Deception Pass

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Deception Pass

Postby Herky on Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:16 pm

We are considering a move to be closer to the San Juans in our semi retirement. The Anacortes area is most inviting. Looking at properties around Oak Harbor and Coupeville also. Was wondering if I could get some feedback on logistics of living , moorage, and cruising the area. Most specifically how limiting is the navigation of Deception Pass on a daily basis to get North from Skagit Bay area. Thanks
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Re: Deception Pass

Postby Red Raven on Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:38 pm

Hi Herky,

We live in Coupeville and are glad to share info.

Deception Pass is pretty much a non-issue with an R27. While we prefer to hit the pass at slack, often to take photos etc, we will proceed at any current under around 5 knots. Above 5 knots or so it can get pretty bumpy as standing waves tend to form. I know others who transit at higher currents but it usually isn’t difficult to time our passage to get a smoother safer ride. As an alternative, we will take the Swinomish channel for a more leisurely ride, especially if we are heading north.

We launch our boat just once a year at Cornet Bay in Deception Pass State Park. Nice wide ramps with a perfect slope. We keep the boat in Oak Harbor for the spring/summer/fall boating season and at home in the winter. The ramp at Oak Harbor is not advised as it has much too gentle of slope to float the boat. It takes about an hour and a half to get to Deception Pass from Oak Harbor. We chose Oak Harbor as our home base marina because it is the closest to home and has reasonably priced covered slips available on a month to month basis.

Send me a private message if you want to discuss more or meet sometime.

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Re: Deception Pass

Postby baz on Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:10 pm

Take a look at Skyline Marina (2011 Skyline Way Anacortes, WA 98221) that is adjacent to Washington Park at west end of Anacortes. If going to the islands no need to traverse Deception Pass from Skyline.

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Re: Deception Pass

Postby Whidbey Cruiser on Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:23 pm

You might consider buying a home in either Mariners Cove in Oak Harbor or Lagoon Point in Greenbank (also on Whidbey). Both neighborhoods have affordable homes with docks and protected moorage. From Mariners Cove, you will still need to go through Deception Pass but it’s not a big deal as long as you monitor the tides. We live part time at Lagoon Point and moor our boat there. It is on the west side of the island so we have direct access to Admiralty Inlet. Port Townsend is about 25 minutes away and the San Juan’s are only about 90 minutes away. It’s a pretty convenient setup and you don’t have moorage fees. We are limited by tides as to when we can enter or exit our canals but with decent planning, it is rarely an issue.
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Re: Deception Pass

Postby Slowboat on Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:06 pm

Deception Pass doesn't present much of a problem for planing boats, unless you're transiting during an ebb while it's blowing from the south. Then there can be a nasty tide rip outside the pass.

That said, I wouldn't go through for the first time when it's running 7 knots. Start near slack and as you get more comfortable try when the current is running more strongly. When the current is really running, it may take some effort at the wheel to keep the boat going straight, but it's kinda fun!

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Re: Deception Pass

Postby Cutwater28GG on Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:09 pm

Another option is Shelter bay in La conner. for houses with private docks or just marinas. you also have the choice of going up the swinomish channel or conditions on the other side of deception pass are a little too windy/rough.

I keep my boat in shelter bay and find as Im on the channel that I tend to just head up there if heading to the islands unless the weather is great in the sound.
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Re: Deception Pass

Postby Herky on Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:18 am

Great information. Look forward to house hunting this Summer!
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Re: Deception Pass

Postby BradOwens on Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:30 pm

My family lived in Anacortes when I was in preschool. My mother said it was her favorite of anywhere she ever lived. I keep my boat there and access to the San Juans is easy without going through Deception Pass.
We often do go through the pass because it is beautiful. Unless the wind and current are opposing each other, I've never had a problem. One nice thing about Anacortes is you can easily go either way.
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