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“Waggoner Webcasts Live” – Back by Popular Demand
We are pleased to announce the much-anticipated return of Thursday evening, weekly Waggoner Live webcasts. In response to your overwhelming requests to continue the weekly SBS Live Webcasts, with the very latest updates for the boating community, along with special guest speakers covering a wide variety of interesting boating topics, we are happy to announce the start of “Waggoner Webcasts Live” webcasts to be held every Thursday evening at 7 pm.
New Format: Thursday nights will alternate between a full program with a guest speaker; followed by the next Thursday with a shorter program focused on updates.
Sight Unseen Boat Purchase – Fiji to Hawaii to Anacortes – May 12, at 7 pm PDT
Purchasing a vessel is one thing, purchasing a vessel in Fiji is quite another. Join us on Thursday to hear how Loren Carmichael purchased a 56-foot trawler, with a make-shift sailing rig, that he found through Yacht World. The vessel was stationed in Fiji; and since Loren’s purchase was during Covid times, the islands of Fiji were closed to visitors; he could only view the boat via zoom. Getting accurate details about the vessel and dealing with paperwork and insurance was just the beginning of his challenges. An American delivery captain was needed to get the boat from Fiji to Hawaii; the journey revealed some serious maintenance issues needing attention. Loren flew to Hawaii to start making repairs and refits for the Pacific crossing to Anacortes, Washington and to be part of the crew. Join Waggoner hosts on May 12 at 7 pm PDT to hear the full saga of Loren’s unique purchase and adventures at sea.
Webcast Light – May 19, 7 p.m. PDT
Join the Waggoner Editors to hear about their latest discoveries in the field; the Landon’s annual cruise for Waggoner updates and Mark’s Southeast Alaska flotilla stops and events. What’s new and what has changed.
Diane Lander, commodore of the Classic Yacht Association, will be joining the group to talk about the 25th Bell Harbor Rendezvous, which is open to the public and offers the opportunity to see some beautifully cared for classic yachts. Join in for a sneak preview of this event.
Marine Science at its Best – the Hakai Institute and Tula Foundation – May 26 at 7 p.m. PDT
Boaters who ply the waters of Northern British Columbia may be familiar with the beautiful beaches near Pruth Bay, home to the Hakai Institute ecological observatory, and the Institute’s sister site at Heriot Bay on Quadra Island. Boaters who have used the complimentary dinghy dock at Pruth Bay and hiked the trails have long appreciated the WiFi connection from the Institute for important weather updates. What boaters might not know is the extensive research conducted by the Hakai Institute under the umbrella of the Tula Foundation. Did you know that Hakai works together with scientists at Friday Harbor Marine Labs on San Juan Island; works in conjunction with Canadian and U.S. universities; and government agencies? Trans-boundary work has expanded greatly now that the United Nations Ocean Decade (2021-30) has begun. The UN has asked the Tula Foundation to organize the “Regional Collaborative Center” for the Northeast Pacific, covering the extensive area from Baja California to the Aleutian Islands! Eric Peterson, Director of the Tula Foundation, will be sharing information about the Foundation and its important scientific research on “Waggoner Webcasts Live” on May 26 at 7 p.m. PDT. Learn about the latest scientific research and be in the know for your next visit to one of their site locations.
Webcast Light – June 2, 7 p.m. PDT
What’s happening in the Broughtons, Desolation Sound, and other cruising grounds in British Columbia? Join Waggoner Editors Mark, Lorena, and Leonard for their latest reports from the field.
Princess Louisa Inlet – Past, Present, and Future – June 9 at 7 p.m. PDT
Tom Captain, Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Princess Louisa International Society, will be joining hosts of “Waggoner Webcast Live” on Thursday evening June 9th to share the challenges of preserving Princess Louisa for generations to come. The stunning coastal fjord of Princess Louisa Inlet has long been a beloved boating destination. Beautiful Chatterbox Falls at the head of the Inlet and the mile-high steep granite walls never cease to inspire. James F “Mac” Macdonald, who first visited here in 1919, recognized the importance of protecting the Inlet from commercial development and logging. In 1953, Mac deeded his land to the newly formed Princess Louisa International Society, dedicated to preserving the area for all to enjoy. People from all over came to take in the majestic scenery of the Inlet as well as enjoy Mac’s hospitality. Today, the importance of preserving properties in their natural state that surround the marine park remains an important mission.
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May 5, 2022 - Webcast Light
Want to Join a Cruiser Navigation Rally to Hone your Skills? - April 28, 7 p.m. PDT
Learn about the region’s Special Navigation Rally this season to Southeast Alaska (Winslow to Wrangell) and all the things we didn’t know about Cruiser Rally events. Tune in by 7 p.m. PDT on April 28th at “Waggoner Webcasts Live!” Have you thought about joining monthly events that help hone precision navigation skills? Are you good at predicting the time your vessel will arrive at selected points on a designated course, accounting for wind, current, and other factors? A Cruiser Navigation Rally is a great family activity and an opportunity to improve your navigation skills and discover all the features of your electronic equipment. Did you know that winners can go on to compete in the International Cruiser Navigation Rally? Guest Bob Lindal, with the Pacific Northwest Region of Cruiser Rallies, will explain how these rallies work, who sets up the course, and who can join.
Webcast Light – April 21, 7 p.m. PDT
Join Waggoner Editors Mark, Lorena, and Leonard for the latest news, updates, hot topics, and special reports on “Waggoner Webcasts Live.” Get the latest news about the border and early marina predictions. Marinas throughout the Inside Passage are gearing up for a big season, get an early glimpse into the changes and preparations at your favorite destinations. Schelleen Rathkopf, Boat Show Director for the Northwest Yacht Brokers Association, will be joining us to fill in the details about the upcoming brand new Spring Boats Afloat Show in Seattle. Schelleen also organizes Race Week in Anacortes, scheduled for this June, and will provide the latest updates.
Readying Your Boat for the Season - Beemer’s Best Practices – April 14, 7 p.m. PDT
Webcast Light – April 7, 7 p.m. PDT
March 31, 2022: Taking the 1,000 mile Journey up the Columbia River - Marc Onetto
September 30, 2021: A Project Boat: Is it worth it?
How many of us have thought of purchasing a low-priced boat too good to pass up? How much work could it be? Join Kirk Dilworth, Vice-President of Engineering for Tomco Marine Group, to hear his first-hand experience working on a bargain boat his friends bought for him sight unseen.
September 23: Seattle Harbor Patrol
Perhaps you have seen harbor patrol boats providing assistance at special marine events on Lake Washington or Lake Union, but did you know that harbor patrols provide other vital services like helping disabled boats, investigating water-related accidents, and other response services? Sergeant Kevin Haistings of the Seattle Harbor Patrol joins Waggoner and NMTA hosts to share his stories and on-the-water experiences while serving the boating community. Be sure to join us to hear about future boating trends and services.
September 16: The Sarah Elizabeth Banks, a Converted Fire Boat
September 9: Getting Your Feet Wet with Yacht Charters
July 22: A Road to Boat Building – Hobby to Career Success
July 15: Salish Sea School – Students for Conservation
July 8: Mooring Buoys – one of the best features of Washington State Marine Parks
July 1: Demystifying Outboard Motors
June 24: Looking for a Unique Water-Centric Adventure?
June 17: What Does It Take To Run a Boatyard?
June 10: Derelict Vessel Removal – How It Works and How You Can Help
June 3: Boating and Boat Building in Finland
May 27: State Grants that Benefit the Boating Community
May 20: Hiring a Delivery Captain – a Viable Option
May 13: Largest Public Marina on the West Coast – Better Than Ever
May 6: Transit-Through B.C. – The Harsh Reality
April 29: The Sunsetting of Raster Charts and the Dawn of ENC’s
NOAA is in its second year of a five-year process to end all raster chart products. The sunsetting of raster charts also means the dawn of improved electronic navigational charts, including large scale coverage, data consistency, and a new grid system. Crescent Moegling, NOAA’s Northwest & Pacific Islands Navigation Manager, will be joining NMTA and Waggoner for Seattle Boat Show Live on April 29 at 7 p.m. PDT to explain the sunsetting process and the implementation of the NOAA ENC National Charting Plan. You won’t want to miss hearing about this important topic, along with other navigation tips. Bring your drinks, questions, and experiences to share.
April 15: Pumpout! There is an app for that!
Join us on Thursday at 7 p.m. PDT, April 22nd, to hear Washington Sea Grant’s Aaron Barnett present a new program to help find the nearest pumpout location with an app on your smartphone or tablet. The app is called Pumpout Nav and is free on either the IOS or Android platforms. The app will map out the nearest pumpout stations and give you the distance and direction, a convenient way to get to the nearest pumpout. Planning for pumpout is just as critical as planning for water, provisioning or getting rid of garbage. In partnership with the Washington State Parks Clean Vessel Act program, Washington Sea Grant manages the popular Pumpout Washington program, which informs boaters about where to find pumpout stations, helps marina operators secure grants to install more stations, and advises on the deployment of mobile pumpout services. In the past year, more than 8.3 million gallons that would previously have been dumped into vulnerable waterways were instead collected for safe onshore treatment, thanks largely to training, outreach and federal funds provided by the pumpout program.
April 15: AIS and VHF Radio Re-imagined
Vesper, the leading designer and manufacturer of AIS systems, has just released their new Cortex system. Cortex takes a fresh new look at the VHF radio and combines it with AIS and boat monitoring into a new system that also offers many new capabilities. Through an intelligent design, Vesper has built many new capabilities into this system. Let’s say your AIS system alerts you to a possible collision. Wouldn’t it be great if you could use your radio’s DSC capability to alert and directly communicate with the other vessel. Done. Or, wouldn’t it be great to have an anchor watch system that could alert you via your smartphone if your boat is dragging while you are away onshore. Or, how about a system that can let you know that your boat is taking water while sitting in its slip in the marina due to a leak in a through-hull. Our AIS expert, Doug Miller of Milltech is our guest to talk about this exciting new system; join us on Thursday April 15 at 7 p.m. PDT to learn more about the future of marine communications with the Cortex system.