The Trip

You can see the channel here….

The shelf comes up right after the dogleg in the harbor  (right about where the big “A” pin is)- stay to the West side (across from the “A”) until you see the channel and follow it way beyond the mouth as there is a big delta you can see in the photoScreen shot 2013-03-11 at 6.17.38 AM

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The naval station takes up 10 miles of waterfront.

Locate the yellow buoys on the charts (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS)  and get a visual and keep well outside of them. It’s easy to drift inside.

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You’ll be going under the bridge toward the West side of the bridge – Keep the giant concrete marker  to port. After you’re under the bridge, start heading East to clear Hood Head

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Just past the Hood Canal Bridge there’s an island/peninsula on the West side Give it a wide berth – I almost went aground at night aiming toward the light at the end of the spit – Stay well east after coming through the bridge or the Driftwood Dragon will spit on you!


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If you need to go in here for any reason – be very careful There are rocks all along the entrance, particularly on the north side….One New Year’s Day I saw a giant cruiser parked on top of the rock like a fireplace mantel display on a stand.

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The next challenge is THE CUT or the Port Townsend Channel or whatever they call it…. The current really rips through there but no problem for her at all with her skeg and big prop. Just be careful to be in between the markers. A  big passenger ferry went aground a month ago.Screen shot 2013-03-11 at 7.03.43 AMScreen shot 2013-03-11 at 7.06.18 AM148338_10151237997817338_2139793375_n

The skipper was not drunk but thought that “Red Right Returning” meant always keep Red to port —-but it applies always to “returning from sea” not “returning from Seattle”! It would have been better if he’d been drunk…! In any case – keep the green marker to port and the red marker to starboard.

After that you’re under the Marrowstone bridge and  in your home court so you know your way from there! Bon Voyage!



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