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Re: San Juans; advice & suggestions

Couple of basic question to start off with.

Anacortes good place to start from?
Yes. It's about as close as you can get to the San Juans without taking a ferry. Bellingham is also a good choice.

Launch ramp?
Washington Park, near the ferry terminal has a boat launch.
Cap Sante Marina slings your boat off.

Parking for truck and trailer (safe and free)
Washington Park has a fee. Cap Sante marina has free parking (I think) and it's pretty safe. There is a member of this forum that keeps a vehicle there long term.

First day out and anchor.

How big is this area, say anacortes to sucia.
6 to 8 hours, depending on the tide. Rosario is the primary waterway between the two and runs fast on a big tide. You'll want to go north on a flood

I am sure I will ask more question as time goes, I have activecaptianed the snot out of the area so far.
Check out Doe Island. It's our secret spot. We've been able to get the float there on Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. Anchoring there is not so good.

S.V. Nikko
1983 Fraser 41
La Conner, WA

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