Puget Sound vs Lake Washington - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > Skills and Seamanship > Learning to Sail
 Not a Member? 


Like Tree3Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 07-16-2012
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 16
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Lukewarm is on a distinguished road
Puget Sound vs Lake Washington

Hi,

New to the forums. I'm trying to pick up a sailing club to join and take classes and would appreciate any advice you can provide. I've narrowed it down to 1 in Puget Sound and 1 in Lake Washington. I read previous posts and they both received favorable comments so my only concern is which body of water would be good both for learning and to hold long term interests in sailing since both clubs require at least 1 year for their memberships.

The Lake Washington club is much closer to me so would be conducive to more boat time especially after office hours but I'm also very interested in exploring the Puget Sound when I'm better qualified which means around 3 hours from the Lake Washington club and go through the locks to get to Puget Sound.

As a novice, is it better to start and do maybe 1 season in Lake Washington or should I take the longer drive (another 40 minutes further out) to the Puget Sound club right away? If I take Lake Washington, are there enough learning and exploring in the lake to make the 1 year worthwhile?

Thanks in advance for any info.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 07-16-2012
aeventyr60's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Andaman Sea
Posts: 1,530
Thanks: 5
Thanked 27 Times in 25 Posts
Rep Power: 4
aeventyr60 is on a distinguished road
Re: Puget Sound vs Lake Washington

I'd go for the closer to home club for the first year, spend more time on the water sailing then commuting either by boat or car to the Sound. . You will meet plenty of folks with boats over on the Sound to sail with, a year goes by pretty quick. Good luck!
jrd22 likes this.
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



"Your dreams minus your doubts equals your net worth"

Life is a short journey, filled with emptiness and pain. Get all the sailing and booty you can.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 07-17-2012
jrd22's Avatar
Courtney the Dancer
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: San Juan Islands., WA, USA
Posts: 3,817
Thanks: 3
Thanked 15 Times in 15 Posts
Rep Power: 14
jrd22 will become famous soon enough
Re: Puget Sound vs Lake Washington

I learned to sail in Lake Washington, go for what is close and you can log the most time on. Water is water, when you want to venture out the locks it's only three hours, and a pretty interesting trip. Have fun!
__________________
John
SV Laurie Anne

1988 Brewer 40 Pilothouse

Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 07-17-2012
blt2ski's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 6,704
Thanks: 0
Thanked 21 Times in 20 Posts
Rep Power: 10
blt2ski will become famous soon enough
Re: Puget Sound vs Lake Washington

I too learned in Lk washington at the Neptune sailing club back in the day that it took up the property where david e brink park is. Reality is, there are a couple of programs on lk washington, and two out of shilshoal that will work for learning. As others have said, the closer may be the better option initially. IIRC it has smaller keel boats than two I know of at shilshoal. Lk washington in kirkland can get plenty rough at times.

Marty
__________________
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 07-17-2012
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 16
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Lukewarm is on a distinguished road
Re: Puget Sound vs Lake Washington

Thank you for all the feedback. Good to hear the vote of confidence for Lake Washington and the shorter commute. I was mainly concerned if lake sailing will remain interesting for a full year vs the sound but looks like it's a good bet for at least my first season.
puddinlegs likes this.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 07-17-2012
PaulinVictoria's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Sidney, BC
Posts: 1,886
Thanks: 7
Thanked 46 Times in 45 Posts
Rep Power: 6
PaulinVictoria is on a distinguished road
Re: Puget Sound vs Lake Washington

For the first year you'll be too preoccupied with the actual sailing to really pay that much attention to where you happen to be doing it
__________________
Orange Crush
1974 C&C27 MkII

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 07-17-2012
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 16
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Lukewarm is on a distinguished road
Re: Puget Sound vs Lake Washington

Quote:
Originally Posted by PaulinVictoria View Post
For the first year you'll be too preoccupied with the actual sailing to really pay that much attention to where you happen to be doing it
Thanks for the advice. For the next year, I'll try not to think about images of orcas and dolphins with the Olympic Mountains in the background.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 07-17-2012
blt2ski's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 6,704
Thanks: 0
Thanked 21 Times in 20 Posts
Rep Power: 10
blt2ski will become famous soon enough
Re: Puget Sound vs Lake Washington

What part of lk washington will you be in? IT can get pretty rough up near Juanita bay with a 30+ knot wind day, ie 3-4' waves, even 2-3' in downtown kirkland then obviously bigger as you go north to Juanita bay. That is the roughest area I have sailed. Altho just south/north of the bridges on a windy day with the waves going into and backwards is not fun either, so stay away from the south side plenty if a south wind, north in a north wind. I90 is usually worst in a north wind, 520 for a south wind, as the fetch is greater in those two cases. That is my experience from sailing the lake, and driving across the bridges over the years.

marty
__________________
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 07-18-2012
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 16
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Lukewarm is on a distinguished road
Re: Puget Sound vs Lake Washington

Quote:
Originally Posted by blt2ski View Post
What part of lk washington will you be in? IT can get pretty rough up near Juanita bay with a 30+ knot wind day, ie 3-4' waves, even 2-3' in downtown kirkland then obviously bigger as you go north to Juanita bay. That is the roughest area I have sailed. Altho just south/north of the bridges on a windy day with the waves going into and backwards is not fun either, so stay away from the south side plenty if a south wind, north in a north wind. I90 is usually worst in a north wind, 520 for a south wind, as the fetch is greater in those two cases. That is my experience from sailing the lake, and driving across the bridges over the years.

marty
Thanks Marty. I expect to be mostly north of 520 in the beginning, around magnuson park/kirkland area. I didnt know Juanita Bay can get that rough. Judging by last weekend, there was hardly any wind although the club staff assured me there's wind further out from the docks. I guess this weather pattern only lasts same amount as our sunny days.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 07-19-2012
blt2ski's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 6,704
Thanks: 0
Thanked 21 Times in 20 Posts
Rep Power: 10
blt2ski will become famous soon enough
Re: Puget Sound vs Lake Washington

I lived and grew up on the water half way between Kirkland and Juanita bay, back in the days the the little golf course was up at the north end. I could see the water, people to the south had waterfront where I kept the 8' pram I built and sailed in that area. Their would be 3-4' waves when we had some of the higher wind days. MOST of the time, figure if you see a 12-18" wave you will be doing good! The bay itself by the park on the north end, will get some of the rollers, but being as the bay is all of maybe 20' deep thru out, a majority of the waves get washed up/out before hitting the beach, but even so, some BIGGER rollers yet get thru.

The area off of shilshoal is also fairly protected as is the kirkland waterfront, so it is not too bad to learn in. If you were trying to be off of Edmonds as I am now, we weem to get some BIGGER waves here due to fetch, and there also seems to be a bit of a wind funnel, so winds will be 5-10 mph greater here than 5 miles north or south. It does pay to find out, know the area you are in, if any funky wind shifts will occur etc.

good luck and have fun

Marty
__________________
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hi from Central Washington, Lake Chelan and t Puget Sound Crepitus Introduce Yourself 1 07-05-2012 10:14 PM
First Trip on Puget Sound Cruisingdad General Discussion (sailing related) 3 05-24-2012 11:24 AM
First Boat for Puget Sound MatthewM General Discussion (sailing related) 6 10-23-2010 12:14 AM
Hello from Puget Sound JessePH Introduce Yourself 2 08-04-2009 10:21 AM
Puget Sound and beyond, my boat or yours.... Pinga Crew Wanted/Available 7 06-02-2009 01:30 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:05 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.