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Topic Review (Newest First)
05-09-2007 02:08 AM
tenuki no kidding, now I pay the cover charge at that marina, yikes.
05-08-2007 11:25 PM
hellosailor "the guest moorage sign is hard to pick out for some reason"
Probably like a cover charge at a night club: It keeps the riffraff out.
05-08-2007 10:50 PM
tenuki Edmonds and Kingston are both good destinations from Shilshoal, I'm of course partial to Edmonds that being my home port and all. I used to sail out of a club in Shilshoal and have made that trip many times. Takes all day for round trip if you do it right so get an early start!! Kingston is fairly straightforward to enter, but Edmonds is a bit confusing if you've never been there. You enter going straight into a steel breakwall, the take a sharp right to get to guest moorage, after that it's easy, the guest moorage sign is hard to pick out for some reason. First time coming in I took a left and had a heck of a time finding my way out.
04-27-2007 02:01 PM
djodenda
Alternate Destinations

Ray:

You might also consider Edmonds or Kingston for a future trip. Kingston is a quaint little town, with a pretty good hole-in-the-wall fish and chips shop a block up from the water on the main street. Edmonds is quite a bit larger, with may amenities, including a small movie theater within a short walk from the marina. Welcome!

David
11-27-2006 01:15 PM
RayMetz100 We had 3 possible destinations, Bremerton @ 15nm, Blake Island @ 9nm, and Eagle Harbor was the closest @ 6nm. So I didn't think we made that good of time to Eagle Harbor and back. When the days get longer in the summertime, we'll try Bremerton again as an over-nighter.
11-27-2006 12:18 PM
hellosailor Ray, it sounds like you had typical "new electronics new boat" trouble. A side note, my antique Garmin has no problem with rechargeable cells of any kind, but Chinese high capacity NiMh cells all seem to be built with bad technology, they will self-discharge and go dead in 3-4 weeks, versus 6-9 months for Panasonics from Japan. (Sooner or later one or both of those may change.) I just won't buy them anymore, I can't use them unless I know in advance when to start rotating batteries through a charger so they'll be fresh to go.

Spending twice as long to go one way as you did the other, sounds typical. Incredibly good time for that small boat and that course, sounds like there must be significant current that helped you back.
11-26-2006 11:17 PM
RayMetz100 goldingds, were you aiming for the middle? I've never been under a bridge, but there are lots of them if I head into Lake Union and Lake Washington.

hellosailor, it took us just over 4 hours beating into the wind to get there, and just under 2 hours to get back running wing and wing. We were going 4.5-5.5 knots down wind home. I have no idea how fast we were going on the way there.

My new GPS broke as soon as we got on the water because my chinese AA rechargable batteries are slightly too long and the Garmin battery compartment is slightly too small or has very tight specs. The positive nub of the battery pressed so hard against the positive spring clip, that it broke. The Garmin also didn't like 1.2 volts from NiMH. We bought some Duracells on the island and got it working for the way back.

The Cal 2-25 had electronics on it, but the only things we could get to light up were the radio and the electronic wind gauge. So we didn't have depth or speed through the water indicators.

yotphix, thanks for the tip. I'll remember that when it warms up and my wife comes along.
11-26-2006 03:29 PM
goldingds Congrats ray! I've been sailing for a month and I'm in your area (kinda). This weekend I sailed Friday and Saturday in the Colombia River (near Portland) and it was awesome. I came within literally 3 feet of demasting my boat on the I-5 bridge though, that was quite an adventure. I learned that even some major bridges can't have little sailboats go under them lol
11-26-2006 12:51 PM
ebs001 Hellosailer, there must be a nautical law that states "the shortest ditance between any two points is directly into the wind" If there isn't there ought to be, so unless anyone else lays claim to it it can thenceforth be known as the "ebs001 law".
11-25-2006 11:12 PM
hellosailor "15nm. I added all the points and route to my GPS and printed some charts. At 5knts, it would take us 6 hours to get there and back. "
Unless you have Aeolus smiling on you, or you were motoring, it didn't and won't ever happen in 6 hours if that's 15nm between the two places in a straight line. A rule of thumb is that you'll have to tack, either going or coming or both, and that means you'll be asiling at a 45-degree angle to your straight line course, so the real distance traveled will be about 1.4x the straight-line course.
I usually figure 1.5x before any current, etc. and then estimate minimum and maximum runs as long as "best guess" for a trip.

So how long did the trip take you?
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