Originally Posted by raharper
We are heading south from Seattle to SF with our 36' sailboat and I was wondering if anyone had some good suggestions for places to anchor along the coast. We are very short on funds and are moderately experienced with anchoring. Thanks for any help!
I cannot say for the California
coast but the Washington
coasts are not all that "nice" foir anchoring. Expecially in bad weather
I do get between the Columbia
River and Neah Bay quite often. It is about a 24 hour down hill run from Neah Bay to the Columbia when there are the typical NW winds.
I think that the amount of time that you have will be a great factor in how you go about heading to SF. Lots of time then explore the PNW river bars.
Crossing the various bars along the Washington
and Oregon coast can take up a lot of time. In calm weather the river bar could be flat and easy. Hit it at the wrong time and it could be very stressful for you and your boat. You could find yourself waiting for good conditions to cross one of the bars for hours. And then get stuck inside for a while too.
If I were doing it I would just head offshore
and go straight to SF in a single
. Get into the watch routing and let the miles pass under your keel
I might pick a place somewhere about halfway for a stop over. As well as data on places to pull in if really bad weather is forecast
. Check your Coastal Pilot. You can download it here: United States Coast Pilotģ
It is 800 plus miles so a minimum is 5 days or so.
Others who know the lower Oregon and Northern California
coast should chime in.
Never underestimate the risk in a river bar crossing. Needing to cross a bar is a needless risk.