7am update: Nice exit from Grays. Bar was docile. Learned upon yesterdays entry to avoid the section of the "restricted" main channel that had crab traps. Seas are 3 foot widely spaced with 1 foot chop as wind is from the SE at 15 knots. Now headed south pointed towards the Columbia River offshore buoy to minimize ship traffic and the River's influence on sea conditions.
|Arctic Fury inbound to Grays Harbor this morning.|
Seas off the Columbia River
|Sea calming down a rgan your gear about the harbor|
7 pm: We successfully navigated the Tillamook Bay bar at 6:15 slack water after the bar was opened by the USCG. The Coast Guard did recommend we wear life vests while crossing, which we did. Took a vacant slip in Garibaldi Marina and it's the best bargain on the coast: $20 for 60-feet including power! (The highest we heard was Dent Lodge in BC at $3.50/foot). Dined at the Troller Restaurant which was great. Met the crew of the 65-foot Mai Tai and they too were looking for refuge in Tillamook. They are headed to So Cal.
Looks like we're showing fine on AIS at www.MarinaTraffic.com tonight. Tomorrow we re cross the Bar at 7 am heading for Newport Oregon. Good night.
Crossing the Tillamook Bay bar.
|Water breaking at south end of Tillamook Bay bar.|
|The picturesque town of Giribaldi. The "G" is lighted on the hill.|