App Review: Salish Sea Wx

Weather defines much of our cruising. When it’s windy, we’re reluctant to venture through the “gates” that divide cruising areas. The direction and strength of winds impacts where we anchor and how much scope we use. For sailors, winds can make the difference between a slog under power and a thrilling sleigh ride. Thankfully, weather…

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Boat Beacon: An App for AIS remote viewing

We love tablets. Our tablets are in constant use on the boat. Chartplotting apps, equipment manuals, movies, music, and more are readily accessible on a tablet. Now, several apps are available that provide a view of ships transmitting AIS signal all over the world. One of the newest and most unique is Boat Beacon. Boat…

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Restaurant of the Month: Dent Island Lodge

Much of our cruising is done in remote areas, with few grocery stores and fewer restaurants. When we arrive at a marina, we’re often ready for a good meal out, and Dent Island Lodge is one of our favorite splurges while cruising. The facilities are first class, the food is excellent, and the service is…

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USCG Auxiliary Vessel Safety Inspections

Safety on the water is our top priority. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is similarly committed to this goal and they offer free vessel safety inspections to help boaters stay safe. If your vessel passes inspection, you’ll receive a decal that notifies law enforcement that your boat has already been inspected and complies with state…

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Waggoner eNews Archives

Waggoner eNews Archives Your time on the water is important and the Waggoner Cruising Guide staff works hard every year to provide the most up-to-date cruising information we can. Throughout the year, things change. Events are added or changed and businesses come and go. Waggoner eNews provides a way for us to keep our readers…

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Restaurant of the Month: Addie Mae’s

An Indulgence, or Just Good Down-Home Southern Cooking? Addie Mae’s Southern Kitchen in Port Townsend For many of us, a new restaurant can influence the choice of the next overnight cruising stop. Headed to Port Townsend? Try overnighting at the Point Hudson Marina. Take a two-block walk down Water Street to a red brick building…

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About Us

Mark Bunzel Mark is the Editor and Publisher of the annual Waggoner Cruising Guide and the co-author of Cruising the Virgin Islands. He is also the Publisher at Fine Edge Publishing with responsibility for all publishing, business affairs, and marketing. Mark’s boating experience began in Ocean City, New Jersey, where at the age of 15…

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On Using Nexus for Customs

We recently cleared into Canada in Vancouver using our NEXUS. Here is what I think is an error in Waggoner. Using the suggestions on page 16 to call in 30 minutes to 4 hours prior to leaving US waters. We called in to the NEXUS number before leaving Point Roberts. When asked for an ETA…

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Compliments on the 2013 Edition

Gentlemen/Ladies, I just recently received my 2013 Waggoner Cruising Guide and I am enjoying it thoroughly! I’m a bit laid up at the moment after breaking an achilles tendon so I have LOTS of time to catch up on reading and updating my boating library. My 2010 Guide is a bit “dog-eared” after lots of…

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Stuck in Juneau – Mark’s Cruise Reports

We are stuck in Juneau due to rain and low weather that has threatened our safe forward progress. We will head to the airport in a few minutes to wait for a possible opening in the passes. If we are sitting for long I will post from there if I have a wi-fi signal. Yesterday’s…

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