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Old 18-11-2018, 11:30   #1
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Winter Moorage in Puget Sound

Hey Team,

Some marina's in Puget Sound rent their transient slips in winter to fill them up in the Off Season. I know they do it at Point Hudson in Port Townsend. Anyone know of other marinas that do this.


I could call them all, but I thought the hive mind would know.
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Hey Team,

Some marina's in Puget Sound rent their transient slips in winter to fill them up in the Off Season. I know they do it at Point Hudson in Port Townsend. Anyone know of other marinas that do this.


I could call them all, but I thought the hive mind would know.
there are several that I know of .
The Poulsbo city marina, the bremerton marina, the bremerton marina at port orchard, there are a couple in Tacoma that used to .
My marina in port orchard has several empty slips cheap and first month is free.
Where are you located now?
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Re: Winter Moorage in Puget Sound

I'm up in Anacortes at the moment. Not leaving this winter....but I'm gathering information for the future.
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Re: Winter Moorage in Puget Sound

Hi Dan.

Kirsten and I returned from Alaska and hauled out at Boat Haven (Port Townsend) for the month of Oct. We are now in Kingston for the winter with moorage through April and possibly into May. Its been a great spot so far. I don't know if they have any more spaces available (and I assume you are looking for live aboard) but I can ask.

FWIW Kirsten contacted them way back in July, along with a few other places to see where we could be for the winter.

I think Friday Harbor does the winter moorage also - at least they did when I called a couple of years ago.

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Re: Winter Moorage in Puget Sound

Thanks Ron,

We don't need it for this year. We're in Anacortes for the winter. But I was thinking that after cruising summers ahead, it might be fun to come back to other Puget Sound ports. I'm just trying to find out which ones are open to the idea.
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Re: Winter Moorage in Puget Sound

You might check out Point Roberts, one of those weird points of land most don't know about. The benefits of it are you are close to Gulf Island sailing. You can only get to Point Roberts by boat or by car through British Columbia. It is used by both Washingtonians and Vancouverites.

If you go this route, get NEXUS to get through the border quicker if accessing by car.
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Re: Winter Moorage in Puget Sound

Occupancy of slips in Point Roberts Marina is radically affected by the CDN to USD exchange rate. currently I believe they have lots of space and historically they have not changed their rates to compensate. The management have always been very nice to us, and last I met with them expressed the view that "It will fill up quick when the exchange rate equalizes or gets closer to it" It is a very large marina so having any empty slips does not seem to be of concern to them. their location probably ensures a busy summer each year?
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Re: Winter Moorage in Puget Sound

I moved from Anacortes to La Conner. My slip fee is $247. mth. in La Conner and that covers everything. Elec., dock box etc. There are a lot of empty slips now but fills in the Summer. The bad is the Swinomish Channel. But if you follow the current it is not so bad.


You can go on the hard in Skyline for cheaper but the wind blows over there daily and it is cold. They will allow you to work on your boat including bottom paint. Cannot live aboard on the hard.


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Re: Winter Moorage in Puget Sound

Oak Harbor Marina on Whidbey Island usually has space. They also offer a free month if you contract for the winter.

I keep my boat there during the winter. They have good people there.
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Re: Winter Moorage in Puget Sound

I've moored in Laconner and I love the town. But if you are going out cruising it takes forever to get out the channel. So keep that in mind. Also, the Port of Skagit marina does not technically allow live aboard's.
Shilshole Bay marina in Seattle/Ballard allows up to 6 month sublets by the official slip "owner", so there are slips available quite often. I lived aboard at Shilshole for nearly 3 years and never technically had a slip, just subletted ones. Moving every 4-6 months was easy as often the next sublet space is 2 boats away!
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You might check out Point Roberts, one of those weird points of land most don't know about. The benefits of it are you are close to Gulf Island sailing. You can only get to Point Roberts by boat or by car through British Columbia. It is used by both Washingtonians and Vancouverites.

If you go this route, get NEXUS to get through the border quicker if accessing by car.

You will also be glad to have Nexus when you are boating, as it saves you lots of hassle and extra distance sailed when you can clear in as soon as you cross over the border at sea, by phone, without heading to a dedicated Customs dock. Of course everyone on board must have a Nexus card. And this is also true with your vehicle.
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Re: Winter Moorage in Puget Sound

Sea Marine at Port Hudson did us a good deal for hard stand for a couple of winters...
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Im following this closely for next winter consideration.
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Re: Winter Moorage in Puget Sound

If you are willing to spend time in Canada... the GVHA (Greater Victoria Harbour Association) has a winter moorage program. You can moor right downtown Victoria and enjoy some of the nicest winter weather in the PNW (something about the rain shadow). You need to apply April-ish...
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Re: Winter Moorage in Puget Sound

Longbranch Marina on the Key Peninsula if you're interested in south sound.
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