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I've done that trip out of Port Townsend a couple of times on a 27 foot Cheoy Lee. Three out of 4 legs of the two trips were great, the one that sucked was going there against 25 kt winds. It was comedy of errors; when the wind and waves picked up, I was on the bow bringing down the headsail when the autotiller failed, the boat started going in circles, the sail was dragging in the water, my safety line got stuck on something and when I was on my hands and knees trying to drag in the sail, my lifevest inflation handle got hooked on the anchor chain and it inflated. Now I was choking, being bounced all over the place, on my stomach, laughing maniaclly like the gofer in caddy shack. By the time I got to Victoria; did I mention I also pissed all over myself steering the boat with my knees going in an empty vitamin water bottle? But anyone, by the time I got to Victoria I was ready to place a hefty C-4 charge on the boat and sink it!
But, the other legs of the two trips were beautiful and Victoria is a nice little city. When you go to customs pier and call, bring a pen and paper and the boat's registration number, both times I was there they wanted the number and they gave me a number to display in the window; they never came out to the boat.
A little more advice; if you need reading glasses to see the combination of the lock that is on the boat, store an extra pair and a flashlight in the cockpit so you alleviate the necessity of walking around the pier in a towel looking for someone to open the boat for you because your only pair of reading glasses fell into the water off the pier while you were bending over to snug up the stern line.
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