Gear Reviews & Tips

Unless you own a mega yacht, space is at a premium on your boat and there are lots of options to sort through. Don’t leave shore without the right gear for the right purpose so that you can enjoy your time on the water. With much more in the Waggoner Cruising Guide book, we’ve got plenty of tips and reviews on marine gear to get you started.

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Cortex – The Smart Way To Go

We have been using the new Cortex features during several shake-down cruises, and Cortex has been monitoring our boat for several weeks.

There is more to BOUNCE

Years ago, the U.S. Postal service sent out a message to all letter carriers to put a sheet of Bounce in their uniform pockets to keep yellow-jackets away. Some use Bounce all the time when playing baseball and soccer. The insects just veer around you. All...

Second-Hand Marine Supply Shops

At the Marine Supply and Hardware store in Anacortes, the early 1900’s blends nicely with 2019; the store continues to thrive as one of the oldest marine hardware stores in the country. Both the business and the building are over a hundred years old, but...

Magnetic North is on the Move!! (and why we shouldn’t worry)

Should we worry that the Magnetic North is on the Move?  Recently the news media is full of alarming reports that the Earth’s magnetic field is rapidly changing. Some suggest that this is the precursor to a complete reversal of the magnetic poles, during which the...

Backup camera for boaters

Backup cameras for boaters, a simple solution. When recently upgrading electronics on our boat, we considered adding video cameras, to be connected into the new chartplotter. The priority was to add a camera on the stern, allowing us to see what might be...

The Best Toilet Paper For Your Boat

According to a recent study by Charmin, the average consumer uses 8.6 sheets per trip to the washroom, that’s a total of 57 sheets per day with a typical roll lasting five days. A marine head can be a finicky thing, and more than one has fallen prey to a...

Stay in Reach with DeLorme inReach

Several years ago we replaced our satellite phone and SPOT 3 Satellite GPS Tracker with a DeLorme inReach Explorer Two-Way Satellite Communicator with Built-in Navigation. The DeLorme inReach takes satellite tracking/messaging to the next level with...

Grand Banks – The Beginning

Grand Banks - how it all got started. Marketing departments love legend. What better way to instill a sense of value in a product than a story of an inspired young person studying naval architecture in the evenings while apprenticing with a master...

Does Meguiar’s Canvas Cleaner Really Work?

Does Meguiar’s Canvas Cleaner Really Work? I love it when I find a product that actually works.  Last weekend I tried Meguiar's M5826 Marine All Purpose Cleaner to spruce up the white zippers on my canvas. There was a small leak in the winter cover and the...

The Miggo Strap and Wrap for your binoculars

The Miggo Strap and Wrap The Miggo Strap and Wrap, I think this is another clever idea, a strap that doubles as a case for your binoculars. On my boat, the binoculars and the case are very rarely ever together.  The Miggo Strap & Wrap is made of light,...

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