My husband and I, who live on Puget Sound and own a 27-foot power boat, are huge fans of the Waggoner Cruising Guide. We were first introduced to it when we took a 2-week cruise with friends on their 60-foot pilothouse trawler from Port Angeles to Ketchikan. Since we spend a week cruising the San Juan islands in our 27-foot boat every summer, and numerous shorter trips in Puget Sound, we bought our own copy. Soon we were expanding our cruises to the Canadian Gulf Islands for two weeks instead of only one. We certainly consider the Waggoner Guide to be our cruising bible, and it has never steered us wrong. We’ve learned many valuable tips, consult it, in detail, each day before we go to our next destination, as well as along the way throughout the day.
Finally, after several years of using our Waggoner Guide, we have found one, ONLY ONE, suggestion for an addition to the Guide. Last week while docked at Thetis Island we decided we wanted to make a trip to Princess Louisa Inlet for the first time. Our fuel tank is only 70 gallons, and at our normal cruising speed, this would not allow us to make it from Egmont to Princess Louisa Inlet and back. We ran a “test” by cruising 40 miles at 7.5 knots instead of our normal faster speed, re-fueled, calculated our fuel consumption, and discovered we doubled our mpg by slowing our speed by half—so Princess Louisa Inlet here we come!!! So here’s the suggestion: we read that Jervis Inlet was 46 miles each way, but it wasn’t clear to us where the beginning and end of that 46 miles was. We really wanted to know the actual distance from the last fueling spot (Egmont) to the end of Princess Louisa Inlet, and couldn’t find that information in the Cruising Guide. It would have helped us figure out, and feel confident about our decision, with regard to making the trip or not. After our “test”, we decided it was safe to make the trip and we’d probably arrive back in Egmont with 1/3 fuel tank remaining, which is exactly what happened, but it would have been less stressful to know the exact distance before we left. Yes, we had charts, but weren’t as trusting of our calculations as we’d have been of yours!!! For what it’s worth, our GPS indicated it was 39.7 miles one way from Egmont to the dock at the head of Princess Louisa Inlet.
We loved Princess Louisa Inlet despite having a seaplane run into our boat as it tried to depart the dock. Fortunately, the damage done was fairly minor and the pilot gave us $500 cash and told us to get in touch if we needed more for repairs when we got back home. We’ll see how that works out.
Thank you again for the very valuable service your book provides to boaters in the Northwest. We love it and will continue to buy a Waggoner’s Guide every year as long as we continue cruising, which we hope will be a couple more decades.
Happy cruising and publishing to you,
Cathryn Rice (and husband Bob)
Cathryn and Bob,
Thank you for your comments.
I agree with your comments about adding mileage tables. We will be adding mileage tables in the 2012 Waggoner Cruising Guide.
We also have an excellent set of mileage charts in our Fine Edge book, Local Knowledge. It is one of those books I end up referring to every day while cruising. I cruise at 7.5 knots in a pocket trawler, so mileage is also important to me.
This summer I also experimented with finding backeddys to add a few free knots. or to avoid a current, such as Discovery Passage above Seymour Narrows.
Thanks again for your comments.
Editor & Publisher