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Old 28-08-2018, 14:25   #1
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Cruising the puget sound

Hey there! Im wondering if anyone has cruised the puget sound year round while living aboard. If so, what were your average monthly expenses? Im hoping to continuously move around with some time at marinas. Is there a way to help calculate this? Ill be on my nautilus 37 pilot house with my wife dog baby and sometimes my 6 year old. Thanks!
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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>If so, what were your average monthly expenses? Im hoping to continuously move around with some time at marinas. Is there a way to help calculate this? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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Cost per night in marina
times

Number of nights in marina

equals
Cost to stay in marinas


Yes, I'm being a wiseguy.


But if you read your question back to yourself, you'll see why I answered this way.


Often marinas have off season rates lower than high season rates, in most cases after September.


Happy cruising.
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Old 29-08-2018, 08:18   #4
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Money question isn't really answerable, some people can't live on less than 3 grand a month, others are fine on 1 grand.

Some beautiful sailing there in the winter though, make sure you have a diesel heater!
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Old 29-08-2018, 08:19   #5
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Great cruising area. You can near total isolation and, within a few hours, be in Seattle, or Vancouver, or Victoria.

Try https://boat.wa.gov/moorage.asp

Washington DNR maintains mooring buoys in excellent locations throughout Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands, first come / first served, with a limit of three nights per visit. Annual mooring pass is $5/ft but moorings are limited to boats under 45 feet.

Since May, all of Puget Sound is a no-discharge zone.

Washington Water Cruiser by GeoEngineers, Inc
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wash...791731884?mt=8. Potential interactive map of marinas and mooring buoys.

Summers are very busy and you will have to plan your moves carefully. The winters, as you may know, will be cold and colder but during the winter you will have the San Juans all to yourself.

Don't forget the Canadian side, just as beautiful and sailor friendly.
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Old 29-08-2018, 09:05   #6
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further out from seattle the more reasonable monthly rates and available slips. I am north at Canada border/ semiahmoo, it is 150 dollars cheaper than Anacortes, and even more savings than seattle. good access to san juans and Canada. liveaboard welcomed to a small community. when I pay less per month I don't mind paying while I am out on hook; fair winds
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When I lived there I cruised year round. I would have lived aboard to if my life circumstances were different then.
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Old 29-08-2018, 10:03   #8
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Googled "Puget Sound Marina Costs" and found this:

http://www.boatmanager.com/marina-listing.html
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As a puget sound cruiser the cost of cruising answer is " depends" however one expense I would recommend you make each year is ( and yes I'm biased here as I am a member ) join the ssss
( south sound sailing society) you get all the privileges of a yacht club membership for less than a couple days stay at a marina . Trust that one day of reciprocal moorage will pay for your annual dues. Best 45 bucks I ever spend each year.
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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.

Pont Hudson 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 US membership 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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Hello, add a few bits on cruising around Puget Sound and Salish Sea. THough I don't liveaboard, I do cruise the waters quite a bit. Its great advice to get the marine pass. For less than $200usd, you can stay at the many state parks. The winter months are easier to get space. There you can grab bouys or dock if available. Most US marinas have free pumpouts, Canadian ones often charge though, so be sure to have "Loonies" on hand.

Getting fresh water also in the Gulf Islands can be an issue. And of course pay attention to the number of days you spend North of the border.
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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.

Pont Hudson 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 US membership 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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Old 29-08-2018, 15:38   #13
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Excellent thread. Cant wait to learn more.
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We have cruised the Puget Sound for many years in our 38' Trimaran and now have a slip in Bellingham. Make sure you get a current guide as leaving at the right time can give you a 3+ knot boost moving around the Sound and the San Juan's.
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I grew up (Deception Pass) sailing here and lived aboard during the winter. Love sailing in the winter but the weather can get very nasty especially during November & December. Have seen 100mph winds.
Lots of places to anchor during the summer but you had better be ready to move to a sheltered place in the winter. Not Rosario.
I was thinking about spending the winter at Roche Harbor, which I love, in the winter. Great showers. No people. They quoted me $650 for a 44' boat.
Half the rainfall of Seattle in parts of the San Juans. Boston Harbor in the South Sound (Olympia) is a nice place.
Get some warm clothes and good rain gear.
Great crabbing in the winter. Good fishing.
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