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Fish-a-Palooza
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Hopefully we can get some opinions please. Aside from location, which is the better Marina, John Wayne in Sequim or Boat haven Port Angeles?
Which has better amenities i.e. clean restrooms, showers, access to town, stores?
Which has easier access to the slips? Better protected from weather?
Which is quieter?

Thanks!
Wayne & Karen

coachbutler
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Both the PT marinas will be closer to town. The showers in John Wayne will be clean, they spend a lot of T&M taking care of marina. From JW you will need car to go to town. I’m sure 7 – Cedars will have shuttle to casino. It’s closest to marina.
PT you can easy walk to food and hotel from either marina, they are a long walk from each other.
Both have fun bars if open near marinas. With our numbers we should be in Phase 3 or 4 by April.
The local thoughts to vaccine over here is , “Roll your window down and your sleeve up”.
My moorage is in PA, if you stay in JW and want to drive over see guys in Port Hudson let me know I will be driving over for a malted beverage (and hopefully show my BIG halibut picture since I don’t know how to post on website)

Coach

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I’m a little confused. Are you referencing port townsend boat haven when you type PT?
I’m actually looking for info on port Angeles BH where you indicate you keep your boat.

We are going to be staying at point hudson end of April for the 1st week of halibut so definitely hope to see you there!

coachbutler
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Sorry:
I think of Port Townsand when I use “Boat Haven”
I just refer to Port Angeles as PA. I just checked, it’s also called Boat Haven. The west side is a long walk to what I would call downtown Port Angeles. The east side would be closer, but still a little hike.
For fishing, Port Angeles is closer to most of the fishing area, the the bathrooms and grounds are nicer in Sequim (John Wayne),for monthly moorage it’s cheaper. About $50.00/month
For John Wayne other then the one restaurant at the marina, the little campground store/snack shop it’s too far to walk to town.
We are choosing Port Angeles because of the closer to most fishing. From our house it’s 10 minutes to John Wayne and about 20 to Port Angeles.
Coach

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Thanks Coach! What’s driving this is I’m being told by all the Marinas in the area that it’s likely they will be slammed so you can’t count on available moorage the day of. There is only one Marina in the areas I’m talking about that will take reservations and that’s Point Hudson. We have always either stayed at Point Hudson or PT Boat Haven. We have always gone around Pt Wilson to fish between there and Sequim. The big advantage to PT is, if the weather is crap in the strait we can still fish the Admiralty inlet area.

I’m trying to consider other options like possibly renting a slip on a month to month. It might make sense instead of the fuel expense of multiple trips back and forth from Everett. I always take the boat over, while the Admiral brings the car around so we don’t worry about getting somewhere. What makes me hesitate on leaving the boat over there is Security. Nothing is so close to home that I can just stop by.

My thoughts with regards to John Wayne is, you have Protection island to possibly fish behind if weather is bad, as well as Sequim bay. It also puts us in the middle between Point Wilson and Port Angeles.

The problem as I see it at Port Angeles Boat Haven is being right on the strait, so if weather is bad you are done.

coachbutler
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You’re correct on moorage availability.
That’s why we are starting moorage in March even though boat is not done until April.
I’ve always been able to get day to day in Port Angeles, but they don’t have monthly slots available during summer. Sequim always says they don’t, but most of the time they can squeeze people in. I’m sure busy weekends (opening days crab, halibut) they will most likely be full. They do have a nice boat ramp, with lots of parking.
What would free up spots is if they told year round moorage holders that when your not there put your slip in the pool and you get part of the money when rented. I’ve been told Friday Harbor does this and people out July and Aug get a good “kickback” towards there moorage bill.
Coach

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Interestingly I was looking at the moorage agreements for PA and Sequim (which seemingly come under the same agreement) state that they reserve the right to rent out your slip if it’s going to be empty but they will get to keep whatever money they get from using your slip.

One of the issues with renting a slip for me was, renting in March was almost 2 months before I would need the slip. That said if you added up what it would cost to make reservations at pt. Hudson for 5 weekends at 5 days each, came to $1000.00 vice $1350.00 to rent for 4 months until l the end of June. Of course the benefit of not traveling the 90+ nautical mile round trip each weekend to Sequim would save at least that much in fuel assuming 1 MPG @ $3.50 gal. = $315.00 each trip.

Right now I have reservations with Pt. Hudson in PT for almost all weeks I want to fish. I’m backing off renting a slip mainly because I was also reminded by the rental agreement that they have no responsibility for theft or any other issue including electric service. I admit I like having my boat in a cradle at Dagmar’s, nice and close to home. Still not perfect for security but at least if my batteries are drained by an electrical outage (battery charger) my boat won’t sink..