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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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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Bob Hale’s 2014 Cruise Report #1

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-…

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Alaska Flotilla 1 Trip Report

Day 12 – Shearwater to Rescue Bay The fleet in Shearwater Life’s changes can sometimes step into the middle of a cruise. Before leaving Anacortes, we knew that Catherine Bearce’s (first mate on the lead boat Sea Raven) father might not be with us much longer. He was 94 and declining in Dallas, TX. Catherine…

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Becoming Wild by Nikki van Schyndel

Book Review: Becoming Wild by Nikki van Schyndel

The boating community may know Nikki van Schyndel from her survivalist programs presented at Pierre’s Echo Bay Marina and Resort and the eco-tours she gives in the Broughton Island Group. Her story has always been fascinating. A woman in her thirties leaves the city to survive in the wild. But I never knew the full…

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Boarded!

We were cruising down Tongass Narrows for a two day trip to Misty Fjord National Monument, but we could have been boating anywhere in the U.S. I was last in our group of seven boats, the smallest, with my Tolly 30. The largest was a new Nordhavn 63 flying the Canadian flag. We noticed a…

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Alaska Flotilla 2 Trip Report

The second flotilla was a bit smaller than the first: six participant boats and one lead boat. It also had quite a mix of boats, ranging from a 22’ C-Dory to a 58’ Ocean Alexander. We departed Anacortes on June 1st, bound for Ganges under sunny skies. We cleared Canadian Customs in Bedwell Harbour quickly…

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UPDATE: Gibsons Marina Changes

Gibsons Marina now has very limited transient moorage. Call in advance for availability. Transient boats may have a better chance of finding moorage at the Gibsons Harbour Authority Docks, but transient space there is also limited since many of the guest docks have been made smaller. A new commercial float has been placed on the…

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Sam Landsman: Preparing to Leave the Dock

Preparing a new-to-me boat (2000 Nordic Tug 37) for a summer of cruising in Alaska has been a big, winter-long project. Hauling out for bottom paint and dripless shaft seal replacement. The new windlass and Rocna anchor. Below is a partial list of projects I’ve undertaken to be sure the boat is in tip-top shape.…

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Mark Bunzel: Preparing to Leave the Dock

Preparing to leave the dock for an extended cruise is always challenging. Loading provisions and spare parts, last minute boat chores, and closing out shore side obligations always add to the stress of departure. Here at the Waggoner Guide, we start early with maintenance and extended sea trials. For me it was a return from…

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