I fished the North Pacific
. I do the Neah Bay to Astoria yearly. Other than winter, short jumps can be made between ports
. In nice weather
, all the bars can be crossed easily. High tide, slack water
gives the best ride across a bar. Low tide, ebb is the worst. Plan your trips, adjust your speed as needed, and watch the weather
. Sometimes it's safer at sea than trying to cross a bar. Get the harbor phone
numbers where you might stop. Makes it easy, they can tell you where to tie and give local advice
Make sure your fuel
is clean and you have spare filters. Check fuel
prices. Some places have 5-10% discounts for over 100 gallons and cash/debit cards. Ask locals, there may be a better place to fuel than Seattle.
After Neah Bay, the next all weather place is Cresent City, and then Point Reyes. Every port in between can be bad or closed in a storm. I cross the Columbia
River bar often and it's not as bad as its reputation (most of the time). It seems like I only cross with Small Craft warnings or better, and it's no problem (at high tide/slack water). Your boat
should be big enough to cross most bars as long as they're open. Read up on bar crossings.