Waggoner Guide Flotillas

For the trip of a lifetime — join us for a guided flotilla and travel with experienced leaders, have fun with the group, and expand your boating knowledge.

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Where would you like to cruise to?

Desolation Sound Southeast Alaska

Desolation Sound is a place of extraordinary beauty. And, it is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most dreamed-about and sought-after cruising destinations. Desolation Sound offers a wilderness setting, generally easy waters, many bays and coves to explore, tranquility, and more.

For adventurous cruisers, try the holy grail of Pacific Northwest cruising: the Inside Passage to Alaska. The scenery is magnificent and the experience is once-in-a-lifetime. Cruise to Southeast Alaska on our yearly flotilla to Ketchikan every May.

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(425) 780-5015

Email Us

waggonercruisingguide@gmail.com

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Desolation Sound Seminar Cruising to SE Alaska Seminar

About waggoner cruising guide flotillas

For years, we have successfully led flotillas covering majestic Desolation Sound, the enchanting Broughton Archipelago, and the inspiring Inside Passage to SE Alaska. Our experienced flotilla leaders help educate participants along the way on topics as diverse as selecting weather windows, timing passage through the tidal rapids, anchoring, managing a stern tie for your boat and route planning.

Flotilla cruising is also about making new friends and sharing the experience with a small group of like-minded cruisers. It’s wine tasting in Ganges, soaking in hot springs, and enjoying happy hour on the dock.

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Cruise of a lifetime

Desolation Sound

Anacortes, WA to Anacortes, WA
(with a turn around at Gorge Harbour, BC)

Cost $2,250.00

Dates:  2021 TBD

 

Anacortes, WA to Anacortes, WA
(with a turn around at Gorge Harbour, BC)

Cost $2,250.00

Dates:  2021 TBD

We are planning a Desolation Sound flotilla for June for 2 weeks, depending on the border situation and Covid.

There will be an alternate plan for this flotilla to stay south of the border and travel to the South Puget Sound if the border is still not open. If you are interested please email Mark at mark.bunzel@gmail.com and we will provide more details.

This trip leaves from Anacortes, WA and takes you to the best Desolation Sound marinas and anchorages. Designed for those who want a guided trip and ideal for those on a 2-week charter, or with limited vacation time. It Includes key cruising guides for the trip, the Waggoner Cruising Guide, Ports and Passes Tides & Current Guide, and other great cruising guides.

To prepare for the Flotilla, sign up for our one-day course on Cruising to Desolation Sound at Cruisers College at the Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221.  Date to be announced sometime in April of 2020.

Flotilla to SE Alaska

The Inside Passage to Alaska
(Anacortes, WA to Ketchikan, AK)

Cost $TBD

Disclaimer: This cruise is subject to change depending on Covid and the border. Please watch for details 

We continue to get requests for our updated plans for Waggoner Flotillas for 2021. The best we can do is work on multiple plans until we know if the Canadian border will be open. Many of the planned participants for the cancelled 2020 Flotillas still want to go as soon as the border is open. We are setting up multiple plans depending on the status of the border. Meanwhile we are staying in touch with the Canadian authorities on a contingency plan if the border is closed due to Covid restrictions.

We plan to leave for Ketchikan on May 10 with 10-12 boats from Anacortes or Victoria.

For Alaska we have 3 alternative plans depending on the status of the Canadian border:

Plan A – Assumes the border is open we will leave on our typical itinerary with a 20-day passage from Anacortes to Ketchikan.

Plan B – Assumes the border is closed to a recreational trip through Canada, we will plan for a transit delivery of all boats leaving from Victoria on May 10. We will only anchor for remote nightly stops and fuel stops in Port McNeill, Shearwater and Prince Rupert. Only the Captain can step off the boat for fuel and water. Boats will carry all provisions for the transit. About 6-8 long cruising days are planned to Ketchikan on an approved floatplan with deviations only for weather. Protocol will include Covid testing for all participants before departure from the US. Some participants we hope will have been vaccinated. We will be looking for pre-approval from CBSA for this plan to deliver the boats to Ketchikan with owners and crew. The Flotilla will continue a planned cruise to Wrangell, Petersburg and Juneau stopping at the glaciers and a few of the scenic locations such as Pybus Cove. This trip will be about 22 days to Juneau. There will be some optional extensions to this flotilla itinerary including a mid-summer return trip to Anacortes and down the coast to San Francisco.

Plan C – Assumes the border is closed and we will look for a weather window for multiple boats to cruise offshore, off the Canadian coast to Ketchikan with round the clock cruising. All boats will need crew capable of round the clock cruising. This plan is only open to those boats with the fuel capacity and crew for this non-stop offshore passage.

This cruise is subject to the protocols required by health authorities in Alaska for border entry.

Please register with the Waggoner office your interest in the above trips or through Mark’s email at mark.bunzel@gmail.com.

The Waggoner lead boat for the 2021 Alaska flotilla trip will be a 65’ Marquis with a mechanic/engineer on board. Plans B + C are ambitious trips and we will be selective on the vessels and crew approved to join these flotillas.

We are planning a 2-day seminar in March for cruising to Alaska which will be held online or in-person in Anacortes depending on the status of Covid restrictions.

This 750 mile, 3-week cruise stops at many of the most popular destinations in the Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast, Desolation Sound, The Broughtons, and Northern BC before concluding in Ketchikan, AK. About 2/3rds of the stops are at marinas and 1/3rd are anchorages. The focus of this trip is a safe, comfortable, fun, and educational passage. We focus on teaching weather and the currents to participants so they’re prepared for further exploration in Southeast Alaska and their return trip.

Includes key cruising guides for the trip, the Waggoner Cruising Guide, Ports and Passes Tide and Current Guide, along with other great planning books.

The longest cruising day is about 70 nautical miles over 10 hours, though the average day is about half that long. We plan stops for fuel, water, provisions and laundry, and sightseeing along the way. Whale and bear sightings are not unusual. Waterfalls line the passages and add to the mountain scenery in the beautiful anchorages. This is the trip of a lifetime with memories and new friendships made along the way.

To request more information on any of these trips – Call us at 425-780-5015 or email us at waggonercruisingguide@gmail.com

Thank you for your interest in a Waggoner Guide Flotilla. 

For years, we have successfully led flotillas. Our experienced flotilla leaders help educate participants along the way on topics as diverse as selecting weather windows, timing passage through the tidal rapids, anchoring, managing a stern tie for your boat and route planning.

Please fill out out the form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Disclaimer: Filling out the form does not guarantee a spot in the flotilla. This form is for inquiry purposes only. We will then contact you, we may then send documents with information and requirements, such as, insurance. Upon return of the documents there may be a follow-up and determination of qualifications and experience before acceptance into the flotilla. Once excepted, participants will be invoiced with a deposit of 50% required upon receipt of the invoice with the balance due approximately two months before the flotilla leaves.

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What To Expect

The experience begins long before departure. We start with telephone briefings soon after you sign up and send mechanical checklists to make sure your boat is ready. Then, we present a 2 to 3-day seminar that takes you through the entire experience, including places to visit after the flotilla portion of the trip concludes. As the cruising guide and tide and current guide experts, we provide a complete library of books and briefing maps for the trip.

What else is included in the experience?

  • We coordinate all moorage and plan special events.
  • We closely monitor the weather.
  • We provide daily briefings, in person and in writing, with information on the planned route, weather forecasts, relevant tide and current information, and notable local history.
  • We monitor a preselected VHF channel 24/7, and quickly respond to questions or issues participants have.
  • And using our connections along the coast, we can help arrange for expedited repairs or shipments of spare parts if needed.

What’s not included?

  • Moorage
  • Meals out, and gratuities are not included and are paid by each individual vessel.

Joining us on a flotilla was Three@Sea. Watch their video and journey with them as they experienced a cruise worth remembering.

In 2015, local liveaboards and Pacific NW Boater creators Darren and Lisa O’Brien joined us for our “Best of the Broughtons” flotilla. They wrote this article about their experience for Cruising Outpost magazine. We enjoyed reading their perspective on the trip!