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Old 31-05-2014, 10:35   #1
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Hello, We're moving to Great NW!

Hi everyone. We've done the "Great Loop" and beyond and decided we are ready for new cruising grounds. In mid June the truck picks up our SeaRay 380DA from VA ICW to go to Seattle where we plan to cruise Puget Sound and the San Jauns this summer. We hope to use this forum to gather advice about the areas, marinas and best cruising guides (we used Doziers for the Great Loop and liked their format). Please recommend forums to review. Thanks!

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Old 31-05-2014, 10:47   #2
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Well you are heading to our home base. You'll find it a wonderful experience, especially in a power yacht as the sailing is crappy in the summer. Enjoy yourselves, you are in for a treat. Spend the bulk of your time in The San Juan's and the Canadian Gulf Islands, lots to see and do but don't plan on going swimming! If you move around a lot I'm sure you will see Killer Whales and Dall Porpoises on some of your passages.
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Old 31-05-2014, 11:11   #3
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Don't forget your Washington State Parks Pass. 47 Marine parks in the Pudget Sound best buoy system in the USA. Also the best $50.00 bucks you will spend there.
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Old 31-05-2014, 11:11   #4
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Re: Hello, We're moving to Great NW!!

The San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands are wonderful but don't ignore the middle and south Sound. Folks get so excited about the beauty of the islands up north they forget all about the cruising area just west of and south of Seattle (55 miles from Alki Pt to Allyn)

We sailed and cruised from Allyn, WA to the north end of Vancouver Island for 30+ years and still highly recommend the southern area as a much less crowded cruising area.

Here is a link to my Flickr page about Puget Sound cruising:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/tacoma...7631562057583/

and the San Juans
https://www.flickr.com/photos/tacoma...7631544666500/

Poulsbo / Liberty Bay

Eagle Harbor fantastic downtown Seattle view from the linear dock:
http://www.svmirador.net/Seattle.JPG
http://www.svmirador.net/Olympus_Seattle.JPG

Port Orchard
Bremerton
Blake Island
Vashon Island / Burton / Quartermaster Harbor
Downtown Tacoma (Hylebos Waterway) - Dock Street Marina is at the foot of the Museum of Glass and a short walk from all the cool new downtown restaurants, galleries, museums. Here is the Museum of glass just above the marina: http://www.svmirador.net/MuseumofGlass.JPG

Gig Harbor (quintessential 'cute' village with a wonderful free downtown dock)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/tacoma...57631546798745

Wollochet Bay
Penrose State Park
Downtown Olympia (great marinas within walking distance of everything)
Joema State park on SW end of Key Penninsula
Home (even cuter than Gig Habor)

.... the list is endless

Mid-summer - mid-week - beautiful clear skies and not a boat in sight while on a mooring ball at Penrose - Mount Rainier on the eastern horizon - miles of beautiful hiking trails - dozens of small creeks in inlets to row in - Perfect!

Let me know if you want more details

OR - you'll never go wrong going north to the San Juans...etc
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Old 31-05-2014, 11:20   #5
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Re: Hello, We're moving to Great NW!!

Wagonners Cruising Guide for the BIG picture with lots of details. Dreamseeker Guides, too.

Google is your friend: PNW cruising guides would be where I'd start.

Good idea, great cruising, have a great summer.

Also look around in the Destinations section of this website.
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Old 31-05-2014, 11:57   #6
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Re: Hello, We're moving to Great NW!!

Wow! Thanks everyone for the welcome and testimonials. Please advise if this is not correct forum to ask questions, but we really need advice about a working marina to off load the boat. We had thought about beginning in the South Sound and working up but want to keep things simple at first (just a little bit intimidated by your big tides and currents).

We must pull props and rudders to get the height down so they'll need to re-install these, pressure wash and splash. It needs to be fairly easy access for a wide load truck and be nice if it was near a dock we'd enjoy staying while we get canvas back up and organized. Maybe Tacoma area?? Thanks again.
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Wow! Thanks everyone for the welcome and testimonials. Please advise if this is not correct forum to ask questions, but we really need advice about a working marina to off load the boat. .
You're welcome. In my experience, folks use this forum, and others with multiple headings, in different ways. Some use the headings, like Scuttlebutt, Destinations, Electrical, exclusively. Some use the recent posts (or show all posts from all sub-forums). Some sites don't have this feature and also have multiple sub-headings and the folks who thought that format up should be keelhauled!

ITWMB, I'd post in the PNW Destinations section.

Please also recognize that the PNW, even just in Puget Sound, is a HUGE area. You have to be much more specific. Are you trucking to Seattle or Tacoma or Everett, or Bellingham. Look at a chart. Specificity is your assistant when posting questions.

Good luck.
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Old 31-05-2014, 12:37   #8
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Stu:

I've been on this site for a while and
can't find the "Destinations". Can you
tell how to find it?
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Stu:

Also, do you mean Dreamspeaker's guide?
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Okay. I found the destinations. It's been
such a long time since I clicked on the Cruisers
Forum logo that I forgot there was a menu
like that.

Websites confuse me.
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Websites confuse me.
Bill, yup, I hear that a lot. Glad you have a sense of humor, 'cuz one time I replied: "And you can run a big boat?" and the skipper was NOT amused.

Some sites are more complicated than others, but once you get the structure down, it's pretty useful if you're posting a specific question.
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Re: Hello, We're moving to Great NW!!

"We must pull props and rudders to get the height down so they'll need to re-install these, pressure wash and splash. It needs to be fairly easy access for a wide load truck and be nice if it was near a dock we'd enjoy staying while we get canvas back up and organized. Maybe Tacoma area?? "

Hylebos Marina - on the Hylebos Waterway in the Tacoma Tideflats - just a couple miles from I-5 on the heavy truck route. There are many hotels, motels, and boat stores within a few miles as well as a couple Casinos.

I had my Caliber 40 delivered, via Dudley Boat Hauling, there. I also hauled out there several times over the years to work on the bottom and stuff. Good yard and reasonably priced.

Hylebos Marina

The Hylebos waterway is only a couple miles, via water, from Dock Street Marina in downtown Tacoma. Seattle is 30 miles north, Gig Harbor 5 miles west, and Olympia 30 miles south so you are in a very central location.
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Hylebos Marina could probably get your boat back together and launched. But it is in an industrial area and you might want to move over to Dock Street if there is space for views/access to downtown/etc. before you take off. Do visit the Glass Museum there before heading off into the islands up north or the many channels/islands in the South Sound. By the way, if you start out from a Tacoma industrial area yard, you won't have to worry too much about currents (well, not until you turn left from Tacoma headed for the Tacoma Narrows or the back side of Vashon Island). Get current tables or make sure your chartplotter has them. The currents in the NW can make life exciting, especially when docking or undocking, but if you plan on doing your docking/undocking at slack water, most of the difficulty is avoided. Almost all docks in the NW are floating docks which makes mooring arrangements simple compared to what I have experienced in the ICW and out in the Bahamas, T&C, etc.
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Old 31-05-2014, 15:24   #14
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Consider Swan Town Marina and Boat Works at the Port in downtown Olympia. It has a few things going for it, including placing you at the very southern terminus of Puget Sound with fantastic views of the Olympics and all the services you will require to sort your boat back out after shipping.
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It may be helpful log on to Active Captain and surf the info provided about marinas and boatyards throughout the area. Services are listed for each with ratings by skippers who have used them. Between the Active Captain ratings and the included charts and Google Earth and this site's recommendations I am sure you will find a suitable marina/boatyard for outfitting and launch. Contact info for each listing makes it easy to make calls or email to discuss your needs with prospective locations.
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