About Mark Bunzel, Editor and Publisher

Publisher | Editor | Writer | Photographer Mark is the Editor and Publisher of the Waggoner Cruising Guide. He is also the the Publisher at Fine Edge with responsibility for all publishing, business affairs, and marketing as well as the co-author of Cruising the Virgin Islands. Mark’s boating experience began at the age of 15…

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2011 Report #1 from Lagoon Cove Marina

Ever since my forties I’ve said I would work until I was 70. On April 4, a few days before I turned 71, papers were signed and the Waggoner became the property of Mark Bunzel. I’m not completely retired because a number of loose ends remain, but I’m not “working” any more. Mark Bunzel is…

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Cruising the San Juan and Gulf Islands

The best months of the year are ahead of us for cruising in the San Juan and Gulf Islands. We are all ready for a warm summer on the water. The marinas and resorts are also ready for this season and there are many changes to report that just might adjust your cruising plans. In…

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Our Philosophy and Mission

The first edition of the Waggoner Cruising Guide was published in the spring of 1994. The book wasn’t very thick, and it covered only Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, and the Canadian Gulf Islands. It lacked many photos and had only a few maps. Serve the Reader Although its coverage was limited initially, this…

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About the Guide

From south Puget Sound to Ketchikan, Alaska including the west coast of Vancouver Island, this popular annual guide—called the “bible for Northwest cruising”— provides detailed information about marinas, marine parks, fuel docks, U.S./Canada border crossings, customs, VHF radio requirements, and more. Some popular cruising areas covered: Puget Sound (includes Hood Canal) San Juan Islands Canadian…

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Stormbound & Other Anchoring Tales

Northbound at Shearwater this summer, we met Eric (Rick) and Sharl Heller, who live on the east coast but keep their beautiful Sabre 40 sailboat out here for summer vacations. Rick told me about a surprise storm they experienced at Ganges, in the southern Gulf Islands, and promised to send a report. The report begins,…

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Chart Correction for Whiterock Passage

The Waggoner incorrectly warns that the large scale Plans Chart 3537 for Whiterock Passage is drawn on the older NAD 27 horizontal datum.

The new edition of the chart, published April 30, 2004, is drawn on the current NAD 83 horizontal datum.

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Shoaling at Head of Toba Inlet

Local Notice to Mariners cautions that river sediment has extended the shoal areas at the head of Toba Inlet.

Don’t trust your chart.

Trust your depth sounder and your eyes.

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Submerged Cables & Inspections

Here’s a valuable piece of experience sent to us by Fred Triggs. Butchart Gardens–submerged cables 1. On a recent visit to Butchart Gardens cove we noted several vessels anchored between the boats on the buoys with stern ties out. It looked a bit close to us, but what do we know? We anchored in Tod…

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Cruising in the Northwest: Introduction

Cruising in the Northwest offers it all: stunning scenery, breaching whales, secluded anchorages, and urban escapes. From Olympia, Washington and north, you needn’t go far to have an outstanding cruise. Don’t try to pack too much into a limited holiday afloat. Cruising takes time. On any given morning you can be up and out at…

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Geocaching in Canada’s Parks – The Perfect Treasure Hunt!

If you’ve ever enjoyed that thrill of discovery or reveled in the sense of victory when you reach the end of an adventure, you’re in for a treat! Gulf Islands National Park Reserve’s geocache experience is a “treasure hunt for techies.” But you don’t have to be a techie to take part. You, the cacher, will…

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