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    4788 Draft / Penrose State Park Dock

    Out for my first trip south of the Tacoma narrows solo. Just pulled into The dock at Penrose Park. I am at the end of the dock on the west side. I used a lead line and took measurements at the stern, mid and bow. At high tide I have 17.3' at the bow and 18.3' at the stern. The state parks posted tides show 13.1' for the high (exactly when I took my measurements) and a low of -1.0 ear,y tomorrow morning. Based on this I can expect 3.2' at the bow and 4.2' at the stern.

    A tide app shows the high to only be 12.2 and the low tomorrow to be -.9. Based on this I would expect a minimum of 4.2 at the bow and 5.2 at the stern.

    Any thoughts about the actual draft of the 4788? Am I likely to cause damage if the props touch bottom? I don't know what the bottom is, I would expect fine gravel or mud.

    Any local knowledge?

    I may sit around until the first low at 3:55 PM which is a 6.0' tide and re measure. Just not sure how accurate tide tables are.
    Last edited by Jim_Gandee; 11-07-2017, 10:27 AM.
    Partner in a 1999 4788

    Seattle, WA

    #2
    "Any thoughts about the actual draft of the 4788? Am I likely to cause damage if the props touch bottom? I don't know what the bottom is, I would expect fine gravel or mud."

    Mine was 39" measured by me when diving - should be pretty close to that.
    Northport NY

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      #3
      About 40 inches unless your stern factory water line is below water due to your bilge, back deck and bridge load.
      Started boating 1965
      Bayliners owned: 26 Victoria, 28 Bounty, 32, 38, and 47 since 1996

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        #4
        Honestly, If in doubt, go grab a mooring ball. A lot better to use your dinghy than to fix your props and such if you are on the bottom.

        I choose to not use the dock there for the same reason you are asking about. I draw about 42" at the most. Any wave will change that even though that is a very protected dock. The mooring balls and anchorage is very nice to sit at. If you want to go a shore, then it is just a 5 minute ride in a slow dinghy to the dock to get out and walk around.
        1992 3288, twin Hino 150's sold
        S. Puget Sound

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          #5
          Decided to do the wise thing and moved to another location. I am now at anchore at McMicken State Park. FYI, I haven't seen another boat all day since I left Gig Harbor.

          Thank you all, I might stay on the dock in the future if the tide was at least +2. BTW, Lakebay Marina has hand drawn instructions on their website for entering the Cove. Also Google earth is handy, the bars are easy to see!
          Partner in a 1999 4788

          Seattle, WA

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            #6
            Bottom there wouldnt do much if you touched down a bit at low tide. I wouldn't recommend moving in or out of the dock right then but to ride it out during the day and not go anywhere for the part where water gets skinny wouldn't sweat it.

            I heard a rumor that they had added power on the dock there - can you confirm or deny that?
            1999 Sandpiper Pilothouse - Current
            1989 3888 - 2011-2019, 1985 Contessa - 2005-2011, 1986 21' Trophy 1998-2005
            Nobody gets out alive.

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              #7
              No power, I think the just added power to one of the Jarrell Cove docks, I am headed there tomorrow I'll let you know
              Partner in a 1999 4788

              Seattle, WA

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                #8
                Old Squaxin island park, south east end of island is a nice place to drop hook. pull in to Boston harbor for a tap beer, Shelton yatch club is a nice hr. run from hope island and walking distance from marina to town. Then to oly pull up to Harthfire dock for happy hr hors. Swantown now has fuel. Then to Percival landing oly for a little cultural shock and walking distance to capital. Remember don't tell anyone about our quiet little chunk of the south sound. enjoy
                1993 43.88 bayliner motoryatch

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                  #9
                  The southern dock at Jarrell now has power, nice modern wide dock. Parks has posted the following depth info for that dock

                  Thanks



                  Partner in a 1999 4788

                  Seattle, WA

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                    #10
                    "stargazerwa" post=827357 wrote:
                    BTW, Lakebay Marina has hand drawn instructions on their website for entering the Cove. Also Google earth is handy, the bars are easy to see!
                    The bars are also easy to see when you run into them on a falling tide with your 30' sailboat (yes, that was ours...):


                    Attached files

                    Thanks,
                    Matt B.
                    2002 Bayliner 4788
                    Previously: 1984 34' CHB, 1986 28' Bayliner Contessa, 1986 Catalina 30, 1976 Catalina 28
                    https://mvcesc.wordpress.com/

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                      #11
                      I don't know Penrose but when I had our 4788 out for survey we measured 48" from actual waterline to bottom of the props. We have been in the ICW since March and that seems to be a pretty good measurement.

                      Kevin Spellman

                      m/v No Plan

                      1997 4788
                      We have No Plan and we're sticking to it...,

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