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Canadian Raster Charts Discontinued

Canadian Raster Charts Discontinued

Canadian Raster Charts Discontinued Canadian Hydrographic Services just announced plans to discontinue all of its digital Raster Navigational Charts (RNC) offered in BSB format. The process will be in progressive phases. The first phase will include West Coast charts...

Border Open to Vaccinated U.S. Residents

Border Open to Vaccinated U.S. Residents

The Canadian Government announced that beginning August 9th, permanent residents of the U.S. that are currently residing in the U.S. and have been fully vaccinated will be permitted to enter Canada for non-essential purposes. It was confirmed on Saturday, July 24th,...

Marine Parks Buoy Maintenance – July, August, and September

Marine Parks Buoy Maintenance – July, August, and September

On July 12, 2021, Washington State Parks started a much-needed maintenance project for Marine Park Mooring Buoys. Replacement of anchoring components for park mooring buoys will last for several months, and is one of the most extensive assessment and maintenance...

Jarrell Cove Marine State Park – Mooring Buoys Pilot Program

Jarrell Cove Marine State Park – Mooring Buoys Pilot Program

Field Correspondents Janine & Nick Mott report that State Parks is running a pilot program where boaters can register and pay for Mooring Buoy fees by telephone instead of taking the dinghy to the dock to complete the registration form and payment. Telephone...

Respectful Play, So We Can Stay in Andrews Bay

Respectful Play, So We Can Stay in Andrews Bay

Lovely Andrews Bay on the southwest end of Lake Washington, adjacent to the Seward Park neighborhood, has long been one of the favored destinations on this 22-mile lake, situated between the cities of Kirkland and Bellevue on the eastern shore, and Seattle spanning...

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

Eagle Harbor is the most visited harbor on Bainbridge Island, home to many nice marinas, a waterfront park and public boat dock, and easy walking access to many shops, restaurants, and museums. Cathleen and I have visited many times, but only recently discovered the...

4th of July Fireworks for 2021?

4th of July Fireworks for 2021?

It has been challenging for communities and marinas to make any advance plans to host 4th of July fireworks for 2021 due to the past on-going Covid restrictions for group gatherings, and the need to place advance orders with fireworks suppliers. Only recently did...

New Ownership at Historic Shearwater Resort

New Ownership at Historic Shearwater Resort

Craig Widsten, founder of Shearwater Marine Group, announced that he has sold the assets of his marine business at historic Shearwater Resort. The Marine Division of Shearwater has been sold to Central Coast Marine Services Ltd., owned by Don McNeice. Don plans to...

Boaters Encouraged to be Whale Wise for Orca Action Month

Boaters Encouraged to be Whale Wise for Orca Action Month

After what felt like a very long winter, Puget Sound residents are excited to get out on the water and enjoy the beauty of our region. June is Orca Action Month, a time to celebrate and protect one of our region’s most iconic marine mammals, the Southern Resident...

Be Whale Wise

Be Whale Wise

With boating season kicking off, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), Be Whale Wise and other partners are reminding boaters this season to do their part to follow regulations that support Southern Resident killer whale (SRKW) survival. By following...

Funds for Lakebay Marina Secured – Thank You!

Funds for Lakebay Marina Secured – Thank You!

Waggoner is pleased to announce that RBAW’s request for State grant monies from RCO (Recreation Conservation Office) to purchase the 18-acre property of Lakebay Marina, located in Mayo Cove in South Puget Sound, has met with success. Individual boaters, yacht clubs,...

Are You Prepared to Navigate in Fog?

Are You Prepared to Navigate in Fog?

It's a beautiful spring day in Seattle...the sun is sparkling on the flat calm water of Puget Sound, it's just warm enough that you don't need a jacket and the mountain is out!...how could you ask for anything more??!!  You prepare to leave the dock, disconnect and...

Anacortes Boat & Yacht Spring Sale – May 21 & 22

Anacortes Boat & Yacht Spring Sale – May 21 & 22

The Annual Anacortes Boat & Yacht Spring Sale is back and in-person for 2021. You can enjoy walking the docks and browse over 60 boats that are available for purchase at this open-house, in-water event. Covid protocols will be in-place for safe capacity and...

Kwatsi Bay Marina in the Broughtons – Sold

Kwatsi Bay Marina in the Broughtons – Sold

For many of you, just seeing the words “Kwatsi Bay” in the headlines conjures up a flood of pleasant memories. The sale of Kwatsi Bay is bittersweet. After 25 years of building and managing the Kwatsi Bay Marina, Max Knierim and Anka Fraser deserve a well-earned...

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