Thanks for the advice on bar crossings. I've been checking a couple of the primary buoy's on line about everyday to get a feel what conditions can be. I just got our 5208 Garmin chartplotter
hooked up and we have XM weather
buoy forcast info on it along with 2 day wave perdiciton. We sail a Gemini
105MC and coming across the bar with 2 rudders help along with our centerboards down about half to keep our surfing steady. Usually Gemini's will dip a little water
if the bar waves are steep but with a hard dodger
and full enclosure were dry plus we carry extra disel to waight the aft and it helps keep the bow up. I used to surf a long board many years ago and have a feel for surfing our cat.
Thanks for bringing up the book by George Benson Crusing the NW coast. Where would I get a copy ?
If you don't mind wearing a swetter on the summer evenings there's lots of crusing in the PNW between the Columbia River and the NW Passage
. This years cruse were doing will probably log about 1200 miles, it's 300 miles to the ocean with 4 locks and 300 vertical feet. We live in the eastern Washington
desert just up stream of the Snake River confluence where we only get about 8 inches of rain a year and summers are over 100 so we'll be enjoying the cooler Salish Sea weather. We enjoyed sailing up the Columbia last year bringing sv We Be Jammin home sailing along at 12 kt's GPS
in 26 kt's of breeze on just the main sail. I can't waite to try out our new screacher sail with it's 420 sq ft.