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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Mayday Wake-Up Call

On a windy morning in Canada’s northern Gulf Islands my wife and I heard a Mayday call from a 50-foot boat taking on water in the Strait of Georgia, about 10 miles north of our location. They reported a family of four and a dog aboard. We were glued to the radio as the Coast…

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Broken Down on the North Coast

Once past the major population centers, cruisers are on their own. Or are they? Over the years we’ve heard many stories of problems that were dealt with when the whole coast came together to help when help was needed. This does not relieve boaters from being prepared, but even well-prepared boats can’t have everything. Dave…

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Cruise of the Sassy Cat

We just completed our 5th annual cruise north from Seattle in our sailboat, using Waggoner’s of course. I thought I’d pass on some things we learned/experienced this year for your consideration. Sequim We anchored at the state park in Sequim during the second week of August on a Saturday night—it was cloudy, and a bit…

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Many Lessons from One Event

This happened at Montague Harbour. We had launched our skiff after successfully completing a “Team Building & Communications Exercise” (read successfully hooking a mooring buoy on the first pass) on a beautiful sunny afternoon when our daughter Molly’s Significant Other (S.O.) shouted, “That guy just fell in the water!” About 50 yards across the crowded…

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Exploring the Inside Passage

Thank you for the great job you have done creating the Waggoner Cruising Guide. In 2008 I was given a copy as a boat warming gift for my purchase of a Miller 28 sailboat in Bellingham. With that, and an old Hobie Cat stripped of its sailing gear in tow with a rowing shell and…

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Alaska and Back

Jennifer and James Hamilton, authors of our sister publication Cruising the Secret Coast, replaced their 40-foot Bayliner with a very carefully thought out 52-foot Nordhavn, and took the new boat to Alaska. Their blog, noted below, is an inspiration. Read, view and enjoy. Hi Bob, Well—we survived our trip. Actually we more than survived—we had…

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B.C. Lighthouse De-staffing Considered (Again)

The Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) sent an alert that on extremely short notice, the Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans would be in B.C., holding hearings on a proposal to de-staff coastal lighthouses. This proposal was considered in 2009, but postponed after loud protests. Now it’s back again. Although I cannot attend the hearings, I…

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2011 Report #5 from Prideaux Haven to Seattle

About weather forecasts Weather forecasts can be wrong. The forecast for the northern Strait of Georgia was for light winds, maybe 10 knots. And that’s what we found when we left Prideaux Haven, southbound to Pender Harbour. That’s what it was when we passed Lund, and Powell River/Westview, and even when we were halfway down…

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2011 Report #4 from Port Hardy to Prideaux Haven

Port Hardy Port Hardy is at the top of Vancouver Island. It’s mainly a fishing town these days, large seine boats, gillnetters. Also sport fishing boats. They catch a lot of fish out of Port Hardy, big ones, too. Downtown, if you can call it that, is a line of one- and two-story storefront buildings,…

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