By Mark Bunzel
The top-selling annual cruising guide to the Pacific Northwest, Waggoner Cruising Guide, covers Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, Gulf Islands, all of B.C.’s Inside Waters, the West Coast of Vancouver Island, and Southeast Alaska to Glacier Bay and Skagway. Comprehensive detail is updated annually regarding marinas, fuel docks, anchorages, and piloting. In addition, articles cover VHF radio usage, navigation aids, charts, weather, anchoring, and much more. With 150+ easy-to-read marina maps, overview maps, and 375+ photos, the Waggoner Cruising Guide is often called “the Bible for Northwest Cruising.” This guide is extensively updated each year to provide the latest information covering each cruising area, along with detailed listings of moorage and fuel facilities. There’s text on anchorages, Local Knowledge, the “flavor” of each area, and things to see and do, including interesting historic sites. Lots of maps and photos, too.
Waggoner maps show the coverage of each chapter, the harbors, and individual marinas, with dock diagrams, which are one of its most popular features. They show approach routes and facilities and take much of the anxiety out of entering a harbor for the first time. Maps of individual marinas detail the entrances and markers, shoal areas, dock layout, and location of the guest moorage and key facilities. The Waggoner is well organized and easy to use. To find the page you need, just turn to the index, table of contents, or the locator maps in the front of the book. The Waggoner’s detailed listings of marine facilities are logically organized and updated each year by Editor Mark Bunzel, and Managing Editors Lorena & Leonard Landon, along with Waggoner Field Correspondents. More than a catalog of listings and maps, the Waggoner is praised as a “good read.” The Waggoner is full of navigation tips, weather lore, anchoring ideas and local knowledge. Sidebars feature important local knowledge tips like uncharted rocks, tide-rips, reversing tidal rapids, and more. Families appreciate the list of swimming pools and bakeries noted along the Inside Passage.
Each year the Waggoner highlights a theme of nautical interest. Past themes have included “Early Maritime Explorers”, “Nautical Tales,” and “Culinary Destinations” among other yearly theme articles of interest. These stories are intended to entertain but also instruct, giving an “insider’s look” at the joys of cruising the Pacific Northwest. The Annually published Waggoner Cruising Guide usually hits the store shelves in the December holiday season, a time for gift giving and trip planning. Paperback with spiral binding, 528 pages.
Waggoner Cruising Guide includes:
• Updated Marine Weather – Understanding PNW Weather
• ROAM App for Clearing U.S. Customs
• Customs – U.S. and Canada Detailed Sections
• Helpful Smartphone Apps for Boating
• “Go/No Go” Weather Checklists
• BC Marine Parks Forever Society, Stern-tie Project Locations
• New Anchorages and Marina Dock Diagrams with Accurate Dock Labeling
• Hundreds of Updates Throughout the Guidebook
• Howe Sound Section Expanded
• Alberni Inlet Section Expanded
• Updated Instructions for Passage through Dodd Narrows
• New Fishing & Shellfish Collection Information
• Two-page list of Speed Limit and No Wake Zones