We have some vacation time coming up in September and are considering place to tow our 17' Day Sailer from inland Oregon.
We are considering Astoria, but it seems a shame to put up with river currents, sand bars, and hordes of fishing boats when we have the time to go a little farther. I have been to Friday Harbor and to the Trincomali Channel area of the Gulf Islands. We’re wondering about closer, and something that does not involve paying for a ferry. What do people know about Anacortes for day sailing? I only know it as a campground where you spend the night before catching the boat to Victoria.
We have (non-sailing) family in the Seattle area. Anyone know about the logistics/costs of putting the little boat in a slip on salt water (e.g., Shilshole Bay) so we don’t have to launch every day and can do the family thing in the evenings? The idea is not just to get the boat in the sea, but to have some place to go with it. Leaving out the family factor, any other suggestions? What would be ideal would be a rental with a nearby dock, plus some destinations (islands, beaches, espresso stands, tiki bars . . . )