Through the Swinomish Channel

Day 123 Through the Swinomish Channel

Another ok day for weather, at least it wasn’t raining.

Date: 9/11/2018
Departure: Anacortes GPS 48 30.6936 N 122 36.3692 W
Destination: Polnell Point N GPS 48 16.5974 N 122 33.1949 W
Hour meter: 1618 (Klemtu)
Todays Distance: 21 miles
Total mile: 3229


This morning I was up working on my journal at 0715, then I headed up to Safeway for my Starbucks coffee.   On the way to get coffee, and on the way back I looked at boats. I was mainly looking at custom made dodgers.   In the rain it sure would be nice to have a windshield that has wiper blades to clean off the window.


Everyday I move a little closer to my home port. Today we are going to go through the Swinomish Channel, and pass by La Connor to the inside of Whidbey Island.   We untie from our neighbor and head over to the gas dock around 0930. I fill up with 25 gallons of diesel. This should be enough diesel to get me home.   With diesel in our tanks we head out of the Cap Sante Marine and headed east toward the Swinomish Channel.


By the time we got out to the oil refinery dock we could see that wind would be against us today. We turned south and headed into the Swinomish Channel with the wind on the nose. When we approached the train bridge it was open and men were working on the middle dock. Looked like they were replacing some of the timbers in the bridge.


The tide might be against us, but at least we had the current going in our direction. As we entered the narrow channel right by the north end bridges we were doing 8 knots over the ground. I’m guessing that means we had a knot of more current going with us. It didn’t take too long to get to town of La Connor. There was even room at the city dock as we passed by.


We motored out the south end of the channel with the wind still on our nose, as we head south in Skagit bay. We only had 3 miles to go to Polnell Point.   As we got to Polnell Point the wind died a little so we decided to anchor. We dropped the anchor in 45 feet of water and I put out 200 feet of chain.


The winds were up and down all afternoon. Tonight Rod made spaghetti noodles with Alfredo sauce. With that we had mash potatoes with grilled bread.


Another lazy evening browsing the internet. Been a while since I could lay around and browse the internet.









Starting into the Swinomish Channel


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