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Crossing the bar safely
I am taking possession of a Ranger 33 this month and plan to get moorage in Astoria, OR near the mouth of the Columbia River. I am used to sailing only a small Laguna 24 ft. swing keel model during the 1980's. Eventually, I will have to cross the dreaded, dangerous Columbia R. bar on my journey out to the Pacific to do some ocean sailing or sail to Victoria, B.C.
When do I best plan to cross that treacherous bar? High tide? Low tide? Or when? I have not spoken to fellow boaters in Astoria because I hate to sound stupid with all my questions. Any advice?
I would appreciate some assistance !