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Old 05-06-2019, 12:20 PM   #41
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Not gonna be one of our spots to cross on our trip south. We crossed that one off the list after seeing just how narrow the opening is. Newport is 90 minutes south and much larger opening.
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Old 05-06-2019, 01:33 PM   #42
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Hope you have clean underwear, as adrenaline is brown.........

But seriously.....why even contemplating to risk it? Good seamanship is also waging all pro's and cons....and are you alone or endangering the lives of those on board? No thank you!
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First the OP said "had a girlriend" so assuming no existing ties to the location I would skip it. If I had friend or family there I would gladly pay any reasonable or perhaps unreasonable cost (Uber, rental, taxi) to avoid that entrance. If a local captain and the CG are challenged that tells me all I need to know.
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Not gonna be one of our spots to cross on our trip south. We crossed that one off the list after seeing just how narrow the opening is. Newport is 90 minutes south and much larger opening.
You're actually at their upper size limit too as boats over 50' can't enter without a special waiver from the harbormaster and then only at high tide.

During good conditions and in the right boat, the Inlet can be benign. However, not to put down Depoe Bay as I'm sure it's a fine place, but I just don't see the attraction justifying wondering if you will be able to enter. The one thing there is the whale watching center but then you're in a boat so already have better access.

When we traveled down the Oregon coast, we selected what we felt were the best inlets in advance and so didn't push to any we weren't comfortable with.
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Old 05-07-2019, 03:51 AM   #45
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I've pretty much talked myself out of it.
Which is pretty amazing as I do like to push myself.
In this case, I just see downsides, with little up, since I'm sure Dauntless and I can do it, so there is no sense of accomplishment in it.
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We ran out of there for almost 30 years, the last obat was 30'. Never had an issue. Both boats in those clips did the same thing wrong, got on the front of the wave. The Captain of the charter boat was fired when he tied up. That was in violation of running Depot Bay 101 instructions. Can't wait to run our new 40' in there
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I should add that I ran with an experienced skipper the first first few times to learn the technique. I would not want to encourage anyone to blindly go in there without instruction.
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I should add that I ran with an experienced skipper the first first few times to learn the technique. I would not want to encourage anyone to blindly go in there without instruction.
Thanks DT for the update.
Yes. I hardly post videos here, yet was struck by how incompetent that skipper seemed.
Also, besides the obvious of surfing in on the front of a wave, I've learned to be patient and willingly make a 360 to better align the boat, if while waiting, we get pushed off line.

The Kadey Krogen, with her big rudder, can do a 180 in less than 2 boat lenghts, < 90'.

Backing and filling, I can turn around in about one boat length without my bow thruster that I broke in 2015.
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