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    Navigating Duwamish Waterway in Seattle-gctid804988

    Hi All:

    I am delivering my boat to Alaska Marine Lines in Seattle from the Des Moines marina this week for delivery to Alaska.

    As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have no experience cruising in this area, so I would appreciate any advice from experienced skippers that have delivered boats to shipping companies in this particular body of water.

    The chart makes it look pretty straightforward, but I'd rather learn from advice than from having a "learning experience."

    Thanks in advance!

    Dave Stephens
    Dave Stephens
    2002 3988 "Chinook"
    Cape Coral, FL

    AND

    1988 3218 "Raven"
    Cordova, Alaska

    (Yes . . 2 boat owner: A special kind of dumb!)

    #2
    I moored a boat up the Duwamish a long time ago. No big issues, go on the west side of Harbor Island, the two road bridges are very high, the railroad bridge is low and might rarely cause a delay, and avoid getting squeezed between a moving barge and an immoveable object. It can get narrow. Don't know much about shipping company docks. Hope this helps.
    "Impasse". 2001 3988
    Cummins 330's
    Puget Sound

    "You don't want to be the richest guy in the nursing home..."

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      #3
      Thanks!
      ..........
      Dave Stephens
      2002 3988 "Chinook"
      Cape Coral, FL

      AND

      1988 3218 "Raven"
      Cordova, Alaska

      (Yes . . 2 boat owner: A special kind of dumb!)

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        #4
        I'm from Alaska

        I went down the Duwarmish with no problems over to the locks and up to lake Union you should have no issues

        Backed the boat out of the slings hanging on a fork lift

        Cheers Roy

        Ketchikan Alaska
        1988 3818
        EH 700
        Custom hard top enclosed

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          #5
          Nope. Two different waterways. I know Sleepless in Seattle made it look like Lake Union was just a rowboat ride away from Alki but it's not really so. The Duwamish is at the south end of Elliott Bay and the Washington Ship Canal transits the Locks on the north side of Magnolia near the Shilsole Marina. If you can't see the stadiums you're not there yet.
          Drew Haas
          1998 4788 "Painkiller"

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            #6
            Hi All:

            Pleased to report this was a very easy cruise. Wide and deep access, with clear navigational aids. I wish I could give the advice I was looking for when I posted this, but it's really a piece of cake to navigate. No tricks for getting to the shipping company's dock.

            However, I do have to admit the bit when they lowered the straps into the water (current running at about 1.5 knots) and three guys in hard hats stared at me from 40 feet up on the top of the barge like "You gonna just float there?" it was a bit disconcerting (no VHF comms, etc.) . . . but no guts no glory, I nosed her into the current and those straps, the dude from the crane yelled "look okay?" I replied "How the hell should I know?!" . . . He took that for "Yes! Looks perfect!" and she got raised up those 40 feet. (Remembered to kill the engines after about 15 seconds being lifted out).

            Ironically, after me and my buddy got lifted out while still on board, then told to jump the gap between the barge and the boat onto the 6" wide ledge, and climb over the cable guard rail, they handed us hard hats and orange safety vests to wear while on the barge . . . because they're all about safety I guess!! LOL.

            Still, a good day. Much easier and more efficient than I thought it would be.

            She's on her way to Alaska now.

            Thanks to everyone for the advice.

            Dave
            Dave Stephens
            2002 3988 "Chinook"
            Cape Coral, FL

            AND

            1988 3218 "Raven"
            Cordova, Alaska

            (Yes . . 2 boat owner: A special kind of dumb!)

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              #7
              Glad it worked out

              What part of Alaska is she heading too

              Roy

              Ketchikan,Alaska
              1988 3818
              EH 700
              Custom hard top enclosed

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                #8
                Drewhaas. ???

                Don't get your post

                Cheers Roy
                1988 3818
                EH 700
                Custom hard top enclosed

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                  #9
                  HI Roy

                  Where do you moor at in Ketchikan?

                  I'm at Bar Hrb S float 5 slip 27 Boat name Skeeter 3

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                    #10
                    Roy,

                    She's headed to Cordova.

                    Thanks,

                    Dave
                    Dave Stephens
                    2002 3988 "Chinook"
                    Cape Coral, FL

                    AND

                    1988 3218 "Raven"
                    Cordova, Alaska

                    (Yes . . 2 boat owner: A special kind of dumb!)

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                      #11
                      Bar harbor north float 10 stall 25 right below the harbor master office

                      I get to hang out with the big boats and most of the livaboard it is a lot of fun down there

                      Cheers Roy
                      1988 3818
                      EH 700
                      Custom hard top enclosed

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