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post #8 of Old 03-23-2005
GreggRuch
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Sailing in Gig Harbor, WA

Great place to live,I live in Tacoma, and sail in the area. The freighter traffic really isn''t a problem. But--watch out for the area just north of Pt Defiance. When the tide is running in heavy it can pull a sailboat into the narrows, or put you way closer to shore then you would like. Check your tide tables carefully when leaving harbor. I forgot once, and spent a few hours trying to work my way past the point to get home. The tidal rush can cover a large area and run several knots. The seemingly expansive area between Pt Defiance and the south end of Vashon Island can be deceptive.
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