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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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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