Our Philosophy and Mission

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,...
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About the Guide

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 p...
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Customs, Chart & Publications, Equipment, Clothing

Customs, Chart & Publications, Equipment, Clothing Customs Customs must be cleared whenever the U.S.-Canada border is crossed, either direction. Generally the process is quick and straightforward, but if the skipper isn’t prepared with the proper information, it can be time-consuming. It is extremely important to follow all the rules, and be polite. While Customs...
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Overview of Destinations

Overview of Destinations South Puget Sound For beauty, cruising in South Puget Sound is similar to cruising the San Juan Islands, except the crowds aren't there. Neither are the restaurants. South Sound has a number of excellent marine parks and several marinas, such as Jarrell’s Cove, Longbranch and Boston Harbor. Plan to enjoy ...
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Victoria, Sooke, Port San Juan & Port Renfrew

Victoria, Sooke, Port San Juan & Port Renfrew Waggoner correspondents Vaughn Ploeger and Rebecca Earnest sent this note. We went cruising recently in our Merit 25 sailboat—draws 4 feet or so. This will probably be more than you ever want to know about Port San Juan and Port Renfrew. But first: Confirming the Waggoner’s 2008 notes on entering Victori...
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Mooring Buoys Removed

Mooring Buoys Removed Mooring Buoy recovery and decommissioning operations have concluded on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. All mooring buoys and associated ground tackle have been removed from Columbia Cove, Klaskish Inlet and Klaskino Anchorage. Four mooring buoys remain in operation at Sea Otter Cove. ...
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Green Cove Marina (Barkley Sound) Report

Green Cove Marina (Barkley Sound) Report Periodically, traveling and exploring new areas you come across a real gem. That happened to us in Barkley Sound this year when we landed on the dock at Green Cove. We met Chris and Tamara Lochhead, the managers of the Green Cove Store. We were warmly welcome on to their small dock (there is room for a couple 50-fo...
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False Creek Fuels Now Open!

False Creek Fuels Now Open! False Creek Fuels Ltd. is a new locally owned and operated company that operates the only marine fuelling facility in False Creek located west of the Burrard Street Bridge (adjacent to the Burrard Civic Marina). Services available for Sailboats, Powerboats, Yachts, Commercial-Fleet & Government-Fleet False Creek ...
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New Rock Charted at Pierce Bay

New Rock Charted at Pierce Bay Canadian Notices to Mariners reports a previously uncharted rock at Pierce Bay, Fitz Hugh Sound. It affects chart 3934 (NAD 83). Add to chart 3934: Rock which covers and uncovers with a drying height of 1 metre 5 decimetres and legend Rep (1998). The location is 51°31'47" N 127°45"40"W....
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Rivers Inlet—It’s a Rock!

Rivers Inlet—It’s a Rock! Canadian Notices to Mariners dated Sept. 27 locates a new rock in Rivers Inlet, Chart 3934. Replace the 5.5 meter sounding at 51°31.40'N/127°40.50'W with the asterisk symbol for rock which covers and covers, with a drying height of 0.4 meters. This rock is in the mouth of the little bay directly east of Welch I...
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