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I've been in the Navy for over 35 years. I know a lot about boats - enough to know that I never want to own one....
Chris Pook said:And if you combine stoker's advice with that of OGBD you get NOAA's great loop...
You can always include the Trent-Severn Canals through the Kawarthas if you want to jump from Lake Huron to Lake Ontario.
Pusser said:I've been in the Navy for over 35 years. I know a lot about boats - enough to know that I never want to own one....
SeaKingTacco said:Welcome, to sailboat ownership! We were given my wife's father's boat this past summer, so no upfront cost, but we certainly are into the maintenace, upkeep and fitting out costs!
AbdullahD said:P.s My wife just pointed out that the draft on the valiant is to deep to do the great loop sadly... that's a shame. Maybe I need two boats? If i stop posting please come to my funeral, I'm sure I wont survive if I buy two boats . But then again she only told me no new firearms for this year.. so if she says no more boats.. guess I'll need to buy a plane .
Good2Golf said:On a positive note, Abdullah, your wife is getting savvy enough to know about some key factors to sailing...interest is a good thing....perhaps, so long as it doesn’t become ‘administratively burdensome administratively’.... :warstory:
Chris Pook said:He might want to consider letting her do the navigating...
Colin P said:Interesting, looks to be best to depart to the south and out through Deception Pass. Swinomish channel has some currents to manage and you have to wait for favourable tides to get through deception. After that fairly clear sailing if the weather cooperates. It's 10nm to Deception so assume at least 2 hrs to get there. You want to depart about 3 hrs before slack at Deception and then be ready to run the slack before the ebb (I am assuming the ebb is westward there).
If that scares you to much Swinosh channel also goes North, takes you pass Anacortes and then into deep water. The Northern route is 21nm and the Southern route is 16nm, so an hour longer, but not tide constrained. You still need to use the tide in Swinomish as you won't want to buck it in a sailboat I suspect, ask the broker for local tips. Do you have a chart plotter and US/Canadian charts? Also a tide book is your friend. Don't rely on having data access on your phone.
Colin P said:so was this what you used to sell this idea to your wife https://www.facebook.com/monster.rib/videos/253219242246654/
Oldgateboatdriver said:Good advice from Colin.
If my memory serves, however, Deception pass can have some pretty impressive tide rips, even at slack water. In a small boat like that, you have to really mind your course as you can start to be spun around fairly easily in passes like that.
Good luck ... and, I agree: nice looking boat for her age.