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Old 19-05-2010, 11:18   #16
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If you go up Admiralty, Port Ludlow is a little bit out of the way, but a great stop.
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Old 19-05-2010, 11:20   #17
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Hope Is. is a nice place to spend the night, although it's not much closer than Cornet. If I were you I would leave about 0600 and ride the big ebb out past PT and then catch the flood up to Rosario Pass and stay at James Is. or go in Lopez Pass or Thatcher and spend the night at Spencer Spit. I've made that trip with a similar big tide in 9 hours from Shilshole. Obviously you would need to change plans if the wind was going to blow from the west hard. Good luck, have a great trip.
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Old 19-05-2010, 14:14   #18
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I'll look Hope Island up again. For some reason, I thought I read it wasn't protected or didn't have good holding.

We'll definitely want to catch the ebb tide early in the a.m. and then ride the flood up Rosario.

Spencer Spit and James Island are both great. We've been to both back when we were chartering from San Juan Sailing in Bellingham. Will be great to finally take my own boat to these places.

RE: Port Ludlow, we stayed there last time we went up Admirality. Very protected, but w/ all those houses on the hillsides above, we felt like we had a million sets of binoculars on us.

BTW, I just checked to see if crab season might be opening early. Nope. No luck. Looks like I can leave my trap at home.
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Old 19-05-2010, 14:54   #19
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It doesn't matter if there's wind or not, just don't hit the intersection between Pt. Townsend and the Straits at max huge ebb. It's knarly almost to Smith Island under those conditions.

I once helped a friend deliver his boat to Anacortes. I couldn't convince him to go earlier or later. We found ourselves motorsailing on a broad reach in light wind with 10' steep short seas.

My friend puked his way into semi consciousness, took a wave trying to pee over the side, wouldn't change clothes because it wasn't macho, and finally got cold enough that he went below to sleep.

I finished the delivery. The wind never exceeded ten knots, and the temp was in the mid '50's.

A few hours one way or the other would have made a huge difference in water conditions.
You're a hell of a buddy.
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Old 19-05-2010, 15:38   #20
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It doesn't matter if there's wind or not, just don't hit the intersection between Pt. Townsend and the Straits at max huge ebb. It's knarly almost to Smith Island under those conditions.
Hiracer's right -- you're a heckuva friend to put up with that. I'll bet he learned the importance of the tide tables, eh? Point Wilson will teach some respect, that's for sure.

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Just saw a 40+' sloop come into the marina here, towing an upside down dinghy, I think it might be starting to blow out there:-))
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Ah, it's only blowing 40 at Smith...
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We love Hope island- don't discount the south side when nnw winds are blowing. Other anchorages along the way- Utsalady Bay for winds from the south (but mooring buoys take up most the good spots), Penn cove for winds from n/s but not so much from the west, Elgar Bay for winds from the nw.
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Has anyone done the San Juan [or Tacoma] to Alaska, if so are there are special requirements on picking up supplies in Canada. are there any cruising permits.
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No Permits required just clearing customs. You will need a supply of Canadian Beer.
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Old 30-05-2010, 18:10   #28
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I hope that this dosen't drift the thread to much.
BUT
I've now been living in the PNW for a year.
Great place to live! I'm enjoying the people of the area.
BUT
When's the Sun going to appear again? It went somewhere last Fall and I'd really like it back.
Please advise
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We live in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains and I saw it for about a minute this morning...
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JohnA- geez, I hate to tell you this but last winter was the best winter I can remember, ever. This spring has been a bit chilly and wet though. Hang in there, we might see some sun in July if we're lucky.
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