Originally Posted by wiseleyb
So - looking at tides around Nov 22nd it doesn't seem possible to hit slack-to-ebb @ Cattle and still make slack-to-flood down through point-no-point and the ebb that day is totally horrendous through there in the afternoon (4+ knots
). So it looks like I should anchor
around Pt. Townsend that night... looks pretty protected or probably just head
south and wait for the tide at Port Townsend Canal
The entrance to Kilisut Harbor looks dicey but do-able - any issues with anchoring there (given the naval base?)
Thanks for the info!
I concur about crossing the Strait in a nasty Southerly. It is doable but a slog. Tie everything down if you have to do it in those conditions!
I live right across Admiralty Inlet from the North end of Marrowstone Island, so I can give you local knowledge. The entrance to Killisut Harbor is pretty straightforward, and depth
is not problem if you keep to the outside curve of the channel. Just follow the markers and you will be OK.
There is a break in the North side of the channel, but don't try going through there. It can be done (I've done it a couple of times, but I have a trimaran
with a centerboard) but you REALLY need to know exactly where the channel is located. I've done it but the wife was hollering (to herself) the whole time.
If you want protection from Southerly wind
you don't have to go all the way in, just anchor on the South side of the channel. Of course, watch carefully to make sure you have enough swinging room and depth
There are Washington
State Park moorings when you hit the Eastern shoreline of Killisut Harbor.
If you want North wind
protection you can either take a mooring
or anchor to the West of the mooring
buoys just North of the channel near Indian Island. A military cop may come down in a pickup to check you out, but I've never been told to move.
The next decent place to anchor in a Southerly would be West of the bridge to Indian Island and West of the Marina, but it's kind of deep.
With a North wind, assuming current isn't making a mess of the chop under the bridge, you can anchor to the West in a bight South of the bridge.
After that, it's either Mats Mats Bay (Mid to South end) or Pt. Ludlow.