Some Poultry Now Allowed Into U.S.

Earlier in the year we reported that poultry and eggs were not allowed from Canada into the US. In mid-June this restriction was eased. Now, poultry and eggs from any province other than Ontario are permitted into the US. To avoid hassles, be sure a country and province of origin is printed on the packaging…

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Boaters Welcome at New Vancouver

This was a new location in the 2015 Waggoner Guide. After a visit, we can highly recommend it. The tribal people of New Vancouver, or Tsatsisnukwomi Village, were forced out of the area in the 1960s by the government. Through much red tape, their ancestral chief, William Glendale, got permission to repatriate the site and…

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Mark Bunzel’s Cruise Report: Classic Winter Destinations

For January and February, Sam Landsman, the Waggoner’s Managing Editor, and I take our boats down to Seattle’s Elliott Bay Marina, one of the best managed marinas in the Northwest. The marina is especially convenient while we are exhibiting and giving seminars at the Seattle Boat Show. Why rent a hotel room when you can…

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What’s New in the 2015 Waggoner Guide

Last year was my busiest ever on the boat. I covered more than 4,300 nautical miles from Olympia, WA to Juneau, AK, accumulating 600 engine hours. When I opened my well-worn Waggoner Guide in September to begin updating the book for 2015, I was struck by just how many notes I had scribbled in the…

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Mark Bunzel’s Cruise Report: Gulf Islands

The Pacific high continued bringing foggy mornings to the Washington coast and extreme sun to the Gulf Islands. The boating community responded and is out in full force. Many marinas are full—I’ve heard many turn visitors away on VHF 66A. Favorite spots like Ladysmith, Telegraph Harbour, and Nanaimo were struggling to find enough room. Many…

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Paper Charts: Are We At the Transition Point?

At the Waggoner Cruising Guide, we’ve been debating the future of paper charts for the last several years. Founder Robert Hale believes that paper charts are still critical. In the past he felt chart plotter screens were too small and the cartography seemed cartoonish. Bob now supplements his paper charts with a laptop running Coastal…

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Book Review: Adventures in Solitude by Grant Lawrence

  I’ve avoided Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound for the last four years. I’d see it everywhere in B.C.— stacked in bookstores, stocked on the ferries. The sub-title What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck seemed designed to make you buy the book, right? From the…

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Mark Bunzel’s Cruise Report: Alaska

When the stars line up and your son’s have the same available time to go boating, you go for it! After leading the first Waggoner Cruising Guide flotilla to Ketchikan, I locked up the boat at the City Floats and caught a flight to Seattle. One of my sons was graduating high school and I…

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Alaska Flotilla 1 Trip Report

Day 12 – Shearwater to Rescue Bay The fleet in Shearwater Life’s changes can sometimes step into the middle of a cruise. Before leaving Anacortes, we knew that Catherine Bearce’s (first mate on the lead boat Sea Raven) father might not be with us much longer. He was 94 and declining in Dallas, TX. Catherine…

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Book Review: Becoming Wild by Nikki van Schyndel

The boating community may know Nikki van Schyndel from her survivalist programs presented at Pierre’s Echo Bay Marina and Resort and the eco-tours she gives in the Broughton Island Group. Her story has always been fascinating. A woman in her thirties leaves the city to survive in the wild. But I never knew the full…

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Becoming Wild by Nikki van Schyndel

Boarded!

We were cruising down Tongass Narrows for a two day trip to Misty Fjord National Monument, but we could have been boating anywhere in the U.S. I was last in our group of seven boats, the smallest, with my Tolly 30. The largest was a new Nordhavn 63 flying the Canadian flag. We noticed a…

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Alaska Flotilla 2 Trip Report

The second flotilla was a bit smaller than the first: six participant boats and one lead boat. It also had quite a mix of boats, ranging from a 22’ C-Dory to a 58’ Ocean Alexander. We departed Anacortes on June 1st, bound for Ganges under sunny skies. We cleared Canadian Customs in Bedwell Harbour quickly…

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