Garsh, Shucks

Especially at the Seattle Boat Show, many boaters stop to tell us how much they appreciate the Waggoner. Here’s a note that just came in that sums up what we hear. A little praise goes a long way. Subject: All I can say is “thanks” and “wow” After relying on the Waggoner since 2002, I…

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Thank You!

My wife and I began boating four years ago. We met you and your wife at the Seattle Boat Show when we purchased the guide. We have a 25-foot Maxxum cruiser and already want to step up to a larger boat with a flybridge. What I really wanted to say is thank you for all…

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Crossing Queen Charlotte Sound (Cape Caution)

I have purchased your Waggoner Cruising Guide for the last two years. As a matter of fact, I met you at the Vancouver Boat Show last year. I have made many trips from Campbell River, up Johnstone Strait, into Port Hardy and to the Broughton Island area. My boat is a 28′ Harborcraft named “Babu”.…

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Cruise Planning—From Los Angeles!

This was correspondence from August, 2007 that got buried. It contains some good information. Bob, I want to sincerely thank you for your 2007 web site cruise reports. The human interest part that you add to each week’s entry makes it that much more special. I will expand my cruising horizons to visit those places.…

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Letter from Port Hardy

Hi Bob, Just to let you know we are on our way to SE Alaska. We left Anacortes May 4th and had ideal conditions for a few days and then winter came back for a few. Now it’s nice again. So far, all is pretty normal except for our first attempt to round Cape Caution.…

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Notes on an Early-May Cruise

Hi Bob, Jay Niederhauser & Westerly here. Just returned from a three-week trip: Edmonds/Sucia Island/Vancouver/Indian Arm/Nanaimo/Chemainus/Princess Cove/Ganges/Glenthorne Passage/Sidney/Friday Harbor/Fisherman’s Bay/LaConner/Edmonds. Attached is a picture of weather conditions experienced in Indian Arm. The reason for this email: U.S. Customs at Friday Harbor did not ask for, and did not want the Canadian trip permit number. The…

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NOAA Weather Reports, Web Cams

I was reviewing the Waggoner’s advice on crossing Juan de Fuca and found it to be very helpful. I would like to add my own tip for those who have one of the newer cell phones that surfs the net. You can add the specific NOAA pages to your favorites and pull up the information…

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New Boat, New Boater, Vacation Ahead

Great website, I find it really helpful. I have very little boating experience, having just bought an 18.5 foot open bow runabout. In August we are taking a week’s vacation on Hornby Island in the Strait of Georgia. I plan to trailer the boat there and use it around the island, finding small beaches and…

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First San Juan Trip

My family and I are leaving Everett, WA on Friday July 18th in route to Lopez Island. We hope to make it through slack tide at Deception pass around 11:15am, and our final destination is Fisherman Bay on Lopez. I have been looking for online resources and reading some books about the trip, but I…

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Water in the Broughtons

Hi to all, Do you know if the “new” Pierre’s has water available for visiting boaters? We will be cruising the Broughtons in September without a water maker, so we’re trying to plan the trip. Thanks! Karen Minkus Response Hi, Karen, Pierre’s, as with the other marinas in the Broughtons, has a “boil water advisory”…

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From Puget Sound to the San Juan Islands

My wife and I recently purchased your 2008 cruising guide. It is an excellent source of information. I know you are a very busy person, but we just wanted to ask your advice on an upcoming trip we are planning in our 2007 Campion. I have gone from Anacortes to Friday Harbor before. We are…

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The Safest Way From South Pender Island to Tumbo Island

We recently purchased one of only three single-engine Tolly 43’s that were built. We’re taking it on our first long trip and want to drop by Tumbo Island at the south end of the Canadian Gulf Islands. We will be coming out of South Pender Island and would like your advice on the best approach.…

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