Low Water and Haulout Slipped

First, just a few photos of a big tide on the low end, and what it does to boats in my marina.  My boat dried out like this one one time, and it bent a stanchion as it leaned over against the finger pier – that’s the main reason why I haul out every winter.  The boat featured here is a Compac Yachts 23.  These are beautiful little boats, with quality componants, a fixed stub keel, and I suspect, pretty sailing characteristics.  I’ve always admired them, so it’s nice to have one in the marina to look at all the time.

If you’re interested to know more about Compac Yachts, here’s a link: https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/com-pac-23-mk-3

The tide is about -2 feet today, so all the shallow slips dry out.  We had a shallow slip when we first came to this marina, but after the first season, we asked to move the boat to one of the deeper slips.  We haven’t had a problem since then, but we also don’t leave the boat in the water for the winter either.

A little photo of the muddy foreshore

I delivered Cay of Sea across the creek last week for haulout.  Here’s the evidence.  Winterizing seemed unusually easy this year. . . hmmmm, I wonder what I forgot!  She’s out of the water now, and I still need to put on the winter cover.  I guess that will make it seem like I’ve done enough work.

  1. Hi, Rick. So – besides maintenance on your boat, how are you going to pass the winter? :-)

  2. Yup – we get the occasional -2 tide, and sometimes approach -3. For tomorrow, we are looking at -1.94 and +9.48. And these are not the big swings, as I am sure you remember from your times out here… All the docks here are floating docks – with that kind of swing, fixed docks just don’t work. And sadly, these big tidal swings drive large currents, meaning that ‘drift’ sailing just means being swept down-current.

  3. I remember the huge tides there very well. When there is a king tide in the Puget Sound area, the volume of water moving is massive. I remember motoring from Poulsbo to Blake Island on our Catalina 22, and hitting that current race in the Rich Passage between the southern end of Bainbridge Island and the tip of the mainland near Wynn Jones Park. I was motoring WOT and making about 1 knot against the current. Although some marinas have floating piers here, there really isn’t a need for them, as our average tide is about 2 feet, and where we live it doesn’t generate a lot of current either.

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