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Re: Strait of Juan de Puka PTSD
SJF is and can be a mother of a crossing, or like a day or two ago, someone I know posted flat water as glassy as a cascade mountain lake! Been across with little to no wind, flat to rollers left from the night befores gail winds. Stop in PT, go across in the morning, you will usually find calmer winds. Later in the day to evening, the winds can pick up, as can the waves.
Other options do include the inside passage of whidbey. Just remember, from about Oak Harbor to the southern end, the tide is opposite of just about everything else. Ebb runs north to south, flood south to north from Mulketio to Oak Harbor.
Swinomish is not that bad either. Mid to low to mid tide, the water typically runs north to south, Mid to high to mid, the water runs south to north.
Real draft issues are the south part where you run east to west. Only aea I have had issues with my 5.5' draft, is just west of IIRC Goat Island, first island going in, just west an area can build up. There are a few other issues up to just after the curve going north. If in a minus tide range, beware, if positive, not as big a deal. As most I know with a keel of any depth, running aground per say, is not uncommon. If you go outside the channel, all bets are really off!
Deception pass.....not that big a deal, assuming you are going with the tide. If not, you can be going against an upwards of 8 knot current. Need to plan accordingly.
The channel from Oak Harbor north to deception is opposite of the south part. Flows towards deception in Ebb, and flows towards Oak Harbor during flood.
Also, remember going up to PT, you can get upwards of 4 knots of current by Bush Point on west whidbey. Plan trip accordingly, or as my wife said going south once, knot meter showed 7+ knots of boat speed, as we sat next to a house on whidey for close to an hour, fighting a 4+ know current, surfing southward in 20 knots of wind, 3-4' steep MF'ing waves.......doing maybe 1-2 knots over ground!
Gone all ways, really none are a big deal with some planning and knowledge.
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Last edited by blt2ski; 07-03-2019 at 01:24 AM.