About Mark Bunzel, Editor and Publisher

Publisher | Editor | Writer | Photographer Mark is the Editor and Publisher of the Waggoner Cruising Guide. He is also the the Publisher at Fine Edge with responsibility for all publishing, business affairs, and marketing as well as the co-author of Cruising the Virgin Islands. Mark’s boating experience began at the age of 15…

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Cruising the San Juan and Gulf Islands

The best months of the year are ahead of us for cruising in the San Juan and Gulf Islands. We are all ready for a warm summer on the water. The marinas and resorts are also ready for this season and there are many changes to report that just might adjust your cruising plans. In…

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About Our Philosophy and Mission

The first edition of the Waggoner Cruising Guide was published in the spring of 1994. The book wasn’t very thick, and it covered only Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, and the Canadian Gulf Islands. It lacked many photos and had only a few maps. Serve the Reader Although its coverage was limited initially, this…

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About the Guide

From south Puget Sound to Ketchikan, Alaska including the west coast of Vancouver Island, this popular annual guide—called the “bible for Northwest cruising”— provides detailed information about marinas, marine parks, fuel docks, U.S./Canada border crossings, customs, VHF radio requirements, and more. Some popular cruising areas covered: Puget Sound (includes Hood Canal) San Juan Islands Canadian…

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Stormbound & Other Anchoring Tales

Northbound at Shearwater this summer, we met Eric (Rick) and Sharl Heller, who live on the east coast but keep their beautiful Sabre 40 sailboat out here for summer vacations. Rick told me about a surprise storm they experienced at Ganges, in the southern Gulf Islands, and promised to send a report. The report begins,…

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Submerged Cables & Inspections

Here’s a valuable piece of experience sent to us by Fred Triggs. Butchart Gardens–submerged cables 1. On a recent visit to Butchart Gardens cove we noted several vessels anchored between the boats on the buoys with stern ties out. It looked a bit close to us, but what do we know? We anchored in Tod…

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Cruising in the Northwest: Introduction

Cruising in the Northwest offers it all: stunning scenery, breaching whales, secluded anchorages, and urban escapes. From Olympia, Washington and north, you needn’t go far to have an outstanding cruise. Don’t try to pack too much into a limited holiday afloat. Cruising takes time. On any given morning you can be up and out at…

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Geocaching in Canada’s Parks – The Perfect Treasure Hunt!

If you’ve ever enjoyed that thrill of discovery or reveled in the sense of victory when you reach the end of an adventure, you’re in for a treat! Gulf Islands National Park Reserve’s geocache experience is a “treasure hunt for techies.” But you don’t have to be a techie to take part. You, the cacher, will…

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Confusion About VHF Radio Licenses for U.S. Boats Cruising in Canada

There’s been confusion about VHF radio license requirements for U.S. pleasure craft cruising in Canada. Here’s the straight scoop on the situation: For some time, the U.S. has not required pleasure craft under 20 meters (65 feet) to have station licenses or individual operator permits for travel in U.S. waters. For foreign travel, a station…

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Great Link for Weather Buoy Data

Waggoner reader George Johnson directed us to www.ndbc.noaa.gov to get complete, near-real-time observations from weather buoys and land stations in B.C. and U.S. waters. The web site is easy to navigate and its information is extremely useful. With a few clicks you can get complete data on wind speed, wave height, air temperature, barometric pressure,…

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Weather Information by Cell Phone

I was reviewing the advice on crossing the Strait of 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…

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