The San Juan Islands Edition – 2016 CNW Scouting Report
We partnered with Jacobsen’s Marine for our first trip and they provided the use of a Defiance Boats 220 San Juan (*in-stock, for sale). Having a “go-fast” boat was essential, we had some miles to cover! We departed the Edmonds Marina around 8:45 am and headed up the outside of Whidbey Island, across the Strait of Juan de Fuca and into the islands. BRP- Evinrude Outboards supplied the propulsion, the 200 – G1 outboard pushed us along at 37 kts until we hit the Strait of Juan de Fuca (and a rougher patch of water) when we throttled down to 26-27 kts. We were impressed with the boat and motor!
There is a v-berth upfront, a settee to port, helm to starboard with a sink and fridge aft of the helm. Outside there is an ample cockpit area and plently of options to mount downriggers and/or pot pullers. The official CruisingNW classification: Fisher/Cruiser.
We kept an eye out for our local Orca friends to no avail but we did get to visit with numerous harbor seals and several porpoise/blackfish/dolphins. Up the west side of San Juan we cruised, taking in the scenery including Lime Kiln Point light house. The we arrived, the first stop, Snug Harbor Marina in Mitchell Bay.
Stop 1: SNUG HARBOR MARINA
Our first stop on the Scouting report was Snug Harbor Marina. The new on-shore construction and updates are very evident upon
arrival, and simply beautiful! The docks are next up on the list. Current slips are limited to 28′ and under.
This is a great spot, location wise, for fishing and whale watching. The sunsets are amazing, we recommend a dinghy ride to the mouth of the bay. Sit, watch, enjoy.
Quote from Snug Harbor…
“Bring in your catch and clean it at the cleaning tables provided for our guests. Want to cook your day’s catch? Feel free to use one of our two crab cookers or barbecues.”
Snug Harbor Marina
Roche Harbor Marina
Gas Diesel Propane
Stop 2: ROCHE HARBOR MARINA
We departed Snug Harbor and made the long journey to Roche Harbor. Simply put, you can’t have a report on the San Juan Islands without including Roche on the itinerary. Updates: Hmmm. The fuel dock was upgraded last year, how about that. Roche Harbor is still the #1 destination in the San Juans. It still has everything you need. If you haven’t been, make sure to get reservations and plan dinner around the Colors Ceremony, you won’t regret it.
You can learn more about Roche Harbor on our Destination: Roche Harbor page.
Stop 3: DEER HARBOR MARINA
Stop 4: PORT OF FRIDAY HARBOR MARINA
The hub of the San Juan Islands. This is the spot to make anything you need happen. Ice, beer, the ferry, haul out, marine supplies, happy hour, Herb’s…you name it.
The big news right now is the progress on the Downriggers restaurant site. They are really coming along! Last year, new docks… This year, new building! The final tenant build out is under way, hopefully operational some time this summer. We wish the tenants and the construction crews the best of luck! Congrats Friday Harbor!
If you haven’t been to Friday Harbor, we find it is a perfect spot to start every cruise. What ever you forgot, you can get it here.
Orcas Island and Blakely Island
One of the legendary architectural feats in the San Juan Islands. The mansion Robert Moran built is now the the main building for this resort. The iconic hotel building is over-engineered like the ships of its era and here it still stands.
2016 Summer Nightly Rates
•26’ Slip – $49.00
•32’ Slip – $59.00
•40’ Slip – $69.00
•58’ Slip – $79.00
•59′-190′ -$2.00 per foot
Blakely Island Marina
I bet you usually pass right by? A great spot to start your cruise, if you got a late start, and a great spot to end your cruise if you just aren’t ready to return to reality yet. Not just a fuel dock, although it does have gas and diesel, there is a fun little store as well.
Not a lot of current info, but click here for starters. Blakely Island Marina
This place has been here forever, well, 1952 anyway. Full of charm and fun. The bar is a great place for live music and drinks. The pool area is in great shape. Showers, hot tub, laundry and a work out room. Cabins and camping available too.
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It’s for sale! This is a bit of a lost treasure in the islands. The food is actually very good, and a fun little bar. The marina is quaint but in very good condition. Power on the docks, located in the south end of Fisherman’s Bay with a nice break from the wind I might add.
The video of the trip will be posted here soon!
The CruisingNW.com scouting report series will become an annual presentation. They are designed to shine a light on what is real and accurate “now” to assist you in your cruise planning. We will create a report for all of our regional sections:
- South Puget Sound, Central Puget Sound, North Puget Sound and Hood Canal
- San Juan Islands, North Mainland, Strait of Juan de Fuca
- Victoria, Sidney and Saanich Inlet, The Gulf Islands
- Sunshine Coast, Desolation Sound
- Johnstone Strait and the Broughton Islands