we are planning o... Details
Drawn to Sea
Paintbrush to Chainsaw, Carving Out a Life on BC’s Rugged Raincoast
By Yvonne Maximchuk
272 Pages, $24.95
If you love the B.C. Coast, you’ll likely enjoy reading Yvonne Maximchuk’s new book, Drawn to Sea. You may know of Yvonne through her art and her... Details
by Mark Bunzel
What were the odds that Oracle Team USA would come back from an 8-1 deficit in the America’s Cup finals? After Race 4, Las Vegas odds-makers said 700 to 1.
Undeterred, Oracle achieved the seemingly impossible and won the America’s Cup. They made their boat faster, got the boat better balan... Details
Do you have plans for cruising to Alaska in the future?
Then block out March 21st through 23rd for the Cruising British Columbia & The Inside Passage to Southeast Alaska Seminar!
Instructors include Mark Bunzel, owner and publisher of the Waggoner Cruising Guide; Capt. Linda Lewis, a training skipper and exp... Details