Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Bellingham, WA USA
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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.