Staying in Touch: Wi-Fi

Readers often ask us about how they can stay connected to jobs, family, and friends while cruising. This article is the first part of a three part series about staying connected aboard. The next two articles will focus on cellular and satellite connections. Wireless internet, often known as Wi-Fi, is both inexpensive and ubiquitous. Most…

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One Night Free Moorage at Union Steamship Co. Marina (in June)

Here is a special offer for Waggoner eNews subscribers. Union Steamship Co. Marina is one of the premier marina destinations in the Northwest. Located on Bowen Island, just north of Vancouver, it is close yet a world away.  This quaint resort dates back to the turn of the last century when it was used as…

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February Alaska Flotilla Update

Our Group 1 (May 17) and Group 2 (May 31/June 1) departures still have a few places open. It has been interesting to see the registrations ebb and flow as people sort out their summer schedules. We are continuing to work on planning and will soon announce the events planned along the route. For example,…

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Destination Blake Island

After nine days working at the Seattle Boat Show, from opening to closing each day, I was ready for a break. A break from work, that is, not boating. I’d brought the boat to Elliott Bay Marina to stay on during the show, and I quickly settled on nearby Blake Island State Park as my…

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The Making of a Waggoner Cruising Guide Cover

Every year we face the challenge of selecting the perfect shot for the cover of the Waggoner Cruising Guide. The cover is the first thing most potential purchasers ever see. We want a compelling cover, a cover that someone will notice and and compel them to purchase the new edition. We try to select a…

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Winter Cruising: Paradise Found and Espar Woes

Maybe it’s the unseasonably dry and sunny winter. Perhaps it’s the new-to-me boat. Whatever it is, winter cruising has been particularly enjoyable this season. For the first time ever, we spent Christmas on the boat. We’re not a particularly religious family, and in years past we’ve spent Christmas skiing at Crystal Mountain. Unfortunately for local…

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Flotilla to Alaska: Limited Space Available

Interested in Cruising to Alaska? While there has been unprecedented demand for this trip, a few positions have opened up as people adjust their summer cruising schedules and are not able to make the trip. If you’re interested in joining one of the flotillas, please email us or visit our booth at the Seattle Boat…

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Book Review: Puget Sound – A Boater’s Guide

Anne and Laurence Yeadon-Jones have completed their seventh Dreamspeaker Guide covering the Puget Sound area. Their books describe the many cruising destinations from Olympia to Port Townsend and across to Everett. They cover the marinas, urban destinations, peaceful state parks, protected anchorages and the many charming waterfront communities that make up this unique cruising area.…

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New Sessions: Cruising the Inside Passage Seminar

Your choice: March 20-23 or April 25-27  If registrations for our Cruising the Inside Passage seminar are any indication, a lot of people must be planning on doing some serious cruising this summer. We have had very strong demand for our Cruising the Inside Passage and British Columbia to Alaska 3 day seminar. So much demand,…

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Learn from the Experts: Winter and Spring Boating Seminars

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, creating…

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UPDATE: New Flare Disposal Option

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 now accept expired flares. The…

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