Hey there B,
I am a full-time liveaboard/cruiser in the Puget Sound, San Juans and Queen Charlottes. If you like peace and quiet, you couldn't choose a better cruising ground.
I'm still new to this forum and have been brief in my comments until now, but feel I have some info that may be appreciated.
We beat up the coast from San Francisco
in June and have been berthed at John Wane Marina in Sequim while I repair some minor damage to my rigging
as a result of an angry Pacific.
I have a slip reserved at Point Hudson
Marina in Port Townsend for the month of October and will play it by ear from there.
is all transient moorage from May through September and hosts the popular wooden boat show
over three days starting the Friday after Labor Day.
It's a great marina for walking. The Northwest Maritime Center is literally next door and there are many restaurants and shops on Water
Street. If you need any parts
there is a West Marine
and a Do it Best Hardware
store within walking distance. You can also anchor
right off Water Street in Port Townsend and dinghy
ashore to Better Living Through Coffee and one of the great farmers' markets in the country, held on Saturdays From April to late December.
Another good anchorage is Sequim Bay. Fairly protected with a short trip shore. Plus there is a big public parking lot if you need it. There is a great restaurant at the marina and a shuttle to the nearby 7 Cedars casino for more dining options.
I would recommend purchasing
an annual moorage pass from Washington Parks. They cost $5 a foot and entitle you to discounted docking
and mooring at all of the many beautiful marine
parks, which are all first come, first served.
Moorage Permit | Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Another suggestion would be a Boat
which will earn you discounts at many marinas and fuel
docks, not to mention free or discounted towing should you need it.
I'll check back in with more locations and suggestions and would love to hear recommendations from anyone who cruises this area.
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