Waggoner Guide Flotillas

Alaska Flotilla 2017 – Gathering at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes, WA

All of the Waggoner Guide Flotillas begin with a meet-up in Anacortes, WA. This Saturday, May 20, our crew of cruisers for the first Inside Passage to Alaska Flotilla gathered at Cap Santa Marina for food, drinks (not too many as they leave at o-dark-thirty on Sunday), and to discuss the trip and answer questions.…

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A Fantastic New Portable LED Light Bar from Lunasea Lighting

I recently purchased a Lunasea Portable LED Light Bar for my boat, and I love it. The back stateroom on the boat has always been dark as it only has two small overhead lights. This light bar lights up the whole room and then some. It comes with a metal pad that is screwed into the…

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Lunasea Portable LED Light Bar
Preparing Your Boat

Preparing Your Boat: Are You Ready to Go?

For several weeks now, the migration of cruising yachts headed north has been underway. Here at the Waggoner Cruising Guide Managing Editors Lorena and Leonard Landon left during the middle of last week with an intentional slow start through the San Juan Islands where they continue to test systems on the boat like their new…

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Gulf Islands National Park Reserve – Mosaic of Land, Water and History

The summer sun is beating down on a deliriously lovely tongue of white sand, warming our bare feet. We walk the mile-long half-moon shaped beach; the turquoise waters roll ashore at a relaxing rhythm. It’s easy to imagine we are visiting an atoll somewhere in the South Pacific, but no. We are one mile north…

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Rainbow over Cabbage Island.
Belts for a Boat

Belts and Suspenders – Don’t Neglect Your Engine’s Life Support System

The belts that provide life support to your engine’s accessories, the alternator, auxiliary alternator, raw water pump, and circulator pump will typically provide reliable, trouble-free service, provided they are properly maintained and replaced on a regular schedule. Many boaters neglect this all too important system.  A broken belt is always bad news because when it…

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Waggoner Cruising Guide Cover Story – S/V Misty

Have you ever looked at the Waggoner Cruising Guide cover and wondered, “Is there a story behind the boat?” We are happy to share the story of the quintessential setting of the sailboat in a secluded cove on the cover of the 2017 Waggoner Cruising Guide. Waggoner Cruising Guide Cover Story – S/V Misty She is…

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Waggoner Cruising Guide Cover Photo

Another Side of the San Juan Islands – West Sound Marina

Suffering from a bad case of cabin fever, Arlene and I were in serious need of a spring boat trip, but the weather was predicted for more of the same – overcast sky, 20 to 25 kt. wind. So, with a few hours of break in the wind, we jumped aboard Easy Goin’ and set…

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Cruising the Virgin Islands, Part 5: Relaxing on Norman Island

The only bad news about a Virgin Islands charter vacation is that at some point it ends. Because time seems to fly by so quickly, I always recommend a nine to ten-day charter (minimum) in the Caribbean. Why? It takes one to two days at the start of the trip to slow down and re-learn…

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Rosario Resort & Spa – New Docks, New Marina Configuration and Much More

Cruising northwest in Orcas Island’s East Sound, the white Moran Mansion of Rosario Resort & Spa comes into view off in the distance and grows larger as you approach. The grand century-old mansion turned hotel resort was built as the private residence of Seattle shipbuilder and two-time Seattle mayor Robert Moran. Located approximately 80-miles north…

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NEW: Tacoma’s Downtown to Defiance Trolley Starts This Summer 2017!

This summer, it will be easier for boaters to explore Tacoma’s Point Defiance with the NEW Downtown to Defiance trolley route. Service on this route will run from June 2 through September 3, 2017. The hours have not be finalized, but most likely will be Friday thru Sunday from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm, every 30 minutes.…

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Downtown Tacoma

Too Many Family and Business Obligations to Go Cruising?

A floatplane flight can take you from Seattle or Renton directly to your boat in 3 to 4 hours. It is painful to hear someone or a cruising couple say “We are going to hold off on a long trip this summer. We have too many obligations at home, or with family.” I have the…

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Art, History and a Whole Lot of Spark in Bellingham, WA

Need a little color and flair in your life? What about a tour through history, or a chance to see birds up close? Maybe, you are like me and after a dreary winter need a serious jolt of some mind-blowing electricity? If so, plan to cruise to Bellingham, WA. On my recent trip to the Hotel…

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