Welcome to our little slice of heaven!
Yards- Swantown is great, as are the yards on Lake Union in the Seattle
area (CSR, Canal are 2 great yards). Also consider the Anacortes area (North Harbor Diesel) to refit
From Olympia to the north end of Vancouver Island, then further north to SE Alaska
, you have years of cruising nirvana ahead of you. As mentioned, the Waggoner Guide is the Bible for the PNW, and writer/editor Mark Bunzel is always updating the guide in a hands-on fashion.
A couple of forums
very active on cruising in the Northwest are Trawler Forums
and the Bayliner Owners Club. Don't worry about the branding, just jump in and absorb the knowledge.
Tidbits- Gig Harbor's Jerisch Dock
is a great weekend spot (look for the huge American Flag). You can't visit Gig Harbor without visiting Tides Tavern!
Bell Harbor in downtown Seattle
is a must visit, as you'll have a perfect location from which to explore Seattle. The Pike Place Market is an elevator ride away, and there are plenty of world class eateries (google Tom Douglas and Serious Pie).
Blake Island is about 7 miles from Seattle- it's a state park accessible only by water
. You can anchor
, grab a mooing ball, or go dockside. Excellent place to spend time and explore...
When you get here, touch base- we'll have you over for dinner!