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PWS Cruising Info
Posted by Fish Witch on Apr 06 2005
The best information on cruising in PWS are the Cruising Guides by Jim and Nancy Lethcoe.  They used to come in two volumes, the Western Part (Whittier to points east including Unakwik, just past Knight Island down to the Western Entrance) and Eastern Part being teh rest.  I think it may come in one volume now.  I also includes a wealth of general good advice about cruising in the Sound.  The Lethcoe's have been cruising in the Sound a lot longer than most folks, and the guides are indispensible for access to some of the best anchorages in the Sound.  They even provide some geologic history, I believe Jim is a geologist who couldn't resist offering a little extra - a nice touch.

There's nobody I know of that provides a course on this, so good luck and play it safe!  If you made it to Culross, the worst is generally behind you.  Port Wells is one of the areas of concern - Decision Point is named for a reason.  If you have easterlies or northeasterlies, then it will be tough to get from Culross to points south or east so watch the wind directions, they change depending on where you are in the Sound despite what the forecast say.  I've seen it blow from 3 directions at the same time in Port Wells with confused seas so make a call on VHF or check buoy 46081 before you cross Port Wells.  

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