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Understanding Seasickness - "Don't Rock the Boat"   

Annie Feyereisen, Harborview nurse and boater

Nothing can ruin a passage faster than one crewmember getting seasick, or worse the captain!

There are things you can do for someone prone to seasickness.


Annie Feyerheisen, a live-aboard boater and Harborview Hospital nurse has come up with a number of recommendations to prevent or deal with seasickness. This webcast will take a fun look at what you can do covering techniques, remedies, medications and best practices to prevent sea sickness. At Seattle Boat Show LIVE we want to help you have fun on the water by understanding the weather, tides and currents, trip planning and this Thursday from 7-8p, how to prevent seasickness. Join us.




Tides and Currents for Safe and Comfortable Cruising

Kevin Monahan, Canadian Coast Guard

Knowing the state of the Tides and Currents can make your passage more comfortable, faster and save on fuel. In some places knowing the state of the current can even save a life - yours.


Kevin Monahan, the Editor of the Ports and Passes Tide and Current Guide, will share his knowledge as a former Professional Mariner, Canadian Coast Guard Captain, and a fisherman. He will share his tips on how to understand the Tides and Currents and when conditions can be dangerous and should be avoided. Adjusting your departure a few hours could save you time and fuel when you know which direction and the speed of a tidal change. Or, it could keep you from going aground in beautiful places like Shallow Bay on Sucia Island. Tune in to Seattle Boat Show LIVE this Thursday, September 17th between 7p - 8p to learn more. 


Next week on Thursday, September 24th, tune in for our webcast on Avoiding Seasickness with boater and Harborview nurse, Annie Feyereisen.  


Seattle Boat Show LIVE is sponsored by The Groesbeck Group, experts on waterfront real estate and docks in Anacortes.



Understanding Fall Weather for Safe and Comfortable Boating

Mark Bunzel, Waggoner Cruising Guie

The weather in the fall in the Pacific Northwest can be beautiful for cruising. But it is also a seasonal transition. Like this past weekend, you can have beautiful sunny skies and a few hours later wind leading to rough seas, still under sunny skies. Knowing just a little bit about weather patterns can help you to anticipate tough weather conditions. We will look at actual examples as reported on the different weather services on the internet to understand when there could be "challenging" weather to help you make a go or no-go decision to go boating. Waggoner Guide editor, Mark Bunzel, will present his process for gathering the weather information you need to have a safe and comfortable trip.



Let's go fishing!

Sponsored by: The Groesbeck Group realty

Fishing  - Catching Fish


  1.      Different ways to catch fish – keep it simple

  2.      Great places to fish – know the areas

  3.      Mind the regulations before you go

  4.      Crabbing and Prawning – are also fishing

  5.      State resources and website –

  6.      Bait and Tackle shops are a great resource

  7.      Book a charter to learn how to fish

  8.      What do you do once you catch them – great ways to cook and prepare fish.

  9.      Innovative ways to catch fish at the dock – using fresh banana bread!



My Boat is Sinking!

Waggoner Cruising Guide with Mike Beemer, Marine Tech Instructor

Recently a local boat on its way south through the San Juan Islands started to fill with water due to a corroded exhaust system. The boat's pumps did not work and the two yacht brokers delivering the boat were in big trouble. They called out a MAYDAY and luckily local Marine Tech Instructor, Mike Beemer and his crew, fishing nearby responded. We have the video.


Mike stepped on board the sinking vessel and in addition to troubleshooting the leak he brought his "pump in a bucket" and probably saved the boat from sinking. Here the steps he took.


You can make your own "pump in a bucket" system and have this valuable safety tool available to save your boat, or someone else's. Mike and former Coast Guard member Art Hebert, both instructors at the Skagit Valley College Marine Tech program in Anacortes will describe the incident and tell you how you can create your own "pump in a bucket" - Just in Case.

Whale Research


Be Whale Wise

Puget Sound Partnership, NMTA, Waggoner Cruising Guide

Looking to head out soon on a boat? You won’t be alone. Not only are boat sales up in June and July by 33% over the same months last year, but also the Southern Resident Killer Whales might accompany you, too. This Thursday, we will revisit the topic of the laws and best practices around boating and whales and what you should do if/when you encounter these Endangered Species. Special guest Todd Hass, the special assistant to the director of the Puget Sound Partnership, and NMTA’s President/CEO George Harris will join co-hosts Mark Bunzel and Peter Schrappen on boating best practices. Plus, hear the latest updates on boating that you’ve come to love from Leonard and Lorena Landon from the Waggoner Guide and Coorespondents Dan and Karin Leech. 

Sailing Time


How to Be a Good Co-Captain or First Mate

Waggoner Cruising Guide with Special Guests

A good Co-Captain or First Mate can be a huge help when managing all of the details for a boating trip. A knowledgeable extra set of eyes and hands can add to your safety and enjoyment on the water too. 


We will talk with three cruising couples for ideas and tips on how they work together to make their boating fun and safe. They have figured out how to divide up the boating duties for what works for them. For one couple, she is the captain as her boat handling skills are better. For another couple, they change off being captain every other year. And for one couple - after years of cruising in the Northwest to Alaska and down through Mexico - they have just figured it out. They are both skilled mariners and have their boating duties sorted out and sometimes overlapping. We will discuss tips for cruising couples and many tips for use when going out for the day with a buddy. There will be more than a few laughs as we all learn a few tips for having fun while cruising.


Let's Save a Marina

Waggoner Cruising Guide & Recreational Boating Association of Washington

Join us on Thursday, August 6th, at 7:00 p.m. for a special Seattle Boat Show LIVE presentation, with highlights about the historic Lakebay Marina and the campaign to save the marina for public use.

Nautical Rope


Techniques for Anchoring Your Boat 

Waggoner Cruising Guide

Many fear anchoring out for an overnight stay at many of the beautiful, quiet anchorages in the Northwest. Seattle Boat Show LIVE will cover this timely topic as summer cruising moves into the prime summer season. 


With a few practical tips, anchoring in your favorite cove can be easy and secure, for a good night's sleep on the hook.



Cruising Puget Sound, South Puget Sound

Waggoner Cruising Guide

Join the NMTA and Waggoner crew as we describe some of the great places to cruise to in the South Puget Sound area. We are there right now gathering information and can describe the best places to go such as Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Pleasant Harbor and Hood Canal, Filucy Bay and its beautiful views of Mt. Rainier, Poulsbo and Port Townsend. The weather is beautiful and the cruising is fantastic. Join us on Thursday, July 23 to hear more. Also send in your questions to and we will pose them to our experts at the Waggoner Cruising Guide.


We will also present all of the latest updates for other cruising destinations including British Columbia and SE Alaska during the first 15 minutes of the show.



Cruising the South Sound

Waggoner Cruising Guide

The great summer weather is here in the Pacific Northwest and for US boaters who can’t go north - south is the way to go. Your show hosts all headed to the south sound this past week and they have a lot to report. There is a much to see and do in Puget Sound. But life is not perfect. While the marinas and towns are open many marinas are no longer taking slip reservations. We will give you many practical tips on how to find moorage or where to anchor. We will share our favorite destinations and an update on the best restaurants for dining outside or ordering take out to enjoy back on your boat. We will even tell you where to find the best prices for purchasing fuel. 



Whale Wise Guidelines

Waggoner Cruising Guide with NMTA President George Harris and Julie Watson from WDFW

Let's talk whales and boating!


July 2

Use Caution When Anchoring - You may be destroying sensitive eel grass areas

Waggoner Cruising Guide, Bart Christiaen from the WA Department of Natural Resources, Jim Norris - Waggoner Guide Coorrespondent and eelgrass consultant, and Tina Whitman, a marine life scientist with the Friends of the San Juans

In addition to our weekly COVID-19 updates on closures and restrictions, we will be diving in to a new topic, anchoring and eel grass. For example, did you know that anchoring in Garrison or Westcott Bays, near Roche Harbor, appears to have destroyed the eel grass. There are a few things we boaters can do to preserve the eel grass and save new growth. Learn which popular anchorages are in eel grass protection areas.



More Great Places to Cruise. Updates on British Columbia, the San Juans, Central Puget Sound and Hood Canal

Waggoner Cruising Guide with special guests

We have all of the latest updates for cruising in the Northwest and for making your cruising plans for the Canada Day and 4th of July weekends. We have the updates on special events and insights on how you can plan your summer boating. The Canada border will remain closed until at least July 21 and maybe longer. The Canadian marinas are open and welcoming Canadian guests. In the US almost all of the marinas are opening up for the season. Did you know that reservations are full for Friday Harbor for the 4th of July weekend, but they keep about 2/3 of their transient moorage available for “first-come, first served” moorage. And regular visitors know that there is plenty of space to anchor in front of the town.



When will the Canadian Border be open for boating in BC?

Waggoner Cruising Guide with special guests

Tune in for an informative update with a panel of guests from the Canadian Recreational Boating Industry including, Craig Norris (CEO Victoria International Marina), Don Prittie (GM Canoe Cove Marina, President of Boating BC), Pierre Landry (formerly Pierre's Echo Bay Marina), and Canadian/BC Government officials. 



When Boating opens in the San Juan Islands

Waggoner Cruising Guide with special guests

Tune in for important updates on the San Juan's boating opening. 

MAY 28

Boating Update

Lt. Alex Cropley & Waggoner Cruising Guide

Special guest Lt. Alex Cropley and the Waggoner Guide team provide an update. 


MAY 7 

What does boating look like in the near future?

Waggoner Cruising Guide

Mark Bunzel, along with Lorena and Leonard Landon, answer your questions and provide information about where you can go boating and how you can do so safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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