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Moving 19' boat

I have a Rhodes 19 with fixed keel I need to move from Seattle to Gig Harbor. The distance is approx. 40 miles or so. My question is if a person with basically advanced day sailing skills can make that trip in a boat of this size. I have a 4h.p Yamaha, the boat is late model. I assume at least one overnight is involved. If this isn't feasible, is there another way to move the boat that distance? Thanks
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Looks like inland water to me... go for it!
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Yeah, that's what I figure. Just covering my bases here, I suppose. But then I didn't know if anyone had any suggestions. Thanks very much for responding. --L
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Re: Moving 19' boat

You could always find someone with a trailer to let you use and pull her over land, but that wouldn't be anywhere near as much fun!
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Re: Moving 19' boat

I sail puget sound, the distance by water is closer to 30 miles, a long day at about 3-4 knots but it could be ok. A nice option would be to spend the night about 1/2 way at Blake Island either at the marina on the east side or at the park bouys. Both can fill up on weekends so get an early start. Currents secondary to tides can be enough to slow progress, so planning your rip on a flood is a good plan.
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Re: Moving 19' boat

Good advice. I was thinking about Blake Island as a stop. I'll have to figure out those currents. Is a single anchor enough for Blake Island? Thanks a lot!
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Re: Moving 19' boat

Blake is pretty exposed, I would not recomend anchoring there unless you are pretty confident in your skills. You can anchor with one hook on the west side, but the wind and currents need attention, it is also deep in spots. The rest of the island is even more open and you will rock all night with ferry and shipping traffic wakes. Blakely Harbor about 20 min north is a better choice. Another fun option would be the Bell Harbor marina in downtown Seattle, you might be able to get a reservation there, the marina at Blake is first come first served.
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Re: Moving 19' boat

I know nothing about the currents in the Puget Sound but they do have a reputation for being strong and fast. In a small boat like a Rhodes 19' you are going to need the current in your favor as much as possible since your top speed is probably around 4 knots.
Is there a tide & pilot manual he can get that has the current charts for the Puget Sound in it? Here on the east cost I use the "Eldridge Tide & Pilot Manual" to negotiate the currents in the East River around Manhattan Island (NY).

The Bell Harbor marina sounds like a safe bet but be ready to fork over some $$$ for the night.

Getting your boat to it's new harbor by water will be much more fun and instructive then trailering it. Using a trailer could be a solid Plan B though.

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Re: Moving 19' boat

Thank you very much for all the helpful advice. I've decided to go ahead and sail there. The problem with a trailer is A) I don't have one. B) I'd have to do a haul out, and the get help taking the mast down. Right now I keep the boat in Lake Union. So my first problem is going to be getting through the locks. After that I'll either stay in Seattle or cross over to Blakely as suggested. Bell Harbor is only $25 for the night...so no big deal. I will definitely get a hold of a tide and current book and use the currents to my advantage. I really appreciate being advised to do that. Once I cross, my plan is to sail down behind Vashon Island to reach Gig Harbor. Then I'm going to have to haul out anyway, because (being in a lake) I've never painted the bottom. Talk about $$$. Thanks again. I guess it's time for this old man to have a little adventure.
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Re: Moving 19' boat

Sounds like a good plan. You can pick up tide and current booklets for very little $ at places like WM, although just doing a search online and printing the days you need would work. Bring extra gas for the outboard, this time of year wind can be very light. Also, take a look at the Ballard locks rules on the web, there are some specific things regarding mooring lines etc. Overall it should be a fun safe trip.

Take a look at a chart for puget sound or a GPS with maps and depths. Most of the Sound is very deep, but the area around the locks is not and I have seen many boats aground there over the years.

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