We have always looked at Prince Rupert as a crossroads on the Inside Passage. It is a jumping off point for crossing Dixon Entrance to Alaska. On the return back into Canada, all boats must clear Canadian Customs in Prince Rupert before heading south into Northern B.C. or out to Haida Gwaii. The fuel dock normally has ... Details
June 14 - Prince Rupert to Ketchikan
We were greeted with a sunny day, light winds and calm seas for our crossing of Dixon Entrance. For those who fear crossing Dixon Entrance, there are days where it is flat calm. Now I just have to worry about my return crossing to Prince Rupert next Wednesday.
The ride up Tong... Details
You won’t want to take them off!
At last January’s Seattle Boat Show I noticed something new at the LFS booth: XTRATUF shoes. The word was “once you put them on, you will not want to take them off.”
The XTRATUF name is legendary for their legacy brown gum boots that have been a favorite with commercial f... Details
Few cruising grounds in the Pacific Northwest demand more respect than the west coast of Vancouver Island. With pounding surf, boat-eating rocks that lie miles offshore, fog, and few rescue options, this coast requires constant vigilance. And Cape Scott, at the northwest corner, and Brooks Peninsula, a bit further sout... Details
Washington State Marine Parks are a superb resource for boaters. They typically have trails, campsites, and scenic anchorages. Many have docks and mooring buoys. We highlight all of them in the Waggoner Guide, but we don’t have detailed information on all of their shore side facilities.
The Washington State Parks ... Details
Renovations at the Mill Bay Marina (in the Gulf Islands) have been completed, and the new facility is magnificent. The new concrete docks are wide and stable. They have 700 feet of moorage for visiting boaters and can accommodate boats to 150 feet. Water, 30- and 50-amp power, fuel, pumpout, laundry, and showers are av... Details
A multitude of 4th of July events are being hosted around Puget Sound. Click on a link below for more information about a specific event.
Deer Harbor (July 3rd)
Roche Harbo... Details
On June 17th, the United States Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Mounted Police signed an agreement to allow specially trained officers to work on both USCG and RCMP vessels. This shiprider agreement is intended to provide law enforcement additional means to interdict and apprehend suspected criminals.
For recreationa... Details
Blind Channel Resort, on West Thurlow Island, is a first-class facility, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that their Cedar Post Inn restaurant is an excellent supper option. We visited on their opening night and had a delicious dinner.
The menu is fairly short, which isn’t surprising given the logistical diffi... Details
Lou Simoneau is the only resident of Butedale, British Columbia, on northeastern Princess Royal Island. Butedale is now a ghost town, but was once the site of a thriving fish processing plant. Originally built in 1911 by the Canadian Fishing Company, Ltd., it operated until the 1980s.
Lou Simoneau, with his cat.
We are on our way to Ketchikan, Alaska for the annual Waggoner survey trip! We are doing things a little differently this time. We’ll be running up to Ketchikan quickly, then heading south slowly.
I have crew for this leg of the trip. My son, Garrett, flew up from San Jose and will be onboard until Ketchikan. Lar... Details
The boating community has an opportunity to express their opinion about a new plan for a major marina development that would alter navigation and access to Squirrel Cove. Comments will be taken during a meeting on July 6th on Cortes Island
The boating public, both Canadians and Americans, are encouraged to attend th... Details