Favorite Puget Sound spots?

Discussion in 'West Coast' started by Dabble, Jul 23, 2020.

  1. Dabble

    Dabble Member

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    May 26, 2020
    Olympia, WA
    1997 330 Sundancer
    2000 230 Bow Rider
    97 - Twin 5.7 Merc V-Drives
    2000 - 5.7 Bravo III
    What are some of your favorite puget sound (and surrounding) spots and why?

    Mine:
    Hope Island State Park - great mooring buoys and fun island for exploring
    Boston Harbor Marina - beer on tap, ok food, and beach for kids to play in the water. Very laid back.
    Port Townsend - lots of reasons
    Narrows Brewing - beer...

    Share some of your favorites!
     
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2020
  2. wyrman

    wyrman Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    Does the San Juans count?
    If so, then Jones Island is one of my favorites.
     
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  3. Dabble

    Dabble Member

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    May 26, 2020
    Olympia, WA
    1997 330 Sundancer
    2000 230 Bow Rider
    97 - Twin 5.7 Merc V-Drives
    2000 - 5.7 Bravo III
    San Juan’s definitely count! I’ve never been to Jones
     
  4. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    We spend a month going south of Anacotes all the way to Olympia. We purchase a state park pass each year. It allows you to use all state buoys and dock for free. Blake Island has many buoys and a dock with power. The walk around the island is about 2 hours. The place has a native pavilion that features a salmon dinner. The Hood canal is interesting and at the end is a park dock with a pump out. The park is worth the long walk about 2 hours.
     
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  5. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    1998 450 Sundancer, Achilles dinghy
    3126 Cat's
    We're Tacoma Yacht Club members so from Olympia Yacht Club dock to Jarrels Cove, to Fulicity Bay, Oro Bay, Wolochet Bay, Gig Harbor, Quartermaster Harbor, Thea Foss Waterway, Des Moines marina
     
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  6. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Boatless
    No boat....no engines
    It's been too long since I lived and boated The Sound but I would have to add the Tides Tavern in Gig Harbor and most anyplace in hoods Canal....particularly Pleasant Harbor.
     
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  7. Tacoma290

    Tacoma290 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Oct 5, 2006
    Tacoma, WA
    340 Sundancer 2007
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    My list:
    • Public Dock in Gig Harbor (for dinner, we get pizza to go from Tides and for breakfast we get to go from Kellys or Netshed 9). Great people and boat watching spot.
    • Sucia Island in the San Juan Islands. So many anchorages, and so remote.
    • Blake Island across from Seattle. Night views of the city are great, and power on the docks means quiet nights and an extended cruising season. Just watch out for raccoons (one opened our canvas and joined us in the cockpit this year; nobody was happy).

    We've been meaning to go to Narrows, thanks for the reminder!
     
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  8. GnrlPatton

    GnrlPatton Active Member GOLD Sponsor

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    Jul 12, 2010
    Maple Valley, WA
    Current: 1998 370 Express Cruiser
    Sold:1988 230 Weekender
    Twin Cat 3116T
    Blake Island is one of my favorites, especially when you are able to get dock space. You can hike all over the island, and go to the salmon bake in the pavilion, I've done it several times and it's always a good meal and show.

    In the San Juans, we found a nice little cove at the south end of Lopez called Barlow Bay. Nice holding anchorage, and pretty well protected. There's a dinghy dock on the north side of the bay, and you can go for a walk around the cove and out to Iceberg point for an incredible view. You can also set crab pots at the opening of the bay and have pretty good luck.

    We also like going to Langley Harbor on Whidbey Island. You are a short walk away from some really good restaurants up in the town. There's a pizza joint on the right side of the street as you walk from the marina, you have to try the clam pizza. Yeah, it sounds gross, but it is really good.

    So many more places we like, but those are the ones that are top of mind. I'll think of more and reply.
     
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  9. Tacoma290

    Tacoma290 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Oct 5, 2006
    Tacoma, WA
    340 Sundancer 2007
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    My list was missing a not so obvious spot. for that I would add Longbranch in the south sound. The folks that run that marina area easy to work with, and found a home for me a number of times. And when we go for walks on shore, everybody waves to us like we are locals.
     
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  10. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    1998 450 Sundancer, Achilles dinghy
    3126 Cat's
    Yes, I miss spelled it... Filucy Bay, Longbranch WA
     

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