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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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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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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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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Order Customs Decal Online

US Customs Decals Boats 30 feet or more in length are required to have a U.S. Customs and Border Protection decal when entering the United States from a foreign country. CBP strongly prefers that boaters purchase and affix this decal before crossing the border into the United States. Decals can be purchased online for $27.50…

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Does Your Red VHF Radio DISTRESS Button Work?

Did you know it will send an alert to all DSC equipped boats around you in case of trouble? Quick Tips: Connect your VHF Radio equipped to a GPS signal on your boat. Register for an MMSI number. For use in Canadian (International) waters register through the FCC, US waters register through BoatUS. URLs below.…

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Restaurant of the Month: Nell Thorn

Spring is a good time to visit LaConner. The waters to reach the town are fairly protected whether arriving from the north or south. Plenty of moorage is available in the Port of Skagit’s LaConner Marina. The town is walkable and has a good selection of shops to browse and restaurants for lunch or dinner.…

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Proposed Puget Sound No Discharge Zone

Washington State is seeking feedback on a proposed no discharge zone in Puget Sound. The proposed no discharge zone would cover the area east of New Dungeness Lighthouse, including the San Juan Islands, Hood Canal, Lake Washington and Lake Union. The area in red is the proposed no discharge zone. Existing laws prohibit discharging untreated…

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Staying in Touch: Cell Phones

Readers often ask us about how they can stay connected to jobs, family, and friends while cruising. This article is the second in a three part series about staying connected aboard. The first article focused on Wi-Fi. The next article will focus on satellite connections. Voice, Data, and Texts Cell phones are generally used in…

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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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