It’s the time of year when boaters up and down the West Coast are looking forward to the cruising season and preparing to head out for one- or two–week trips, or for a summer of extended cruising, and they are establishing their to-do lists. If you’re one of those boaters, what should be on your list?…Details
Most windlasses will appreciate an occasional cleaning and lube. This doesn’t require major surgery but is basic field-stripping that anyone can do. Use the type of grease recommended in the owner’s manual (if you’ve misplaced it chances are you can download one from the manufacturer’s website), and be careful to keep friction clutches and brakes…Details
I love it when I find a product that actually works. Last weekend I tried Meguiar’s M5826 Marine All Purpose Cleaner to spruce up the white zippers on my canvas. There was a small leak in the winter cover and the water ran along the zipper turning it a lovely shade of slime green. I sprayed on…Details
TrawlerFest Bremerton May 1 to May 5 In-water Boat Show, May 3 to May 5 Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At Bremerton Marina TrawlerFest is a celebration of the cruising lifestyle with a focus on trawler yachts. These vessels trace their origins and often their look to the fishing craft of the mid-20th…Details
For the month of April, we are highlighting the NEW Exploring Southeast Alaska, 3rd Edition by Don & Reanne Douglas.
Order from the Waggoner Store, or from your favorite cruising bookstore!
It is that time of the year. Time to start planning for this summer’s passage or passages. Planning a passage is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. You start with the knowns, the clues, and what you want to do and what is practical to do. You begin to document your information as you gather…Details
The Broughtons are a beautiful cruising ground located at the north end of Johnstone Strait. Rich in history, with an abundance of protected anchorages within a maze of islands, islets, passages and tidal rapids which has much to offer the adventurous cruiser. Over the years of our exploring the Broughtons, we have established a list…Details
I was recently reading an article about an innovative company in the Pacific Northwest called Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd. They manufacture cadmium free aluminum alloy anodes. You may ask, “How does that relate to my boat?” Well, pretty much everything that is immersed in water (boat, watercraft, dock) require anodes to protect them from corrosion.…Details
Break out of the Old into the New – Planning the Perfect Itinerary for Captain and Crew with the Waggoner Cruising Guide editors March 31, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $45 Register here. Looking for new destinations and experiences for the 2018 boating season? Or need help planning an itinerary that will delight the entire…Details
Daffodil Marine Festival and Parade Spring is here! And, with spring comes daffodils and the Daffodil Marine Festival and Parade, which is hosted and put on by the Tacoma Yacht Club. This annual event started in 1952 and 66 years later it is still going strong. This very popular event fills up the basin…Details
Transducer mounded on fairing block for best performance. Hidden below the waterline, the transducers are the eyes of our depth sounders and fish finders. They rarely cross our minds until the boat is hauled and we see them protruding from the hull or suspended from the transom. The fact that we can treat them…Details
For the Waggoner Store March Sale, when you spend $75 or more at the Waggoner Store, save 17%!
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Waggoner Store March Sale
Discount only available in the Waggoner Store.
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(Applies to items in stock only. Offer ends March 31 or while supplies last.)
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…Details
Cruising Desolation Sound and The Broughtons Seminar, April 21 Spend a day learning about some of the most magical and easily accessible cruising in the Pacific Northwest! Longtime boating experts will teach you about clearing Canadian Customs, navigating through the Gulf Islands, selecting a weather window to cross the Strait of Georgia, where to go…Details
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…Details
Things are booming at the Seattle Boat Show, and there are still a few days left with the show closing Saturday night, February 3rd. Boats are selling, accessories are selling, new boat owners are running between booths ordering accessories and boatyard services. The repair yard schedules are filling up as people book their spring maintenance…Details
Want to add to your nautical knowledge? There are over 200 free 45-minute seminars throughout Seattle Boat Show and paid courses through Boat Show University! Seattle Boat Show University January 26 to February 3, 2018 At the Waggoner Guide, we team up with the Seattle Boat Show to present “Seattle Boat Show University” a series…Details
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…Details
We are giving away 25 pairs of tickets to Uncorked and Sails and Ales at the Seattle Boat Show. To win, you fill out the entry form below, which will also subscribe you to the Waggoner eNews. If you are already a subscriber, great! We will send tickets to the first 25 respondents.…Details
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…Details