Great Anchorages for Beginners

June 8, 2009

I’ve been reading the Waggoner and I took a moment to review your notes on anchoring. I think they are spot on. In my various jobs in our yacht club, I worked to promote anchor-out cruising. I was the first in line and learned life on the hook in the safe company of other members.

I think you could add a little push to your anchor page if you would side bar a few places in each major area (Puget Sound, Gulf Islands, etc).

I realize that the spots are well described in the book. But I think that listing good anchorages right next to the article would spur people to practice what you preach.


Here are a few of my favorites for newbies.

Garrison Bay (San Juans)

Such a great beginners’ spot, shallow, large, mud bottom. If they follow your directions (so clear!) for setting the hook, the readers will wake up in the close proximity of where they go to sleep. All this and a state park to paddle to. Also, a great kayaking spot.

Blind Bay (San Juans)

Unbelievable view of Orcas Island. Coming or going you can test your piloting skills in Wasp Passage. I keep a ferry schedule by the wheel. You can get ice cream and milkshakes at the Shaw Island store, the secret chocolate recipe is two scoops dark chocolate and one scoop chocolate mint. Blind Bay is just a little deeper than Garrison Bay and more exposed, but still that great mud bottom.

Galley Bay (Desolation Sound)

If you get there early, you can be in 20' of water on an easy bottom. If the easy spots are gone, you can still let out all the rode for enough scope to enjoy a stunning spot in deeper waters. I won the company photo contest last year shooting the shacks from the boat. Another great kayak/dinghy exploration spot.

I know two things: a) I am preaching to the choir; and b) you must know a dozen more spots all over the PNW that meet the newbie comfort tests. I think you can get more people to wake up on the hook if you add a short list to your excellent tutorial.

Cheers,
Kevin Dowling
Satisfied customer for 11 years!

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