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Old 08-16-2016, 04:49 PM   #21
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I talked to a nice lady in Bainbridge. Here is what I found out.

Anchoring in WA State is allowed, where there are no restrictions, for 30 days. After that, you need to move, but you can anchor another area for another 30 days. That's it, 60 days total a year for free anchoring.

If you want to moor on a buoy at Bainbridge, you can do so all year long for a fee. It is calculated based on the boat's length depending, if you are with one, or two buoys connected aft and bow. The minimum charge is $175. This is for a 30' boat. Anything above that is $1.50/foot. So, if you have a 50' boat, you will pay 175+30=205 dollars per month. For this, you will get nothing, except the spot on the water. No parking, no shower, no power, no water. You can dinghy out and leave it on shore for free, but everything else is up to you. The ferry is less than a mile away, so walking there can be managed. The ferry ride is 35 minutes to downtown Seattle and the monthly pass is $105.
There is an application form for mooring on buoy. You can download it from here:
Documents, Forms & Applications | Bainbridge Island, WA - Official Website
The form has the foot/charge calculation info at the bottom. It has to be submitted in November, each year, and the process takes a month. By the end of December, you will know, if you have a buoy to hook up to, or not. The contract is for one year commitment. The City decides, if there is a free buoy, or not. It is possible that there will be nothing available and you need to try it again a year later.
There are also about 500 privately owned buoys in the same area. These belong to citizens and you need to contact them directly. The City is not involved with those, as long proper permits are obtained for the buoys.

If you choose marina mooring, with water/electricity/etc. you will pay $12/foot/mo. Not much cheaper than Lake Union, or even more in some cases. Bainbridge is a beautiful place, but unless you live and work on the island, it is not the best deal.
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Old 08-16-2016, 06:43 PM   #22
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Very interesting. Thanks for the follow-up.

Down in the Tacoma area, a slip is about $9 per foot. The closer you get to Seattle, the higher it would get I would imagine. Not sure if you have checked at Kingston yet? It likely would be expensive, but the marina is a nice one and is right next to the ferry dock.

Edit: Nevermind I see that you checked with Kingston. l the rates there are lower than I would have expected, maybe that is why they have such a long waiting list. It really is a nice spot however. Just the coffee stand with the fresh doughnuts right next to the ferry dock would be make the place a good one to stay at.
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Old 08-16-2016, 06:49 PM   #23
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Check out Vashon, Quartermaster Marina. I am moored there and it is a reasonable public transportation commute. I don't have their rates handy but it is a quiet place to be. What size boat are you talking about?
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Old 08-16-2016, 06:54 PM   #24
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First I say to each his own, and some folks will put different values on their time and their comfort.
Here is my take and I would not consider what you propose for a minute.
Seattle and surrounds will be wet and cold over 150 days a year and the commute around a daytime work schedule over any distance will consume significant chunks of you life. In the Bainbrdge example you will spend $400 on a mooring and ferry per month and spend 2.5 hours of your life each day between work and home. Down town moorage or nice Lake Union will be $800 or less and you could ride you bike or a bus to work in 15 minutes. Thus you could walk to the ferry in the cold and wet after a cold wet dinghy ride on both ends of the day consuming 2.5 hours of your life each day, OR......for $12 a day more,you could get two hours of your life and total comfort back by mooring in Seattle.
There is a reason that it is worth more.
If you choose to anchor or take a mooring and adopt this long complicated commute and you last past Christmas, you are one tough, thrifty dude and my hat is off to you.
For me....no thanks.
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Check out Vashon, Quartermaster Marina. I am moored there and it is a reasonable public transportation commute. I don't have their rates handy but it is a quiet place to be. What size boat are you talking about?
How far from there to the ferry terminal on the North end of the island?

It is a pretty nice quiet spot. Also one of the few places in the South Sound where after a really hot string of weather and a large tide, the water can be just warm enough to swim in.
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Old 08-16-2016, 07:56 PM   #26
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I think its about 15-20 minutes or so. I bought a little MWB near the south end and towed it on a trailer to the ferry. Not too long. That would be the least offensive part of a commute to the UW in north Seattle though. The traffic down there is horrendous at times! I know folks do such things but it aint for me. I knew a few guys that commuted by ferry to Interbay when I worked at Fishermans Terminal some years ago. They all bragged about what great lifestyle it was and how the ferry was a pleasant way to unwind. But I lived 10 minutes from work and was home with my feet up drinking a beer before these guys were even anywhere near the ferry docks!
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Old 08-16-2016, 08:01 PM   #27
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From Quartermaster to the North end is about 15-20 as mentioned by 78Puget-trawler above. There is a bus that stops right at the marina in Burton that goes to the ferry as well.
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Old 08-16-2016, 08:27 PM   #28
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You can try the marina on Foss water way in Tacoma, The sound transit station is just a couple blocks away and the downtown area around the Uof W campus is getting to be a popular spot...
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Check out Vashon, Quartermaster Marina. I am moored there and it is a reasonable public transportation commute. I don't have their rates handy but it is a quiet place to be. What size boat are you talking about?

Kolive: I am planning a trip your direction and see that AC warns of the crab traps at the entrance to Quartermaster Harbor. Are they as bad as reported? Sorry for the thread drift.
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I'm not so certain you are limited to anchoring 60 days total per year. I have a friend that keeps his boat at anchor all year long (although he does not liveaboard). He used to anchor in Port Ludlow all summer long, but the DNR rules made him move the boat after 30 days. He keeps it anchored in Mats Mats Bay all winter.

If you're looking for a liveaboard marina, check out Port Ludlow (where we liveaboard). Very quiet, safe and secure. And it's only 20-25 minutes by car to the Kingston ferry terminal. Here's the video cruising guide we made for Port Ludlow:

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You can try the marina on Foss water way in Tacoma, The sound transit station is just a couple blocks away and the downtown area around the Uof W campus is getting to be a popular spot...
Not a bad suggestion. Downtown Racoma is kind of a nice spot now. The Sounder from Tacoma to Seattle is a good way to get to Seattle then I think you can good transit from the station to the U.

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If you're looking for a liveaboard marina, check out Port Ludlow (where we liveaboard). Very quiet, safe and secure. And it's only 20-25 minutes by car to the Kingston ferry terminal. Here's the video cruising guide we made for Port Ludlow:

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I did not realize you were in Tacoma. We bought our boat out of Port Ludlow. Just be aware of those rocks outside of Port Ludlow.
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please tell that wasn't your North Pacific in the photo...
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Tyee marina to the Tacoma Sounder sta. should be about 10 to15 min. However there are no services(food,fuel, etc.) close by. Decent marina though.
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Kolive.
I searched for info on Quartermaster, but I could find only articles about how the State cleaned up the buoys and the Yacht Club. The YC requires Vashon residency for mooring. Guests can stay only for 4 days in their marina.
Is there another marina in Quartermaster?
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I called Tyee today and talked to a nice lady. It does sound promising, the price is reasonable, they can fit larger boats, free parking. No liveaboard now. Maybe next year, she said.
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Is there parking or P&R near the Sounder station in Tacoma?
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You are making total sense and I have to agree with you. My interest in anchoring was hypothetical. Now I know lot more about the situation and I might just let it go. If it was free, yes, I would consider it. I am tough, tough, tough. Well, not that tough. But to save couple hundred bucks and go through the hassle, no, it is not worth it. Time is essence.
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I just discovered that there is Water Taxi to downtown Seattle from the tip of Vashon. The ride is 22 minutes. If the distance is 5-6 miles from Quatermaster and the car can be parked somewhere, it could be a solution. From downtown, the light rail takes 15 minutes to the UW Station.
Now, all we need is info on mooring slips in Quatermaster. No anchoring, regular slips. I hope there is some type of marina there for non-residents?
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Traps can be a nuisance but they are usually not too bad. The buoys are visible with their red/white floats.
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Call Scotty @ 206-463-3624 or 203-919-2318

8-4:30 I believe are his hours. He is the contact at the marina and can give you moorage info.
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