Alaska Flotilla Day 3

Day 3 – Alaska Flotilla 2017 – Morning in Silva Bay, BC

Day 2 of the Alaska Flotilla. First Mate Margaret Pommert’s videos of their morning in Silva Bay, B.C.


Go HERE to check out more of Margaret’s cruising reports.

You can also follow the Flotilla to Alaska with Mark Bunzel on AIS. Boat Name, Sea Raven – MMSI number 367492390.

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Day 1 – Alaska Flotilla 2017 – Through the Fog and up to Salt Spring Island

This weekend kicked off our first Waggoner Cruising Guide Flotilla. After gathering on Saturday night, the flotilla left Cap Sante Marina on May 21, at o-dark-thirty Sunday morning and headed to Salt Spring Island. Here are some images and video from First Mate, Margaret Pommert. The fog bank in Guemes Channel is hiding six flotilla boats.…


Cruising Angler – Beneath the Hull is Mother Nature’s Refrigerator

A freshly caught salmon on the barbecue or a pot heavy with crab or prawns are what fulfills many Northwest boater’s dreams. Add to that discovering a beach full of clams, mussels or tasty oysters and the cruising life doesn’t get much better. Whether you favor Dungeness crab, fresh-caught salmon or lingcod, mussels or oysters,…

Cruising Updates

Cruising Updates for 2017

Our team is out on the water and reporting as they go, providing cruisers with the most recent updates. On-The-Water Cruising Updates for 2017 (This list will be ongoing and added as reports come in. The most recent update will be at the top of each location.) Swinomish Channel Closures July through November 2017 Alert…


San Juan Islands 2017 Updates

San Juan Islands 2017 Updates Swinomish Channel Closures July through November 2017 Alert to boaters planning to travel through the Swinomish Channel in the 2017 summer/fall season.  Due to work on the Railroad Bridge at the north end of the channel, the bridge will rotate to close and the Swinomish Channel will be closed to…

Waggoner Guide Flotillas

Alaska Flotilla 2017 – Gathering at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes, WA

All of the Waggoner Guide Flotillas begin with a meet-up in Anacortes, WA. This Saturday, May 20, our crew of cruisers for the first Inside Passage to Alaska Flotilla gathered at Cap Santa Marina for food, drinks (not too many as they leave at o-dark-thirty on Sunday), and to discuss the trip and answer questions.…


A Fantastic New Portable LED Light Bar from Lunasea Lighting

I recently purchased a Lunasea Portable LED Light Bar for my boat, and I love it. The back stateroom on the boat has always been dark as it only has two small overhead lights. This light bar lights up the whole room and then some. It comes with a metal pad that is screwed into the…

Lunasea Portable LED Light Bar
Preparing Your Boat

Preparing Your Boat: Are You Ready to Go?

For several weeks now, the migration of cruising yachts headed north has been underway. Here at the Waggoner Cruising Guide Managing Editors Lorena and Leonard Landon left during the middle of last week with an intentional slow start through the San Juan Islands where they continue to test systems on the boat like their new…


Gulf Islands National Park Reserve – Mosaic of Land, Water and History

The summer sun is beating down on a deliriously lovely tongue of white sand, warming our bare feet. We walk the mile-long half-moon shaped beach; the turquoise waters roll ashore at a relaxing rhythm. It’s easy to imagine we are visiting an atoll somewhere in the South Pacific, but no. We are one mile north…

Rainbow over Cabbage Island.
Belts for a Boat

Belts and Suspenders – Don’t Neglect Your Engine’s Life Support System

The belts that provide life support to your engine’s accessories, the alternator, auxiliary alternator, raw water pump, and circulator pump will typically provide reliable, trouble-free service, provided they are properly maintained and replaced on a regular schedule. Many boaters neglect this all too important system.  A broken belt is always bad news because when it…


Don’t Get Tripped-Up by New Shore Power

As we approached Petersburg, Alaska, with only a few miles remaining northbound on the Wrangell Narrows, we contacted the harbormaster’s office for the night’s moorage.  After providing the harbormaster with our vessel’s length and shore power requirements, we were expecting a response with a slip assignment.  Instead, the harbormaster asked “are you familiar with ….…

BlueSea ELCI Breaker