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Moored at James Island this past weekend. 23 Dec 2007 07:27 #1

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I am fairly new to boating in the San Juan waters. I just bought a Bayliner 2670 and we have had a few white nuckle moments already. One was on a moonless night as we came into Deception Pass on our way to La Conner Marina. We had no idea we would be facing insane cross currents that would pitch the boat to 30 degrees in one direction, then the other. We were pushing against 8-10 knot currents as the tide was rushing out. Just when we thought we were through it all, we saw a 30' whirlpool ahead with no real way around it. I chose a side and powered through it, but it grabbed the boat and pulled us sideways before we broke loose of it. Wow... Crazy. Needless to say, we have been looking for nicer water since then. That led us to James Island in the San Juans. We went north out of La Conner, west past the refinery and the Anacortes waterfront, straight across to James Island. The water was too choppy to try to moor on the east side of the island. We took the southern route around the island to the west side and the water was glass like over there. We moored, took the dinghy ashore, and explored the island some. We had dinner on the boat and woke up at 3am to the sound of someone knocking on bottom of the boat in 78 ft of water. It happed 3 times before I heard the grunt of a seal. Funny... Then we woke the next morning to snow falling. The contrast of the emerald green water to the white snow was beautiful. We cruised back into La Conner (about a 2.5 hr crossing for us) and called it a day. Fun and relaxing weekend.

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Moored at James Island this past weekend. 23 Dec 2007 16:50 #2

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Hell of a way to be introduced to Deception pass , I think maybe the name fits.
Have fun.

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Moored at James Island this past weekend. 24 Dec 2007 05:25 #3

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James Island is one my favs'..try Doe Island of Jones....you'll like it there:D

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Moored at James Island this past weekend. 27 Dec 2007 19:15 #4

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Welcome to the BOC. Sounds like you're really going to enjoy your new boat.
For what it's worth, I think you were very lucky going through deception pass.
The odds of something bad happening increase dramatically considering that you were going through an unfamiliar area against 8-10 knot currents in a new boat at night. Get yourself a tide/current chart and plan to go through the pass at or near slack tide.

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Moored at James Island this past weekend. 27 Dec 2007 23:22 #5

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welcome to the zoo...we've gone thru deception pass many a times during a full up tidal flow....it's really exciting at times as you've seen....but the best time to go thru deception is slack tide....gotta watch the tides and winds too..if there is a tide going out...winds coming in...it can get really exciting.....watch out for the standing wave on the north side of the channel....

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Moored at James Island this past weekend. 28 Dec 2007 16:12 #6

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Moored at James Island this past weekend. 29 Dec 2007 19:30 #7

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that first pic looks like it is pretty calm........I've done it many times:arr

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Moored at James Island this past weekend. 30 Dec 2007 03:39 #8

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avanti42;98702 wrote: that first pic looks like it is pretty calm........I've done it many times:arr



so have I...not an issue as long as you run thru the middle and keep your head on straight..the hard part is with snotty water..winds...and fog!!...now that's a puker factor!!!!!........

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Moored at James Island this past weekend. 03 Jan 2008 04:05 #9

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first time here and so far i love it. I spent 17 years with the Navy there. I'v been through the pass and as a diver under the pass. a few years past someone caught on film what the pass can do. a boat over 40 feet went sideways then over. not a pretty sight. still one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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Moored at James Island this past weekend. 03 Jan 2008 06:10 #10

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Another view of Deception Pass.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B3sd0XRFBE

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Moored at James Island this past weekend. 27 Mar 2008 15:35 #11

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StarBaby;98093 wrote: Welcome to the BOC. Sounds like you're really going to enjoy your new boat.
For what it's worth, I think you were very lucky going through deception pass.
The odds of something bad happening increase dramatically considering that you were going through an unfamiliar area against 8-10 knot currents in a new boat at night. Get yourself a tide/current chart and plan to go through the pass at or near slack tide.


My GPS has built in tide charts.

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Moored at James Island this past weekend. 28 Mar 2008 20:19 #12

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While tide information is good to have, going through Deception Pass what you really want to be looking at is the current charts.

http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/get_predc.shtml?year=2008&stn=6165+Deception+Pass&fldavgd=090&ebbavgd=270&footnote=

(the full URL isn't displayed, but the link works)

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