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Old 25-06-2015, 08:48   #1
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Puget Sound Sailers....

I am taking the better half out on our first overnight in the south puget sound and plan to find a mooring bouy off of Cutts Island or the surrounding area. Does anyone have any suggestions or warnings about this area? Also I cannot find the source of a single night mooring permit, everything I see is for an annual pass and since I am taking out a club boat I would rather not buy an annual permit for a boat that I do not own. Tides are supposed to be relatively extreme (-2 to + 12) and the surrounding water around Cutts is 2.5 fathoms. We will be in a Catalina 27. Anchoring is an option but with no windlass I will need to haul it up by hand.

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Old 25-06-2015, 09:25   #2
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Re: Puget Sound Sailers....

Good holding bottom, easy to anchor there. Careful with the geese and watch where you step. There is a big park on the mainland close by and exploring by small craft all around.

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Old 25-06-2015, 22:42   #3
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Re: Puget Sound Sailers....

Fox island has some bays and also a marine park nearby. I think you can pay overnight fees the bouy or at a shore station in the marine park. Don't worry about pulling the anchor on a Catalina 27. Shouldn't be a problem. Just snugg up the anchor line taunt and cleat it off at the bow, near straight and up and down, when you are ready to leave. The boat will pull it out of the bottom for you in a few minutes. Then just yard it up to the surface. Repeat if necessary... And have fun.

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Re: Puget Sound Sailers....

Disclaimer: Spellings of place names. Haven't been there in several years, consider this info as needing further research. With that said, watch for poison oak. Old pit toilet on trail toward south end, bring your own supplies. Very shallow on east side, very open little protection in any wind, but this time of year probably not a problem. North end best approach with dinghy, sandy, nice beach. South of island is dive park, careful of divers.

Fyi: Cutts island used to be known as Deadman Is, may show on some charts as such.

North end of Henderson bay: low power lines at entrance to Burley lagoon. You can't get under bridge so just stay away. Used to be marked with buoys but not currently.

No services, fuel,water, ice on Carr inlet, Henderson bay with the exception of Lakebay marina resort []. Watch your depth here, best at high tide. Also waste pump station at Penrose state park.

Assuming your coming from north of south sound, time passage through the Tacoma Narrows, stay east on out going, current on that tide swing will produce 6+k currents. I wait at Gig Harbor city dock [free] or several restaurants on incoming. Don't think a Cat27 will go under fox island bridge.

If coming from south: Wycolf shoals near Pitt pass, north of McNiel island, watch your depth, high tide only.

Almost certainly pay station on shore. Cash or paper check. Several years ago some state marine parks were free. Call wa state parks to check on current status.
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