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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First Waggoner Alaska Flotilla En Route

Waggoner eNews is late this month. Sorry, I was engaged in the last minute flurry of activity getting my boat ready and did not complete my articles on time. Our first flotilla group left the dock on schedule on Sunday, May 18 with 9 boats. One additional boat joined the group in Ganges. The weather…

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Stz’uminus First Nation Closes Northern Gulf Islands

The Stz’uminus First Nation recently announced a prohibition of non-Native vessels in their traditional territory. This territory, in the northern Gulf Islands, extends approximately from Active Pass to Sansum Narrows and north as far as Dodd Narrows. The prohibition is in response to dispute fishing rights. At press time we had not yet heard of…

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Anacortes Waterfront Festival June 7-8

The 25th Annual Waterfront Festival will be held in Anacortes on June 7 & 8 at Cap Sante Marina. The festival combines a variety of family-friendly marine-related activities, including free boat rides, a “quick-and-dirty” boat building demonstration, milk carton derby, boat show, car show, model boat show, paddle board demos, Samish Indian Nation canoe rides…

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Public Meeting on the Future of Aids to Navigation

The U.S. Coast Guard, along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will hold nationwide public discussions on navigational aid technology and how it will affect the future of America’s waterways. The Future of Navigation-21st Century Waterways public listening sessions will be held in several locations across the…

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Wine Tasting, Movie Premier at Lakebay Marina

The new owners of Lakebay Marina, in the South Sound, are hosting a wine tasting on Friday, April 25, 5-8 PM The event also premieres a film that was shot at the marina. The new owners, Mark and Cindy Scott are great folks. If you’re in the area, why not stop around and get acquainted?…

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Upcoming Seminars

Cruising the Inside Passage to B.C. and S.E. Alaska – April 25-27 Anacortes The March seminar was sold out and we added a second. We still have a few seats available for the April 25-27 sessions. This 3-day seminar will give you all the information you need to plan the trip of a lifetime cruising…

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Order Fishing Licenses Online

Due to a new internet-based fishing license system in Canada, some retailers no longer sell Canadian fishing licenses. Fishing licenses for Washington, Canada, and Alaska can be obtained online in advance by using the links below. Click here to purchase your Canadian fishing license. Click here to purchase your Washington fishing license. Click here to…

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Destination Tacoma

Tacoma is an urban boating destination complete with the hum of a thriving city. It has excellent museums and restaurants, a variety of marinas, and attractions like the Point Defiance Zoo. When transiting Commencement Bay, watch carefully for large container ships or car carriers that frequent the area. The most centrally located moorage is in…

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Cruise Report: Puget Sound

The 2014 season has begun for the Waggoner Cruising Guide crew. In late March we hopped aboard Managing Editor Sam Landsman’s new-to-him Nordic Tug 37 and headed south from Elliott Bay Marina. We had two objectives: update the Puget Sound portion of the Waggoner Guide and find out what on the boat needed attention before…

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Staying in Touch: Satellite Communications

Readers often ask us how they can stay connected to jobs, family, and friends while cruising. This article is the third in a thee part series about staying connected aboard. The first article focused on Wi-Fi. The second article focused on cell phones. This article focuses on satellite connections. Satellite Messengers ($) Satellite Messengers are…

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Submerged Log in Swinomish Channel

Several local boaters have reported significant damage recently after hitting a submerged tree at the south end of Swinomish Channel. The U.S. Coast Guard has confirmed the presence and location of the log: Local Notice to Mariners, District 13, Week 13/14 The USCG has verified a submerged tree is in the Swinomish Channel South Entrance…

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