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Offline mysealium

Towing from Victoria, BC to Seattle area
« on: January 21, 2018, 09:42:57 PM »
Anyone from Victoria have any advice for towing an arima to the Seattle area? What ferry to use and pricing? Thank you!

Offline Chief of the Boat

Re: Towing from Victoria, BC to Seattle area
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2018, 07:07:45 AM »
https://www.cohoferry.com/Fares

This will get you to Port Angeles, drive down US 101 to SR 104 across Hood Canal Bridge (no toll), south on SR 3 to SR 16 across Narrows Bridge ($3.00 axle toll) north on I-5 to Seattle.
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Re: Towing from Victoria, BC to Seattle area
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2018, 08:13:22 AM »
Hi Coho is in for maintenance until February first we are on the BC ferry doing the trip in reverse If you have bought the beautiful big Arima with the Alaska bulkhead getting on and off the bC ferry is easier than the Coho. You can find the rates and schedule on there website.
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Offline Diablo

Re: Towing from Victoria, BC to Seattle area
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2018, 09:39:05 AM »
https://www.cohoferry.com/Fares

This will get you to Port Angeles, drive down US 101 to SR 104 across Hood Canal Bridge (no toll), south on SR 3 to SR 16 across Narrows Bridge ($3.00 axle toll) north on I-5 to Seattle.

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After the Narrows bridge you can also take a ferry to downtown Seattle from Bainbridge, or a ferry to West Seattle from Southwort.
There is also a ferry from Sidney BC to Anacortes WA via the San Juan Islands, very pretty.
Did you get a new boat?
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Offline troll4fish

Re: Towing from Victoria, BC to Seattle area
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2018, 10:11:46 AM »
I have used BC ferries many times going to both Swartz bay (Victoria) to fish at the Sooke bluffs and to Nanaimo (Duke point) to go to Moutcha bay resort or the north island up to Telegraph Cove.
The Swartz bay terminal is easy in and out for coming from Victoria and the Tsawwassen terminal on the mainland is also but that puts you about 135 miles north of Seattle ( 2-1/2 hours at best) and Seattle metro traffic is horribly bad ALL the time! my last trip across with 44' total length was $240 each way. If you wait until the Coho is operational again and go that way to Port Angeles you now have to either drive all the way around to the Seattle metro or take another ferry to the Seattle docks! pick your poison!
Hope this helps

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Offline headduck

Re: Towing from Victoria, BC to Seattle area
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2018, 02:48:25 PM »
Mysealium..? You must be a real fun guy..?  :smile1:
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Offline dw

Re: Towing from Victoria, BC to Seattle area
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2018, 05:48:54 PM »
Diablo

I think you mean the Hood Canal Bridge. If you have crossed the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, you would have to turn around and backtrack to Kitsap County to catch a ferry to Seattle.

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Re: Towing from Victoria, BC to Seattle area
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2018, 06:03:17 PM »
We just got to the ferry to Swartz bay so can report on the cost so a Ram 1500 and Arima Hunter 41 feet and two seniors $205 Canadian 160 about US.
We were lucky with traffic got to Edgewood south of Seattle before noon from the seven am Ferry from Swartz bay. Woolly Bully is now a proud Arima owner
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Offline mysealium

Re: Towing from Victoria, BC to Seattle area
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2018, 08:17:31 PM »
thanks guys I appreciate the responses! Headduck, I am a real fun guy now that California has some decent moisture in the ground for mushrooms to pop up!

Offline Diablo

Re: Towing from Victoria, BC to Seattle area
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2018, 08:18:28 PM »
Diablo

I think you mean the Hood Canal Bridge. If you have crossed the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, you would have to turn around and backtrack to Kitsap County to catch a ferry to Seattle.

dw

My bad, I meant HCB.
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Re: Towing from Victoria, BC to Seattle area
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2018, 08:43:37 PM »
Perhaps consider getting one of they M-Y wedge thing so your engine is not on the hydraulics for long highway drive / bumps etc....if you do not already have one. Yamaha sells these too with their brand on it.

http://www.m-ywedge.com/products.html

Offline GHMariner

Re: Towing from Victoria, BC to Seattle area
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2018, 05:42:51 AM »
BC ferry from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen, then 99/I-5 to Seattle. That's the cheapest/quickest route. Just avoid the morning rush in Seattle.

The Coho Ferry to Bainbridge then a Washington State Ferry to downtown Seattle is more fun, though.

It kind of depends exactly where in the Seattle area you're going, to be honest.

Offline Markshoreline

Re: Towing from Victoria, BC to Seattle area
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2018, 08:52:03 AM »
If you must drive through Seattle (the slow down actually begins in Everett which was recently declared the most congested traffic city in the US) my experience is you need to go between 10am and be out before 2pm.  The roads become awful both North and South bound. Otherwise, between 8pm to 5am it's actually pretty good.
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