We love tablets. Our tablets are in constant use on the boat. Chartplotting apps, equipment manuals, movies, music, and more are readily accessible on a tablet. Now, several apps are available that provide a view of ships transmitting AIS signal all over the world. One of the newest and most unique is Boat Beacon.
Much of our cruising is done in remote areas, with few grocery stores and fewer restaurants. When we arrive at a marina, we're often ready for a good meal out, and Dent Island Lodge is one of our favorite splurges while cruising. The facilities are first class, the food is excellent, and the service is impeccable. And ... Details
Each year we take a spring road trip through British Columbia, searching for changes at marinas. This year we found major changes underway at the Coast Marina in Campbell River. The marina has new owners. Many of the full time moorage customers have moved their boats out of the marina. We were told the dock configurati... Details
A reader recently asked us, “What happened to Broadband Express? Are they still around?” Yes, BBX is still around, but under a new name. Beacon WiFi, a large WiFi provider on the East Coast, purchased BBX. The BBX website is no longer operating, but www.beaconwifi.com has information on locations and rates. Many of... Details
Safety on the water is our top priority. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is similarly committed to this goal and they offer free vessel safety inspections to help boaters stay safe.
If your vessel passes inspection, you’ll receive a decal that notifies law enforcement that your boat has already been inspected and c... Details
On National Marina Day, marinas across the United States celebrate and promote their industry by inviting politicians, civic leaders and the public to their facilities. Participating marinas in Washington offer a variety of events during National Marina Day. Tours of law enforcement vessels, complimentary lunches, free... Details
Planning a cruise? Wondering what a marina charges for transient moorage? If so, you’re in luck! Taking a cue from our popular Fine Edge Fuel Price Survey, we’ve created the Waggoner Marina Price Survey.
2014 Washington State Transient Moorage Price Survey
2014 British Columbia Transient Moora... Details
Waggoner eNews Archives
Your time on the water is important and the Waggoner Cruising Guide staff works hard every year to provide the most up-to-date cruising information we can. Throughout the year, things change. Events are added or changed and businesses come and go. Waggoner eNews provides a way for us to keep ou... Details
An Indulgence, or Just Good Down-Home Southern Cooking?
Addie Mae’s Southern Kitchen in Port Townsend
For many of us, a new restaurant can influence the choice of the next overnight cruising stop. Headed to Port Townsend? Try overnighting at the Point Hudson Marina. Take a two-block walk down Water Street to a re... Details
Mark is the Editor and Publisher of the annual Waggoner Cruising Guide and the co-author of Cruising the Virgin Islands. He is also the Publisher at Fine Edge Publishing with responsibility for all publishing, business affairs, and marketing.
Mark’s boating experience began in Ocean City, New Jersey, ... Details
Due to budget cuts at Parks Canada, the required briefings for entrance to the protected areas in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve will only be held in Skidegate/Queen Charlotte City, at the Haida Heritage Centre. The pre-season briefings previously offered in Vancouver, Victoria/Sidney, and Seattle will not be sched... Details
The Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole is a 42-foot monumental pole being carved to honor the 20th anniversary of the Gwaii Haanas Agreement, the cornerstone of a groundbreaking cooperative management relationship between the Haida Nation and the Government of Canada.
The pole will be raised in Gwaii Haanas on August 15, 2013... Details