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Puget Sound Gunkholing

Hello!

I'm starting to plan a quick overnight trip starting in Port Orchard and heading about as far north as we can get in a day, holing up somewhere (preferably anchored and not in a marina) and then headed back to Port Orchard the next day. It's a prep for some longer trips this summer to see what my friend and I can deal with and things that we need to pick up or figure out before being out for a week pretty much straight.

My friend thinks we could make it up to Port Townsend, but I'm thinking more along the lines of Whidbey Island.

If you have any favorite spots to drop anchor up in that area I'd love to know!

We'll be in a 28' Ranger with about 6' draft.

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Re: Puget Sound Gunkholing

If you are doing a two day out and back daylight only then you need to gauge the currents well. Both PT and Whidby are pretty aggressive for a one day sail from PO if the early part of the day is a flood tide and you have to deal with either Rich Pass or Agate Pass. I think I would set my goal a little closer...perhaps Port Madison?
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Re: Puget Sound Gunkholing

If you can time it to ride the ebb up through Agate you should be able to make Port Ludlow or Mats Mats if not Pt. T. The inner bay at Ludlow is a nice little place to anchor and Mats Mats is great. Pt. T isn't a great anchorage, kinda rolly out in front of town, better to tie up at Pt. Wilson.
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Re: Puget Sound Gunkholing

P.T is pretty nice and you can stop in at cj's for some killer fish and chips.
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Re: Puget Sound Gunkholing

I would tend to agree with Fryewe about not going so far. Pt Madison is great, you will learn alot about finding good anchoring space in protected but encumbered water, and communication skills can be a challenge for people trying to figure out what they can "handle". Much better than going as far as you can, winding up exhausted and potentially beaten up by some contrary tide or current, while you are still getting the kinks out of your routine.

Every mistake we have ever made was worsened by being tired, to the point of very dangerous.

And Pt Townsend is an open roadstead for anchoring - after the snow today, I just think it's a bit early to go too far with the weather still in March "not-settled-yet" mode, and I'm saying that from the vantage point of having already had our annual shakedown last month on February 2-3 (but it was in a protected cove near home for exactly the reasons I listed above).

Good luck with your decision.

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Re: Puget Sound Gunkholing

I'd suggest doing a lap of Bainbridge. Then you don't get an out and back, it's a good distance for an overnighter, and Port Madison is a fun place to anchor for the night (or Kingston if you want to be at a dock). The winds are light this weekend, so making Port Townsend would mean motoring, which isn't much fun.

There is a 50/50 chance that I'll be at Kingston tonight in a Pearson 28.
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What did you end up doing?
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