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O come on up you will never leave thats how we get more Canadians.

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We did the San Juans in July and found that none of the islands were overly crowded. We usally found a mooring Buoy or on a float/dock at all of the locations we stopped. We went to Fisherman Bay without any reservations and had no problem getting a slip. We got plenty of sailing in, but there were moments when we had to go to the engine to get us to the next destination.
We are going again this August and hopefully will have just as much or more fun this time.
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I am planning my first solo trip from Portland, Oregon to the San Juans in 2010. I enjoy reading things about it.

My trip will be down the Columbia River, through the bar and Up the Washington coast line. Any advise where to stop and stay and the way up?

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You will not find many places ...As is your Oregon coast line it is rugged and sparsely populated...With fewer natural coves or bays then you have to duck into..Time your weather and turn the corner as fast as you can..Past Aberdeen

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I am planning my first solo trip from Portland, Oregon to the San Juans in 2010. I enjoy reading things about it.

My trip will be down the Columbia River, through the bar and Up the Washington coast line. Any advise where to stop and stay and the way up?
There really are not any all-weather harbours between the Columbia Bar and Juan de Fuca strait.... This is usually a non stop dash to Neah Bay at least, and often Victoria or Pt Angeles.

So not many options between Astoria and Cape Flattery.... a very weather dependant passage.

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We have some friends who make that trip each summer in their Hunter 35.5. He showed me his wedding band one time. It wasn't round anymore, but flattened out on one side. He said it was on one of his first night sails and it got a little rough and he had such a grip on the wheel that he smashed his ring.

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Looks like the pig wars are starting up again! eeeks..

Anyway, what others said, Enjoy your time up up there, be it on the US or Canadian side!

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Just how strong are the currents around the San Juans, and how are the tides there? So far I have not really dealt too much with strong currents or strong tides. Any advice on managing that if you are new to the area?
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I have a book in the boat of course, but it lists the current directions etc during different parts of the tide changes, and to a degree, how strong the current will be with various shaped arrows.

Some cases the current is against you, but something you can sail agains per say, say less than 3 knots. Others like Deception pass, you motor thru, either with the current or if against, you anchor and wait for slack as that pass can have currents in the 6-8 knot range. There is one well north in Canada, that surfers will go to, as the current will hit 12-20 knots with the ability to hit a wave if you will and stay there for literally hrs if you will at a time, well maybe no more than 6 hrs, but one heck of a long time when you look at that way.

If someone does not post the name or equal of the book I have, I will be down there either later today or in the next few, need to fold genoa from a race saturday where kids shoved down the front hatch, as I was dropping them off at the gas dock and leaving for the 1.5 hr motor home north to my marina.

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