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07-30-2012 12:51 AM
Marcel D
Re: Sailing from Seattle to Port Townsend for 1st time

aeventyr60 it was a good trip best clam chouder ever.
07-26-2012 03:41 AM
wolfenzee
Re: Sailing from Seattle to Port Townsend for 1st time

I live in Port Townsend on my boat...if you have any questions about this end just ask.
07-26-2012 02:43 AM
tap
Re: Sailing from Seattle to Port Townsend for 1st time

I've always done PT to shilshole in one day in my 26' boat. Last time took 5:15 and there was no wind so I just motored the whole way. Figure about 5.5 kt boat speed so SOG around 6 to 7 the whole way. Sailing DW without towing a dinghy and it would have been faster. I've been to Kingston and Edmonds enough that I'd rather not stop there on my way to the SJs.
07-26-2012 02:30 AM
aeventyr60
Re: Sailing from Seattle to Port Townsend for 1st time

The beer will taste really good in PT after your passage. One of our favorite spots to wander around. From my log on 22 June, 1999. Ebb tide pushing us along with 15 knots of wind, off on an adventure of a lifetime, anchored in Pt. Ludlow, exhausted after 3 years of planning our trip....23 June, 1999, beam reaching to PT, Winds E,Cloudy, 60 degrees anchored off marina. Off to Victoria, B.C. in the morning. My last night in the Puget Sound...13 years ago. Enjoy your trip!
07-26-2012 02:29 AM
Marcel D
Re: Sailing from Seattle to Port Townsend for 1st time

We made it to Port Townsend in 12:00 hours against a flood in a Beneteau 285 it was a long day, but by the time we made it we went for dinner and explored quite a night. From their it was off to the San Juans and the Golf Islands.
07-26-2012 12:38 AM
blt2ski
Re: Sailing from Seattle to Port Townsend for 1st time

Might be able to do it in 5 hrs with a bigger faster boat, but doubt even with a BIG ebb that the OP's boat will do it much quicker than 6-7, in normal winds. A gale southerly, big ebb, then 5 hrs. A Farr 30 did it last march in just over/under 3 hrs. A record time from what I understand.

If you have a northerly, that 35 miles becomes 45 or so with tacking......could take awhile even with an ebb, then you have wind/waves fighting the ebb, so steeper shorter waves......not fun! I would plan two days from shil shoal minimum with a 20-24' boat as the OP has.

Marty
07-25-2012 05:47 AM
tap
Re: Sailing from Seattle to Port Townsend for 1st time

Time it to go with a big ebb in the morning and you can make it there from Shilshole five hours. This time of year there often isn't wind the morning and there is fog.
07-25-2012 05:21 AM
SloopNanoose
Re: Sailing from Seattle to Port Townsend for 1st time

I sail out of Bremerton, so I generally keep to the west side of the sound. I recommend a stop in Kingston heartily. It's a really nice and laid back marina, and there are lots of friendly people there. You can dock and let the dog go ashore easily, there are convenient showers and facilities, and the downtown area is an easy walk up the street. Then from there Port Townsend should be an easy day sailing north. I would go with the Point Hudson Marina given a choice because it is an easier walk into the downtown area. I used the other one, boat harbor if memory serves. I was definitely not disappointed but it was a good walk to get a burger. Provisions weren't so bad though. There was a safeway a pretty short walk away, and a fuel dock was available in the marina.
07-25-2012 01:43 AM
jrd22
Re: Sailing from Seattle to Port Townsend for 1st time

If you have the luxury of picking your dates choose a day when there is a big ebb running in the morning. You can be in Pt. T for lunch:-)) Mats Mats is a cool place to anchor, just south of Hadlock, north of Ludlow.
07-25-2012 01:30 AM
blt2ski
Re: Sailing from Seattle to Port Townsend for 1st time

The channel at hadlock can be a hoot if GOING WITH the water, ie 6 knots boat speed, add in 4-5 knots of water speed.......yee haw! Almost as much fun as the narrows when they were running 6-7 knots, us doing 6 with the current......man o man did Colvos feel slow at 6 knots and 1 knot of current!

Depending upon time you have, Kingston or Edmonds for day one, ludlow day 2, should be able to get to PT the next, stay there a day, maybe do hadlock then Edmonds/kingston which ever you did not hit on the way up. Then back home. When in Edmonds, stay away from the E dock, there are some roughnecks with Castro designed boats about slips 51 and 52 or there abouts...........

Marty
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