Maple Bay Marina Remodels Store and Cafe

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 and sandwiches for ...
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Meet the People Behind the Guide

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 ...
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West Vancouver Island & Missing Fuel

West Vancouver Island & Missing Fuel We are working our way back from Juneau down West Vancouver Isle and an odd thing occurred when we stopped for fuel. I always know how much fuel I burn and so how much I’ll take on by engine hours between fills. This time I should have filled with 78 liters or 20.6 gallons but instead it took 216 liters or 57 gallons...
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Cap Sante Marina Welcomes Liveaboards

Cap Sante Marina Welcomes Liveaboards The Port of Anacortes is pleased to announce that we will now be accepting liveaboard applications for the first time in 30 years. The Port will take vessels ranging from 32' and above and will accept up to 100 liveaboard vessels in the marina. The liveaboard program will require an application fee used to conduct ...
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More Kudos for Ladysmith

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 a large gathering space, laundry...
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Nanaimo No No of Note

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 girls came over from a grea...
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Captain Whidbey Inn Recommended

Captain Whidbey Inn Recommended Dear Waggoner: Just a thought. In your writeup on Coupeville, you might include the Captain Whidbey Inn. See their web site at www.captainwhidbey.com. Not only is it a delightful place to stay (ashore) but they have a nice pier with moorage available and good anchorage in the immediate vicinity. AND their restau...
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NEWS FLASH: Fort Casey Lantern House Project

NEWS FLASH: Fort Casey Lantern House Project The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and WSU Extension of Island County Lighthouse Program invite the public to the dedication of the Admiralty Head Lighthouse lantern house at Fort Casey State Park on Whidbey Island. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 8 at Fort Casey State Park, 1280 South ...
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Undersea Museum at Keyport

Undersea Museum at Keyport Hello, We have been using your guides since 2005 and find them excellent. Just discovered a really cool museum at Keyport, WA that we think should be listed in your guide. It is the Keyport Naval Undersea Museum. There is a Keyport city dock with about 40 feet of free moorage as well as lots of space for dinghys...
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On Using Nexus for Customs

On Using Nexus for Customs We recently cleared into Canada in Vancouver using our NEXUS. Here is what I think is an error in Waggoner. Using the suggestions on page 16 to call in 30 minutes to 4 hours prior to leaving US waters. We called in to the NEXUS number before leaving Point Roberts. When asked for an ETA (which was about 4:30 away, ...
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Friday Harbor Automated Marine Radio Check 

Friday Harbor Automated Marine Radio Check  Your VHF marine radio is a critical piece of safety and communications equipment on your boat, and it only makes sense to know exactly how well your VHF system is working. Radio checks are illegal on channel 16 and often of little value on other channels, since you cannot tell how your transmission actually sounds in ...
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