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Large Lock Closed for Annual Maintenance – Ballard Locks

Large Lock Closed for Annual Maintenance – Ballard Locks

On November 9th, the large lock is scheduled to be closed to marine traffic from 6 a.m. through November 24 until 4 p.m. for annual maintenance. The small lock will be available to vessels up to 120 feet long and 26 feet wide during the large lock closure period....

Lake Washington Ship Canal – Railroad Drawbridge Notice

Lake Washington Ship Canal – Railroad Drawbridge Notice

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) needs to perform rail work on the Salmon Bay Railroad Bridge that crosses the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The rail drawbridge will remain in the closed-to-navigation position to allow safe rail maintenance from...

Rendezvous – Your Shape, Your Make

Rendezvous – Your Shape, Your Make

Boats are like members of the family; we love them and care for them. No matter what make or model, we endear ourselves to them and know all their characteristics – how they handle under different sea conditions, what they need to perform at their best, and the joys...

Waggoner Weekly Webcast Moving to a New Format in January

Waggoner Weekly Webcast Moving to a New Format in January

The Waggoner Guide is moving to a new format and schedule for Thursday night shows starting in January. We are taking the next three months off to remodel the Seattle Boat Show LIVE format, with presentations restarting on Thursday, January 6th. “We started Seattle...

Solar Powered Boat – Record Setting Journey to Southeast Alaska

Solar Powered Boat – Record Setting Journey to Southeast Alaska

David and Alex Borton completed a 1,400-mile voyage to Alaska under 100 percent solar power, the very first recorded voyage of its kind. Their 27-foot Solar Sal boat, named Wayward Sun, has 1700 watts of Solbian solar panels on her roof, and six Torqeedo lithium...

Waggoner Seminars and Cruisers College Classes Return

Waggoner Seminars and Cruisers College Classes Return

We are back – or at least our seminars are!!!  We had to hold back on our seminar programs during the height of the Covid pandemic. Waggoner and Cruisers College are back with a full schedule of seminars for this fall, and more to come next spring. The off-season is...

Vaccine Cards Required in British Columbia

Vaccine Cards Required in British Columbia

Effective September 13, those born on or before 2009 must have at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and be fully vaccinated by October 24 in order to enter certain businesses and attend ticketed events in British Columbia. By order of the Provincial Health...

Seattle Harbor Patrol in Jeopardy

Seattle Harbor Patrol in Jeopardy

Washington State Counties and Cities fund Marine Harbor Patrols, which work in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard, providing enforcement, search and rescue, and other services. Marine Patrols help investigate water-related accidents, ensure boater safety by...

Canada Marine Border Points Open – Updated with Latest Info.

Canada Marine Border Points Open – Updated with Latest Info.

CBSA has officially announced the relaxed August 9th entry provisions for vaccinated Americans at Marine entry points in addition to the previously announced arrival by Land and Air.  CBSA Marine (Private Boat) Border Entry Points Open August 9th: Canadian Border...

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...

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...

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