Washington State Parks Moorage Permits

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. If you spend…

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Gear Review: Vesper Marine XB-8000

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 another dimension to safety at sea. For those unfamiliar,…

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Cruise Report: Wind, Waves, and Ice at Sucia Island

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 cruising. Short daylight hours, cold temperatures,…

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Victoria Customs Dock Moves Towards Harbor Entrance

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 harbor,” said Greater…

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NOAA to Cease Paper Chart Printing

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 lithographic marine charts for NOAA. With the advent…

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Fort Lauderdale Boat Show Wrap-up

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. While…

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Cruise to Alaska Update

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…

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Book Review: Drawn to the Sea

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 collaboration with Billy Proctor on the book Full Moon, Flood Tide. Drawn to Sea is Yvonne’s personal story of her life, her art, her family, and the friends…

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How Oracle Won the 34th America’s Cup

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 balanced, and…

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Cruising Alaska Seminar in March

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 experienced Alaska cruiser; and Mike…

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Cruise to Alaska with Waggoner

Cruise to Alaska with Waggoner Join us on a flotilla cruise to SE Alaska in 2014 For the first time ever, we’re inviting a small group of boats to travel with us from Anacortes, WA to Ketchikan, AK. We’ll plan the routes, worry about the weather, and arrange for unforgettable experiences. Our plan is to…

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