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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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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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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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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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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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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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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