Crossing Dixon Entrance to Ketchikan, Alaska.

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 19 – Crossing Dixon Entrance to Ketchikan

 Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 19 Crossing Dixon Entrance to Ketchikan Day 19 – Thursday While everyone groaned about the 5 a.m. departure, I told them they would benefit from better weather conditions when crossing Dixon Entrance. The day before, I also told them the weather would be better for a crossing on Thursday rather than Wednesday. One of our boats,…


Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 17 – Prince Rupert

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 17 Prince Rupert Day 17 – Tuesday It was a sunny day with the low snow cap gleaming for the 35 mile run up Grenville Channel after a 6:30 a.m. departure. It is a little bit of a jolt to get back to human habitation. Approaching Prince Rupert, it starts with the commercial docks…

Cow Bay Marina in Prince Rupert.
Items at a marine thrift store.

New Marine Thrift Stores in Port Townsend and Canoe Cove

Marine thrift stores are fun. They are like a treasure hunt each time you visit. The stock changes and you never know what you will find. What happened to all of the second-hand marine stores in the US and BC? Second Wave in Seattle closed due to real estate issues. Pacific Marine Exchange in Bellingham…


Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 16 – Lowe Inlet

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 16 Lowe Inlet Day 16 – Monday The sun appeared for our windless 8 a.m. departure. We left the dock, and as I was putting away fenders and lines, a whale came up 100’ away from me. We ended up stopping to watch the three whales dive for breakfast so close you could…

Boats anchoraged at Lowe Inlet in British Columbia.
The flotilla crew at Bishop Bay Hot Springs.

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 15 – Bishop Bay Hot Springs

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 15 Bishop Bay Hot Springs Day 15 – Sunday On the way up to Princess Royal Channel, we stopped at Butedale and Corry was there to meet us. The new ramp to shore installed in 2016 is a huge improvement, and the docks were good. The new ramp at the Butedale…

Quiet anchorage at Windy Bay.

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 14 – Windy Bay

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 14 Windy Bay Day 14 – Saturday After a rainy night at anchor, we continued north up Mathieson Channel. The rains bring out the most beautiful waterfalls along the way. We cruised up to one of the granddaddy’s of them all at Kynoch Falls. All of the boats posed for pictures…


Don’t Get Tripped-Up by New Shore Power – Updated

As we approached Petersburg, Alaska, with only a few miles remaining northbound on the Wrangell Narrows, we contacted the harbormaster’s office for the night’s moorage. After providing the harbormaster with our vessel’s length and shore power requirements, we were expecting a response with a slip assignment. Instead, the harbormaster asked “are you familiar with ….…

BlueSea ELCI Breaker

Don’t Forget Eastsound

The charming Village of Eastsound, overlooking East Sound. Settled weather is a prerequisite for an overnight anchorage when visiting the village of Eastsound. Wind from the southeast has a long fetch before reaching the head of the body of water named East Sound, bringing with it some uncomfortable rollers. But the village at the head of…


Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 13 – Rescue Bay

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 13 Rescue Bay Day 13 – Friday It rained, and the wind blew through most of the night. I seriously thought we might just stay another day in Shearwater. The weather reports for the inside channels are almost non-existent. Instead, you hear of winds of 20-30 knots on the outside. I…

Waterfalls in Rescue Bay.

Two Weather Courses at the Wooden Boat Festival, Sept. 7

Understanding the weather can make the difference between a pleasant ride and a disaster for you, your family and friends. When boaters are polled about their fears about boating, weather often tops the list. There is a lot of information out there to help you make good weather go or no-go decisions. ~ Lee Chesneau,…


Ruins from the 1800’s at Esquimalt Harbour

After departing Victoria Harbour, we circled around Duntz Head in 20-knot winds to make our way back north into nearby Esquimalt Harbour. The Royal Canadian Navy has a base here, and pleasure craft needs to contact ‘Queens Harbour Master Operations’ on VHF Channel 10 when entering and exiting the harbour between Fisgard Lighthouse and Duntze…

Fisgard Lighthouse at the entrance to Esquimalt Harbour.