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Old 26-04-2016, 20:54   #1
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Anchoring in Puget Sound

HI Puget Sound Sailors!

I'm buying a boat that will be docked at the Elliott Bay Marina in Seattle. I need a nice quiet place where I can go out and practice anchoring. Any suggestions?
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Re: Anchoring in Puget Sound

Get a copy of Northwest Boat Travel.

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Lots of anchorages.
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Port Blakely.

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Liberty Bay, Poulsbo. Tons of room to maneuver around without getting in anyone's way.
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Get a Waggoners Guide. Also available online.
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Re: Anchoring in Puget Sound

Port Ludlow. Nice day sail from you. Quite harbor with lots of room and a soft bottom
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Old 27-04-2016, 08:31   #7
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Re: Anchoring in Puget Sound

head south to quarter master harbor about half way up you will see where boat anchor.. water is very quiet good holding too... i live in Tacoma on my sailboat and i will go up there just for a different place to go
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Re: Anchoring in Puget Sound

West side of Blake Island, Port Madison, Eagle Harbor.
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Re: Anchoring in Puget Sound

I'm also at Elliott Bay Marina and would recommend Blakely Harbor (to the west of Blake Rock at Bainbridge) or near the town of Colby to the west of Blake Island (yes there are three different Blake's!).

The reason I recommend those over Port Ludlow, Poulsbo or Quartermaster is that they're less than an hour or two away from EBM. So if you just want to practice anchoring they're great quick trips.

Colby (slightly north of South Colby) doesn't have many boats anchor there (most go to the mooring balls at Blake Island) but we stayed there overnight and it was an easy anchorage - tons of room, gradual shallowing of the bottom, and excellent holding.

My 3rd choice would be Eagle Harbor (Bainbridge main harbor) but it gets a little crowded unless you're doing this in the off season (October - May). Same with Port Madison - a little crowded and oddly shaped - and if you're practicing anchoring because you're pretty new to it, in my experience the worst thing when new to that is being stressed over not having lots of room (since judging drop point, swing room, distances, is hard at that point).
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yeah blake island is really nice to during off season... but there is a trick to that place... from experience not mine of course stay out side the morning balls dont go inside its not a pretty sight tro see a sailboat on its side because the keel is on an under water shelf
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Re: Anchoring in Puget Sound

I agree with those that have mentioned Blakely Harbor. Good holding, a quick jaunt from the marina, usually un-crowded, and if you go on a rising tide, even grounding the boat is not a big deal, just pour a drink and wait. I'd also suggest you avoid Blake Island for a practice area, the drop is steep, really steep. It's quite easy to drag from 30' out to 100' of water.
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Re: Anchoring in Puget Sound

Poulsbo is a beautiful area and makes for a nice casual trip to start off with. Easy access to town, restaurants, groceries, etc. Lot so room to anchor. Spend a weekend there or? But please slow down when you see the first marina, there are three marinas there. And it does not take much to rock the boats in their slips. Have a ton of fun and the more you learn the more fun you will have. Happy sailing. . .from: Captain Chuck
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Re: Anchoring in Puget Sound

Another vote for Blakely Harbor, close to EBM (I'm there too) and a relatively easy location for anchoring. Eagle Harbor is fine too but either closely watch the depth or follow the channel markers in to the harbor, it's easy to cut one of the corners thinking there's enough depth, but you definitely don't want to ground there with everyone on the ferry watching as they go by!

Anchoring at Blake Island is tricky, and with a deep draft even some of the mooring balls are risky, so I'd stay away from there until you're really comfortable anchoring.
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What's the difference between Waggoner's and Northwest Boat Travels - other than Waggoner's can be downloaded for free?
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