Port Orchard Cruise
October 1 & 2
I thought I’d be about 1/2 way around Vancouver Island about now. But a failing heat exchanger at Comox and later dirty fuel issues have Heron back at the PMYC dock. The new heat exchanger is in and if the fuel issues are better, on October 1, I will be meeting any Club cruisers who may want to press the limits just a little farther than the Round-The-Island Gunkholer in Sinclair Inlet for the Port Orchard Cruise.
Quoting from Migael Scherer’s Cruising Guide: “In full view of the Bremerton shipyards, Port Orchard is in distinct contrast to its industrial neighbor across the inlet. The town has a deliberate old-fashioned look, with covered sidewalks, antique shops, and murals that depict life here 100 years ago. The waterfront, devoted almost entirely to public and retail use, includes a city park and a large marina that welcomes visitors.”
Anchoring should be to the west of the yacht club, north of the charted red target mark on pilings. Rafting up is the Club tradition. If Heron can make it, you may be visited by Romeo, our cat. Please return him.
POYC may have a couple reciprocal moorage spaces if you require a dock-tie and Port Orchard Marina has guest floats for short visits and overnight spaces (check with harbormaster).
West of the PO Marina, between two private marinas is a public float for day use only.
If you must visit the dark side the passenger ferry leaves for Bremerton from the east side of the PO Marina.
If Karl & Peg Dight are there I would suggest rafting to both sides of his Krogen.
If my Heron is there you may certainly raft to me ….and in celebration of my boat actually functioning reliably I’ll buy you all a beer (IPA). If not, have a good time without me!
- 10:18am: 10.4' high
- 3:34pm: 7.2' low
- 8:38pm: 10.2' high
- 4:03am: 1.0' low
- 11:40am: 10.3' high
- 4:53pm: 7.9' high
From personal experience when I used to row my racing shell from my beach cabana at the end of Tolo road I can attest that the tide can flood as far south as the Point White dock!
Hope to see you there.
Cruise Captains Jim and Sue Llewelyn