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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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

Drawn to Sea Paintbrush to Chainsaw, Carving Out a Life on BC’s Rugged Raincoast By Yvonne Maximchuk 272 Pages, $24.95 Caitlin Press  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…

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