Rounding Cape Scott

We are regular visitors to your web site and have every edition of Waggoner since 2003! What a great resource for PNW boaters. Thank you. We are planning to circumnavigate Vancouver Island counter clockwise with our Meridian 411 early next summer. I have a question I am hoping you can help with. Waggoner (and other…

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New Boater in Old Boat to Alaska?

We’ve recently purchased Bonaroo, a 1977 Bayliner Victoria 2750, 350 Volvo Penta Duoprop. Our cruising experience has been limited to one week in the San Juans on our 17′ Arima Sea Ranger. We’ve been toying with the idea of cruising to Ketchikan. My son Mark is in charge of the USCG search and rescue detachment…

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Which Tolly for Retirement Cruising?

Love the Waggoner guide, which is our onboard bible. I especially enjoy the sidebars, which are often so beautifully written. I am emailing to see if you have time to answer some newbie questions on Tollycraft vessels. We are looking at moving up from a 1991 3288 Bayliner to a larger twin diesel boat. Our…

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Moisture

I have a 41′ Fraser, currently living aboard. Am having water/humidity/mold problems. Would a dehumidifier be a solution? Stephen Davison Nanaimo Response Hi, Stephen, A dehumidifier certainly would help, but dehumidifiers deal with the effects of excessive moisture in the boat, not the causes. Broad brush, the real solution is to replace high-humidity inside air…

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Tollycraft Purchase

This correspondence applies to all boat purchases, not just one particular brand. After much research, I am sold on the fact that I am going to buy a Tollycraft boat. After that, I am confused about which model to pursue. I would be perfectly happy with the 26′ Tolly, but my wife likes the idea…

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Shore Power in British Columbia

Bob, I’m so glad you’re in business. It is nice to have someone answer questions. Does British Columbia have the same shore power as the US? Do I use the adapter etc. as in the US? Thanks, and I’m buying your 2007 guide. Mark Response Hi, Mark, Good news. Canada and the U.S. have the…

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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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