Caretakers cottage at Vendovi Island Preserve.

Quick Escape to Vendovi Island Preserve

In need of a quick escape? Or maybe, you want to take the boat out on a sea trial? Vendovi Island Preserve, a 217-acre island located seven miles north of Anacortes between Guemes and Lummi Islands, south of Bellingham Bay is the perfect day cruising getaway.  The Island is a portion of the San Juan…


Preparing for the Coming Boating Season

It’s time to gear up for another memorable season on the water. In the spring rush to get the boat ready, it’s tempting to paint the bottom and get back to cruising again. But to do so without a thorough inspection can be an invitation for trouble. The extra hours that it takes to inspect…


The British Virgin Islands are Still Bareboat Charter Heaven!

The Virgin Islands charter grounds took a massive hit from Hurricanes Irma and then Maria. The devastation from last September is unimaginable. The islands are recovering. Mother nature is doing her part, and the islands have gone from being completely stripped bare by 200+ mph winds to green with new growth. Much of the damage…

White Bay in the British Virgin Islands.
Hurricane damage in the British Virgin Islands.

Yes! You Can Still Have a Great British Virgin Islands Charter Vacation

The British Virgin Islands survived the one-two punch of Hurricanes Irma and Maria last September. The pictures after the storms were unbelievable. Buildings demolished and boats stacked like matchsticks. Rarely has a hurricane sat over the area for hours with winds well over 200 mph. Some say, if the rating existed, this should have been…


It’s Boat Show Time in The Pacific Northwest

Nothing can drive the chill out of a cold winter day like a boat show. And, thankfully, we who live in the Pacific Northwest have no shortage of shows to choose from. Strolling past row after row of new models and seeing what represents the state of the union in recreational boating is the perfect…

Pacific Northwest boat shows.
Missy Recommends Round-up

Missy Recommends Yearly Round-up

Missy has made some great recommendations for boaters this year. If you are looking for a gift idea or just want to add some conveniences to your boating adventures, here is her yearly round-up! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Missy Recommends Yearly Round-up Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Repellant and Thermacell Lanterns Click to read Missy’s article.…


Selecting a Diesel Heating System: Part 3

There are so many anchorages to explore that it would take more than a lifetime to visit them all. But with cooler weather affecting us much of the year it only makes sense to have an adequate heating system aboard to extend the cruising season. Now that we have discussed the basics and the types…


What’s New in the 2018 Waggoner Cruising Guide?

We think you will like the new look of the 2018 Waggoner Cruising Guide this year and have incorporated many user-friendly features and additional information. What’s New in the 2018 Waggoner Cruising Guide? Colored Tabs Colored tabs for each chapter are found along the outside edge of the pages, a different color identifies each section…


The Making of the Waggoner Cruising Guide

Returning from Steveston B.C., we cruised through the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound, completing our research for the cruising season.  Sorry to see the season end, we eased Got d’ Fever into her covered slip at Anchor Cove for the fall and winter months. Combining pleasure with business can be intense while boating, but the real work…


$27.50 U.S. Customs Decal – Order before January 1st

Order your 2018 U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) decal before January 1, 2018. Homeland Security has announced a price increase effective January 1.  The new price has not been established, the last increase in 2007 was 10%. Decal stickers are placed on all private vessels (30 feet or more in length) as proof of…