Mark Bunzel’s Cruise Report: Classic Winter Destinations

For January and February, Sam Landsman, the Waggoner’s Managing Editor, and I take our boats down to Seattle’s Elliott Bay Marina, one of the best managed marinas in the Northwest. The marina is especially convenient while we are exhibiting and giving seminars at the Seattle Boat Show. Why rent a hotel room when you can…

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New Canadian Poultry Restrictions

New cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in the states of California and Idaho. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is implementing measures to protect Canada’s poultry resources from an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza reported in poultry in the states of California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Due to this outbreak, all raw…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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Book Review: Adventures in Solitude by Grant Lawrence

  I’ve avoided Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound for the last four years. I’d see it everywhere in B.C.— stacked in bookstores, stocked on the ferries. The sub-title What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck seemed designed to make you buy the book, right? From the…

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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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