My $7,000 Saltwater Swim – But I lived…

We had just finished a photo shoot on the water near Guemes Island for the new SeaSport Commander 2800. The boat looked great running by at 30+ knots. My fingers were still stiff from the cold encountered while shooting from the flybridge in the January air. We brought both boats back to the Cap Sante…

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The Clyde Theatre: Cruise in and Catch a Movie

  One of the joys of being part of the Waggoner Cruising Guide team is exploring coastal communities. This weekend I day tripped to Langley, Washington and stopped by The Clyde Theatre. The theatre, built by Norman and Hazel Clyde in 1937, is easy to find. From the docks at South Whidbey Harbor follow Wharf St. and take the…

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The Bluff Restaurant-Dining with Panoramic Friday Harbor Views

We love cruising in the San Juan Islands, and one of those reasons is all the great places to eat.  The Bluff Restaurant at Friday Harbor House has an outside terrace and a dining room with panoramic views of Friday Harbor. They serve Northwest inspired cuisine and have an extensive selection of Washington wines and beers, as well as, classic cocktails. The…

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Our Boating New Year’s Resolutions

The beginning of the year is always a time to reflect on the past year and plan for the next. At the Waggoner Cruising Guide, we are already planning the boating season with a short list of New Year’s resolutions. Mark’s List: Spend more time boating in the late winter and early spring. (The sun…

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What to do When the Captain Drops Dead

It was a sunny, windy day on the Strait of Georgia when the channel went silent after a distress radio call went out on VHF 16. “Coast Guard, Coast Guard! I need help! “ The Canadian Coast Guard radio operator responded promptly, “Ma’am, could you tell me the name of your vessel and the nature…

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Two Bowman Bay Hikes with Views of Deception Pass Bridge

Sunset at Bowman Bay are breathtaking. Bowman Bay on Fidalgo Island We all need to stretch out our sea legs and Bowman Bay at Deception Pass State Park on Fidalgo Island is a perfect spot. The waters are often calm, which means it is great for year-round beach walking and kayaking, and it has easy hikes with amazing…

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Port Harvey Marine Resort Barge Sinks

Port Harvey Marine Resort is a favorite destination of ours in the Broughton Archipelago. Owners George and Gail Cambridge have developed this facility into an excellent marina, complete with a well-stocked store and the Red Shoe Restaurant. Sadly, on November 25th, the barge holding the store and restaurant sunk. George writes: On 25th November Port Harvey…

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Ports and Passes now includes Southeast Alaska

Ports and Passes—a long-time favorite tide and current guide for the Pacific northwest—has a proven following among west coast cruisers and small commercial boats. Previous editions have included all the tide and current stations a boater needs between Olympia WA and Prince Rupert BC. But this year Ports and Passes now includes seven tide and…

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Front Street Grill – Steps Away From the Coupeville Wharf

Are you tying up at the docks in Coupeville, Washington and not sure where to dine? This quaint historic town on Penn Cove is full of great dining choices that range from fine dining to pub fare. Front Street Grill is steps away from the end of the Coupeville Wharf and serves up a classic American Grill menu like chowder, salads,…

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The Birth of Grand Banks

Marketing departments love legend. What better way to instill a sense of value in a product than a story of an inspired young person studying naval architecture in the evenings while apprenticing with a master shipwright during the work days? Of course, after 15, 20, or 30 years of perfecting his or her knowledge and…

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