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Old 09-21-2017, 09:54 PM   #12
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City: Between Oregon and Alaska
Country: US
Vessel Name: Charlie Harper
Vessel Model: Wheeler Shipyard 83'
Join Date: Jun 2016
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The way to make the trip is stay at Neah Bay and wait for the weather and don't hold out for perfect weather. It's about 15 hours @10 knots to the Columbia Bar. Usually the sea is going with you. Time your leaving to arrive at slack water, high tide, you'll get the best ride. My last crossing was with small craft warnings and gale on the outside. The bar crossing was no big deal. If you cross on the ebb tide with west or nw wind you'll get steeper, close together waves. But I've done it. Fishermen do it all the time.

Watch out for Buoys.
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