San Juan Islands sunset

San Juan Island All to Ourselves – James Island Marine State Park

When reviewing the chart, James Island Marine State Park located southeast of Thatcher Pass in the San Juan Islands looks like a jigsaw puzzle piece pulled right off nearby Decatur Head. The hourglass-shaped, rustic and delightfully unimproved island has all the makings of a gorgeous marine park. During the summer the park is popular with…

TrawlerFest Bremerton Marina

Waggoner News Update: TrawlerFest Boat Show and Seminars Move to Bremerton, WA

After years of being in Anacortes, the TrawlerFest boat show and seminar series are moving 100 miles south to another salty Washington state locale, the City of Bremerton on the Kitsap Peninsula. Dates are May 16-20 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 Bremerton Marina. TrawlerFest is a celebration of the cruising lifestyle with a focus on…


Waggoner Guide News: Eagle Harbor’s Bainbridge Island City Park Dock CLOSED for 2017

Eagle Harbor Waterfront Park & City Dock is one of the most popular year-round destinations for boaters in Puget Sound. Bainbridge Island City Park Dock CLOSED for 2017 In 2017, the Bainbridge Island City Park Dock located on Eagle Harbor will be closed for renovations from May 1 through November 1. The adjacent launch ramp, mobile pump-out,…

Stuff Box Basics

Stuffing Box Basics – Seal the Deal Between the Bilge and Sea

Since the year 2000, most new boats have come equipped with shaft seals that require no packing, but inboard powered boats built before then have traditional stuffing boxes with packing. All stuffing boxes work on the same basic principle: Rings of special wax-impregnated flax packing are wrapped snugly around the prop shaft and stuffed into…


The Oyster & Thistle Restaurant & Pub in La Conner, WA – Regional, Scratch and Classic Fare

While touring La Conner Country Inn, I had the pleasure of meeting the owners of The Oyster & Thistle Restaurant & Pub – Thomas and Danielle Palmer. As we talked, I discovered the pair had been a dynamic restaurateur duo in the Skagit Valley for over twenty years. Some of the names of their previous restaurants…


Nell Thorn Waterfront Bistro & Bar in La Conner, WA – Locally Sourced and Always Delicious

It’s been a couple of years since we’ve written about Nell Thorn Waterfront Bistro & Bar. So, on my recent trip to La Conner, WA, I went there for dinner. Usually, I sit in the bar area because it is first-come-first-serve and has Happy Hour, which is on weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. This time, I sat…