Can You Cruise in a 22-foot Open Bow Cobalt?

I am interested in cruising the Puget Sound, but not sure that our boat is large enough. I have a 22-foot open bow Cobalt, so I not sure how much this will limit my ability to explore. I am from Portland, Oregon and was thinking of planning a weekend trip where we could driving up,…

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Jet Skis (Personal Watercraft) Not Permitted in San Juan Islands

We recently found out (the hard way) that Seadoos are not allowed on San Juan Island. Imagine our shock after travelling from Roche to Friday Harbour and being told by the Coast Guard that they were not allowed. We use our Seadoo as a tender so it was quite surprising. First I’d heard of it.…

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Bruce Short Scope Experience

Dear Bob, In September we anchored at Mittelnatch Island on a calm clear day. The water was so clear that we could actually watch our Bruce anchor deploy, hit the bottom in about 20 feet, flip over, bite, and bury itself. This was startling because we were on only about 2:1 scope (we later paid…

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Not Sure About Anchoring Overnight

Here is an exchange of e-mails that should be helpful to boaters who are unsure about anchoring. Bob, I’m a pretty new boater (4 years experience) with a Bayliner 2556 and a 22 lb. Delta anchor. Although we always prefer mooring buoys to docks, we haven’t yet anchored overnight — but intend to do so…

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Buying a Used Bruce Anchor

Bob: Sadly, we lost our Bruce anchor. Now that the Bruce is no longer being made, what anchor would you pick for 37 ft. trawler. Thanks very much. Sincerely, Barbara Reine Bob’s Response Hi, Barbara, Easy question, not-so-easy answer. One solution would be to look for a used Bruce. Assuming the anchor hasn’t been bent…

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Codville Lagoon Not Completely Bomb-Proof

We anchored way back in the cove of Codville Lagoon this last Saturday night, looking for a bomb-proof hole given the 45 to 50 knot winds forecast. To our surprise, Codville got a fair bit of wind… 30 knots with gusts to 35 blowing right in the entrance and back into the cove at the…

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Great Anchorages for Beginners

I’ve been reading the Waggoner and I took a moment to review your notes on anchoring. I think they are spot on. In my various jobs in our yacht club, I worked to promote anchor-out cruising. I was the first in line and learned life on the hook in the safe company of other members.…

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Fuel (B.C.)

Gulf Islands (South) Poet’s Cove Marina at Bedwell Harbour Slip into the finest anchorage in BC’s Gulf Islands Open year-round, Poets Cove Marina at Bedwell Harbour is rated as one of the top ten anchorages in the Western Hemisphere. With 110 slips, our beautiful jewel of a marina enjoys a peaceful setting within the marine…

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How to Get in Trouble with U.S. Customs

You have to feel sympathy for Terrance Clark. Despite trying to do the right thing, he dug himslf into a deeper and deeper hole. All because he didn’t follow the first rule of clearing customs: No one except the vessel’s master is to leave the boat (or even lounge on the dock) until customs is…

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Summer’s Cruise

We are pleased and privileged to receive each year cruise reports from people who use the Waggoner. Where appropriate, their information is incorporated into the book for all to use. Often, these reports come from people we’ve never met, but who willingly share their experiences with other cruisers. When we get a rant we give…

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Family of Four, Olympia to Scagway and Back, 7-Weeks, 22-Foot Boat

First, let us extend a huge Thank You for such a comprehensive cruising guide. In preparation for our trip this summer, the Waggoner was at the top of our reading list. We just completed a 7-week trip from Olympia, Washington to Skagway, Alaska in our 22-foot aluminum boat, covering 3700 miles in total. I wanted…

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Fun with Boatspeak

This item appeared while I was emptying some old file folders. I don’t know when it came in and as far as I can recall I’ve never met the author. If you know nothing about boats it will seem as reasonable as most of the talk heard around the clubhouse, or the strained saltiness found…

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