Memorial day is approaching us in just under 2 months. The girlfriend and I are planning to do a weekend trip over this holiday. This will be our FIRST weekend getaway aboard the boat(and the first trip in the pacific northwest
, and the first trip for the GF aboard, and the first overnight trip I've had in about 9 years). We are a bit flexible on the days, however since memorial day falls on a Monday, we are planning to head
out Saturday and return on Monday.
is located in Port of Everett, and since this is our first one in the area, we figured somewhere relatively close would be a good start for us.
I know the Puget Sound
has some pretty strong tides, so we will have to account for this(recommendations on readings regarding tides/currents are welcome), however, I have been trying to figure out possible places for us.
We are sailing a Bristol 27ft, a full keel
with 4ft of draft
. We have a 15hp outboard
on a mount hung from the stern.
We also have a dinghy
, so we aren't looking for marina, rather either a mooring
ball or a place we can drop the hook.
I was thinking depending on the wind
direction, we could shoot for Elger Bay, or Honeymoon Bay if we have/expect southerly winds. I was also thinking about Cresant harbor, Penn Cove or possibly Utsalady depending on weather
We are open to suggestions, since its our first trip, we'd like to be able to make it to anchor
prior to sunset, even if we have to motor
the whole way.
As for anchoring
, we have a few fortress's that are quite old. The chain we have also is in need of replacing(15ft) and we have about 300ft of rope rode
. I'm not sure how much chain our boat
can handle in the bow, however I was hoping to get atleast 100ft of chain and keep 300ft of rode
. Does anyone have any recommendations on rode/chain combo's that work
well in the PNW? What about anchor
styles? Seems like most of the boats in our marina either have CQR
styles on their bow rollers.
Living in the Fiji
island's, we always ran Fortress
style anchors, so i have the most experience with them, however I'm curious to know how they work
up here? Since we are in need of a new anchor due to these having corrosion
, Now seems to be the time we should be getting one that will do well in the PNW.
We also lack a windless so hauling it up will be done by hand. I thought about adding a windless, but I'm too cheap
and it seems like money
can be spent else where ot make life more enjoyable(solar/wind/bigger battery
Open to any and all suggestions that may come to your mind for a fellow noobie of the area!