Make it Museum Day

Make it a Museum Day in La Conner, WA

For such a small town, La Conner has a wealth of art and museums. Museum of Northwest Art Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum (Formerly La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum) Skagit County Historical Museum The Norwester Museum Tour And, all of them are less than a 15-minute walk from La Conner Marina, which makes…


Dripless Shaft Seals – May be Dripless, But Not Maintenance Free

Advocates of dripless shaft seals are quick to point out their benefits over conventional stuffing boxes – no leaks, no flax to replace, no shaft scoring. But, the zinger is always the same. While it’s true dripless shaft seals require less care than a traditional packing gland, nothing on a boat is truly maintenance free.…

DeLorme InReach

Stay in Reach with DeLorme inReach

Several years ago we replaced our satellite phone and SPOT 3 Satellite GPS Tracker with a DeLorme inReach Explorer Two-Way Satellite Communicator with Built-in Navigation. The DeLorme inReach takes satellite tracking/messaging to the next level with two-way and full global coverage through the Iridium satellite system. I’ll spare you all the details and the many options…


A Night Ashore: La Conner Channel Lodge and La Conner Country Inn

From my private balcony at the La Conner Channel Lodge, I take in the pastel painted sunset as it dances across the Swinomish Channel. To my right, are glimpses of the south basin guest moorage docks at La Conner Marina. Even on a chilly winter day, boats are docked at the marina which is only a…

Sidney Spit

The Boating Lifestyle

There is nothing better than being out on the water. My boating routine kicks in and it’s like a natural high washes over me. My understanding of the weather and the sounds of the boat become second nature. I’m dazzled by breathtaking sunrises and amazed by colorful sunsets. I thoroughly enjoy every bit of my time…


Cruising the Virgin Islands, Part 1 – Preparing to Go

This winter it’s time to update one of most popular cruising guides in the Virgin Islands, Cruising the Virgin Islands. In mid-February, we are headed to the Virgin Islands and have chartered a MarineMax 382 with three cabins and lots of living and entertaining space. We will take a tour of the boat for you…


A Night Ashore: Waterfront Inn in Gig Harbor, WA

It’s late afternoon, and I’m chilling on the red brick porch connected to my room at the Waterfront Inn in Gig Harbor, Washington. Twenty feet away is the shoreline with boats and a few seals cruising through the water. There is also a shared over-the-water-deck with plenty of lounging chairs and a dock with kayaks and one sailboat.…

Waterfront Inn View from the Regatta Room
Inside Passage at Sunset

Preparing Your Diesel for Cruising

For many of us, there’s nothing more pleasurable than sitting at anchor in a secluded cove in southeast Alaska, or on the northern British Columbia coast. Many of us do just that every year, cruising for two to five months at a time. But what if you are new to diesel motors and/or extended cruising.…


Happy Holidays from the Waggoner Cruising Guide


With the holidays upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those who have helped continue to make the Waggoner Cruising Guide a success.

We are truly grateful for your support and wish you safe seas and a joyous holiday season!

Sincerely, The Waggoner Cruising Guide Team

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Chevre Heaven at Silverwater Cafe

Heavenly Cuisine at the Silverwater Cafe

After seeing the menu in the Starlight Lounge at the Rose Theater, I put the Silverwater Cafe on my dining list for my next trip to Port Townsend, WA. The cafe has been a thriving Port Townsend restaurant for 27 years. In a small town, that means they are doing something right. The restaurant had humble…