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    Default San Juans

    Anyone been up there lately?
    I'm planning to cruise the state parks next week, ideally hitting docks.
    I'll be taking my 19' Bartender. I have plenty of range to get to Friday Harbor for a refuel, but am limited to docks. If they're full I could run an anchor buddy to spring off shore. It definitely sucks jumping on and off the bow of this boat though.

    Current thought is James Island as a first stop, with Jones as a backup if its full. I'd like to hit James, Jones, Matia, and Sucia at least.

    I haven't been up there in.. 10+ years? Always in a beachable or boat with a dinghy in the past.

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    Default Re: San Juans

    Right now with the Border closed, the anchorages are all over run with boats. Don’t know how slips are at Friday Harbor, Roche, but Jones, Stuart and other Parks docks must be rafted across the bay.

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    Default Re: San Juans

    I don't think it's that crowded. I've been up four times this year and it has been busier every time, but still less crowded than normal. I tend to avoid the middle and usually go North of Orcas. I haven't been ashore anywhere but the parks, so don't know what the reception would be like.

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    Default Re: San Juans

    Whats stopping you from ordinary anchoring, or using mooring balls? No room for a dinghy? An inflatable kayak would make life a lot easier.
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    Default Re: San Juans

    I also have a Bartender. A stretched 19'. One advantage with the outboard version you can raise the motor up for beaching. Climbing off and on is not to bad. Like you say, you may need to use the anchor buddy system if you want to leave the boat unattended for awhile. IMG_20200614_180300362_HDR.jpg
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    Default Re: San Juans

    Quote Originally Posted by BBSebens View Post
    Whats stopping you from ordinary anchoring, or using mooring balls? No room for a dinghy? An inflatable kayak would make life a lot easier.
    What Mr. Sebens said. I see lots of inflatable paddleboards too as dinghies these days.

    For anchoring, you ought to have ground tackle anyways if you're headed out. I'd just go and figure it out once you're there. Lots of places to anchor, lots of shore access if you have a way to get to shore.

    At docks, I do see people rafted now and again. If you're friendly and you have a pretty boat people will work with you. If they won't or are ornery about it, then they're probably no one you'd want to raft with anyways.
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    Default Re: San Juans

    The Mantus anchor works well around here. They are affordable and available. I use the 13 lb model with just a short length of chain on a boat with similar weight and windage to a Bartender, but bigger would penetrate the areas with kelp better.

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    Default Re: San Juans

    Thanks for the advice everyone. I have a 12lb bruce anchor with chain and plenty of line, plus the anchor buddy. My last experience trying to set it up didnt work very well, but it was a crowded area with a bunch of moorings around. Combined with an offshore breeze I wasn't having a good time.

    I've had my eye on a bigger Mantus for peace of mind.

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