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Offline davidsea

Anacortes launch
« on: October 11, 2019, 09:13:13 PM »
    Just FYI  -  the often problematic but much-used launch ramp at Anacortes' Washington Park is in rough shape.  I started to launch there today (Friday) but saw the big yellow signs warning about storm damage to ramps and dock.  The dock is reduced to about half-length, but the real problem is loads of pea gravel from the beach washed onto the ramp.  About 30 feet of the ramps, between low and high tide levels, is completely covered - some of it 8 - 12 inches deep - in fine gravel.  You could probably push through it launching, but retrieval would be exciting, and probably would shower your boat with rocks trying to get any traction.  I just said 'no' and went to Cornet Bay, no issues there.
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Offline Markshoreline

Re: Anacortes launch
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2019, 09:15:49 PM »
Cornet is always a great launch.
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Online rclark4179

Re: Anacortes launch
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2019, 07:15:33 AM »
The sling launch at Cap Sante Marina is another (though more expensive) option. The last time I used Washington Park was in July and it was a mess then. The hike back and forth to the parking lot is no picnik either. One downside to using Cap Sante is the trailer parking can be hard to come bye near the launch.
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Online Peddler

Re: Anacortes launch
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2019, 07:25:55 AM »
Cornet is always a great launch.

I don’t know why anyone would go anywhere else! I guess Deception Pass could be a little intimidating? Otherwise, it’s a fantastic launch.


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Offline Markshoreline

Re: Anacortes launch
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2019, 02:43:20 PM »
The other launch in that area is Bowman Bay.
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Offline ATGEP

Re: Anacortes launch
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2019, 05:25:14 PM »
My vote is for Skyline Marina. Sling lunch, close parking. Expensive yes but hassle factor is nil.

Offline davidsea

Re: Anacortes launch
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2019, 08:40:22 PM »
   I'm not a big fan of sling launching mostly because I'm basically pretty cheap.  It's nice to have somebody else launch and load for you, without all that nasty backing, wading, and winch cranking, but I've been doing it so long I might miss it....or not.  The 3 monorails I'm familiar with are :  Edmonds, $47 with 1 day's parking,  CapSante, $47 with 1 day's parking, and Skyline, $53 with 1 day's parking...all of these for a 20 foot boat.  I agree that Washington Park is more trouble than it's worth.  The other options nearby are ramps - Swinomish slough,under the Hwy. 20 bridge by the casino ($17, incl. parking),  Swinomish slough - City of LaConner  ($7, park free) ,  Bowman's Bay ($17 incl. parking, but no dock), and my favorite,  Cornet Bay ($17, incl. parking).   The bargain deal at all the State sites is the Discover Pass at $30/year, which covers all parking, and reduces launch fee to $7.  If you use it 3 times in a year, it's paid for.
  The other downside to the slings is hours of operation.  I think the hours for all of them are  7 or 8AM to 5PM.  In the summer, at 5PM, I want to be sitting in a cove somewhere, grilling my dinner, not racing back to the marina to get my my boat reloaded before they close.    m2c     
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2009 Duroboat 16 CC, Honda 50  -  SOLD
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Offline Markshoreline

Re: Anacortes launch
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2019, 10:23:26 AM »
Dave thanks for the great info on the Northerly launches and pricing.
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Online Peddler

Re: Anacortes launch
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2019, 08:24:35 PM »
Lots of great info there, Dave! I wish there was a sling option down here in Oly.


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Offline crabby

Re: Anacortes launch
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2020, 03:52:30 AM »
I’ve heard there are new docks waiting to go in, if the wind lets them. The powers to be have given them permission to remove the sand and gravel. This came from a retired city worker who uses the ramp when available. I can say dropping in at skyline or the Cap Sante  rent a slip, that’s for me, takes me 12-15 minutes to go by Washington park.

Online Peddler

Anacortes launch
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2020, 09:40:47 AM »
The new docks are in, the gravel is still there, as of yesterday.



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Re: Anacortes launch
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2020, 12:03:05 PM »
Thanks Dave for information on the launches.
I use the "Natural Investment Permit" for state park launches, as it takes the place of the Discover Pass and pays for the launch. It is $80 for a full 12 months from the time you buy it.
The only thing I have to pay for is overnight parking fee which is $10 per night.

Here is the link:

https://parks.state.wa.us/470/Natural-Investment-Permit

Looking forward to using the new dock at Washington Park. With 4x4, the gravel isn't an issue.
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