kolive wrote:We moved our boat from Anacortes to Vashon Island for our new moorage. Saves us 2 hours of car time but sacrifices the quick access to the islands.
When we bought our boat in 1998 we decided to moor it in Bellingham even though as a Boeing employee we live east of Seattle. We can drive to Bellingham in two hours or less, and even with just an 8-knot boat this means we can get out into the islands even if all we have is a two-day weekend.
We use the boat year-round as a getaway cabin. So we'll often drive up just to stay on the boat for a weekend. Our slip is in the outer part of the marina basin, so with a view of the bay and the islands, even if we don't go anywhere we feel like we've gone somewhere.
The downside is that between work, the weather, and the drive, it can be difficult to get jobs on the boat done properly, particularly external painting and brightwork and deck projects. The challenge has become not so much doing a great job on external cosmetic projects, but not letting the external cosmetics get any worse than they are.
In a few years when I retire, then we can go up to the boat and stay on it for weeks at a time when the weather is good and finally get the brightwork and painting done properly.
In the meantime we are at least able to get out into the islands on a fairly frequent basis, even if it is just for a couple of days at a time. Everywhere we like to go in the San Juans is a three hour or less cruise away from our slip. If we kept the boat farther south, say Everett or Edmonds or the Seattle area, we'd be like everyone else who keeps their boat down there (and works full time) and get up north just once or twice a year on vacations. We'd rather drive the 90 miles at 70mph and burn a few gallons of gas than get within sight of the islands at 8 knots just to have to turn around and go back.
And the view from the slip sure beats the view from our house.....