From my private balcony at the La Conner Channel Lodge, I take in the pastel painted sunset as it dances across the Swinomish Channel. To my right, are glimpses of the south basin guest moorage docks at La Conner Marina. Even on a chilly winter day, boats are docked at the marina which is only a…Details
There is nothing better than being out on the water. My boating routine kicks in and it’s like a natural high washes over me. My understanding of the weather and the sounds of the boat become second nature. I’m dazzled by breathtaking sunrises and amazed by colorful sunsets. I thoroughly enjoy every bit of my time…Details
The aroma of brewing coffee filled the cabin as we enjoyed the morning sunlight on board our boat Easy Goin’ moored on a buoy in Eagle Harbor on the east side of Cypress Island. Although there are few anchorages on this island, it’s one of the last undeveloped spots to visit in the San Juans and…Details
This winter it’s time to update one of most popular cruising guides in the Virgin Islands, Cruising the Virgin Islands. In mid-February, we are headed to the Virgin Islands and have chartered a MarineMax 382 with three cabins and lots of living and entertaining space. We will take a tour of the boat for you…Details
It’s late afternoon, and I’m chilling on the red brick porch connected to my room at the Waterfront Inn in Gig Harbor, Washington. Twenty feet away is the shoreline with boats and a few seals cruising through the water. There is also a shared over-the-water-deck with plenty of lounging chairs and a dock with kayaks and one sailboat.…Details
For many of us, there’s nothing more pleasurable than sitting at anchor in a secluded cove in southeast Alaska, or on the northern British Columbia coast. Many of us do just that every year, cruising for two to five months at a time. But what if you are new to diesel motors and/or extended cruising.…Details
With the holidays upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those who have helped continue to make the Waggoner Cruising Guide a success.
We are truly grateful for your support and wish you safe seas and a joyous holiday season!
Sincerely, The Waggoner Cruising Guide Team
After seeing the menu in the Starlight Lounge at the Rose Theater, I put the Silverwater Cafe on my dining list for my next trip to Port Townsend, WA. The cafe has been a thriving Port Townsend restaurant for 27 years. In a small town, that means they are doing something right. The restaurant had humble…Details
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On a fall trip to the town of Poulsbo, I stopped by the Poulsbo Maritime Museum. The museum opened a little over a year ago, and its exhibits focus on Poulsbo’s maritime history, fishing, boat building, the oyster industry, local characters, and of course, boats. They also have a maritime library that can be used on-site…Details
For many boaters, an enjoyable facet of cruising is the planning process. The holidays are over. It’s the middle of winter, and the thought of a summer cruise tends to brighten those gray and damp Pacific Northwest days. Planning a successful summer cruise can not only brighten the winter months, but it also takes the…Details
Cruising the Inside Passage to Southeast Alaska The Waggoner Guide Flotilla 1 for Cruising the Inside Passage to Alaska, May 20 – June 10th is now full. For anyone who wants to be part of this flotilla we can put you on the “Standby Waiting List.” For more details – Click Here The Waggoner Guide…Details
In the San Juan Islands, holiday celebrations are a blend of small town sensibility harkening back to a simpler time with the creative energy of communities rich with tradition and talent. It’s an ideal time to leave the malls and crowds behind and jump on the boat and experience the holidays San Juan Island style. From…Details
The off-season cruising months offer a respite with deserted anchorages and unoccupied marine park docks. There’s no jockeying required at the fuel dock, and wildlife is unencumbered by the usual steady stream of boats. It’s their domain now. The keys to making the most of off-season cruising are: Let the weather rule Self-sufficiency Staying Dry…Details
Tides Tavern in Gig Harbor, WA has won a lot of awards. In 2016, South Sound Magazine voted it the Best Outdoor Dining, and in 2015 and 2014 King 5’s “Best of Western Washington,” gave it the same honor. The restaurant has also won best lunch, best bar, and been included in top ten seafood shacks at Relish.com,…Details
The Maritime Inn has a very fitting name. It is steps away from Skansie Brothers Netshed, the former home of local fisherman Lee Makovich, and each room honors a historic vessel that operated in Gig Harbor like the Wollochet, the Eagle, and the Shenandoah. For boaters who want a night ashore, or who have friends and family joining…Details
As one of the San Juan Islands’ “Boundary Islands,” Matia Island (pronounced Ma-TEE-ah) is visited by thousands of recreational boaters each year. The island is incredibly beautiful and has a sense of adventure. It seems to floats on the waters of the Strait of Georgia, east of the boundary between the United States and Canada…Details
As a boater, taking a boat tour, might not be high on your recreational to-do list. But, as I recently discovered with Destiny Harbor Tours, a professional boat tour can bring to life the history, culture, and lifestyle of a maritime destination. When looking for a boat tour, I suggest looking for a cruise that highlights…Details
Sharing the joy of the cruising lifestyle with family and friends is incredibly rewarding. It brings people closer together and provides opportunities to learn new skills, enjoy nature, and have fun in a relaxed environment on the water. And, most importantly you don’t need a second stateroom on your boat to invite overnight guests…Details