Waggoner a “Must Have”

We’ve just learned that a recent Seven Seas Cruising Association bulletin contains a write-up by John Forbes and Shirlee Smith of their trip from B.C. to Alaska. Of all the books they mentioned they had on board, their favorite was the Waggoner—“a must have for cruising Puget Sound and B.C.” It makes us very happy.

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Kudos, Update & Comments

Dear Mr. Hale: A family member gave us the 2006 Waggoner Cruising Guide last year before we left Puget Sound for Juneau, Alaska. We had several reputable cruising guides aboard, but by the time we reached Prince Rupert we had discovered that the Waggoner Guide gave us the best, most reliable information, and we missed…

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Can Readers Contribute to the Waggoner?

We just used your guide again while touring the San Juans and the Gulf Islands. Do you take updates from your faithful readers? If so, we have a couple! Thanks much, Joni Renn Response Hi, Joni, Thanks for your note. And yes, we encourage updates from our readers. The goal is for the Waggoner to…

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Garsh, Shucks

Especially at the Seattle Boat Show, many boaters stop to tell us how much they appreciate the Waggoner. Here’s a note that just came in that sums up what we hear. A little praise goes a long way. Subject: All I can say is “thanks” and “wow” After relying on the Waggoner since 2002, I…

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NOAA Weather Reports, Web Cams

I was reviewing the Waggoner’s advice on crossing Juan de Fuca and found it to be very helpful. I would like to add my own tip for those who have one of the newer cell phones that surfs the net. You can add the specific NOAA pages to your favorites and pull up the information…

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New Boat, New Boater, Vacation Ahead

Great website, I find it really helpful. I have very little boating experience, having just bought an 18.5 foot open bow runabout. In August we are taking a week’s vacation on Hornby Island in the Strait of Georgia. I plan to trailer the boat there and use it around the island, finding small beaches and…

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First San Juan Trip

My family and I are leaving Everett, WA on Friday July 18th in route to Lopez Island. We hope to make it through slack tide at Deception pass around 11:15am, and our final destination is Fisherman Bay on Lopez. I have been looking for online resources and reading some books about the trip, but I…

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Water in the Broughtons

Hi to all, Do you know if the “new” Pierre’s has water available for visiting boaters? We will be cruising the Broughtons in September without a water maker, so we’re trying to plan the trip. Thanks! Karen Minkus Response Hi, Karen, Pierre’s, as with the other marinas in the Broughtons, has a “boil water advisory”…

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From Puget Sound to the San Juan Islands

My wife and I recently purchased your 2008 cruising guide. It is an excellent source of information. I know you are a very busy person, but we just wanted to ask your advice on an upcoming trip we are planning in our 2007 Campion. I have gone from Anacortes to Friday Harbor before. We are…

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The Safest Way From South Pender Island to Tumbo Island

We recently purchased one of only three single-engine Tolly 43’s that were built. We’re taking it on our first long trip and want to drop by Tumbo Island at the south end of the Canadian Gulf Islands. We will be coming out of South Pender Island and would like your advice on the best approach.…

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Rounding Cape Scott

We are regular visitors to your web site and have every edition of Waggoner since 2003! What a great resource for PNW boaters. Thank you. We are planning to circumnavigate Vancouver Island counter clockwise with our Meridian 411 early next summer. I have a question I am hoping you can help with. Waggoner (and other…

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Which Tolly for Retirement Cruising?

Love the Waggoner guide, which is our onboard bible. I especially enjoy the sidebars, which are often so beautifully written. I am emailing to see if you have time to answer some newbie questions on Tollycraft vessels. We are looking at moving up from a 1991 3288 Bayliner to a larger twin diesel boat. Our…

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