Boat Beacon: An App for AIS remote viewing

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. Boat…

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Restaurant of the Month: Dent Island Lodge

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…

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UPDATE: Changes at Campbell River Marinas

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…

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USCG Auxiliary Vessel Safety Inspections

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 complies with state…

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Waggoner eNews Archives

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 our readers…

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Restaurant of the Month: Addie Mae’s

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 red brick building…

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About Us

Mark Bunzel 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, where at the age of 15…

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Maple Bay Marina Remodels Store and Cafe

During our recent visit to the Maple Bay Marina we had a chance to visit with Co-Owner Carol Messier. She gave us a tour of their new store and cafe. What’s the big deal? They developed a comfortable lounge area with a first class espresso bar. They also offer a selection of breakfast bakery items…

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Meet the People Behind the Guide

Mark Bunzel Publisher/Editor 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, where at the age of…

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More Kudos for Ladysmith

We are at the Maritime Marina in Ladysmith because you recommended them in the 2010 edition. Did you know that they opened up a beautiful new facility on the docks 4 1/2 months ago? You no longer have to walk up the hill for showers, etc. There is a small deli, big screen TV, and…

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Nanaimo No No of Note

Thanks for another great guide in 2012. With reference to this version (page 181 – photo), I wanted to warn boaters with dogs that the Dinghy Dock Pub on Protection island has (and I quote) “… a very strict policy about tying up dogs on the dock.” My wife and I and our two little…

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