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Pacific Northwest Yacht Charter Information

Pacific Northwest yacht charterers enjoy cruising in sheltered inland waters among hundreds of islands between April and October. During the summer months, you will enjoy abundant sunshine and a dry climate. Summer winds are generally southeast to southwest and blowing between 5 and 15 knots throughout the summer. The area's tidal range is 10 to 12 feet. Plenty of on-shore activities to be had, including visits to untouched islands, and delightful villages, inns and spas. Great place to view Orca whales, porpoises, seals, bald eagles, otters, and sea birds. The Pacific Northwest has 4 distinct cruising grounds: The San Juan’s (which is located in the US), The Gulf Islands, The Sunshine Coast and The Desolation Sound cruising ground (all 3 of which are located in Canada).

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Some of the best cruising grounds in the US/Canada

The San Juan Islands just north of Seattle have to be one of the best cruising grounds anywhere. Catch your own crabs, oysters, salmon easy from most boats. Great State and County parks and moorages ... Read entire review

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An Orca Whale in San Juan Islands
An Orca Whale in San Juan Islands
An Orca Whale in San Juan Islands

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Pacific Northwest Yacht Charter Basic Information

  • Main Harbor or Port: Friday Harbor, Roche Harbor, Anacortes Marina, Nanaimo
  • Body of Water: Pacific Ocean
  • Nearest Major Airport: Anacortes Airport (OTS), San Juan Island Friday Harbor Airport (FRD), Orcas Island Airport (ESD) or ferry via Seattle Tacoma Airport (SEA) Vancouver Airport (YVR) is closest to Nanaimo.
  • Acceptable Forms of Currency: US Dollar, Canadian Dollar
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • How to Get There from Abroad: Yacht charterers can fly to San Juan by connecting through Seattle Tacoma Airport (30-45 minutes) or drive from Seattle Tacoma Airport to Anacortes (about an hour and a half) and take a ferry to San Juan Island. To get to Nanaimo, yacht charterers can land in Canada through Vancouver by plane or travel by car from across the US border. From there charterers can arrive in Nanaimo by taking a ferry from either Twassen or Horseshoe Bay in Vancouver area or a regular flight from Vancouver Airport to Nanaimo Airport or a floatplane from the Vancouver Airport or downtown Vancouver to one of the float plane terminals in Nanaimo.
  • Geography/Terrain: Rolling sandstone cliffs, evergreen covered islands, and beautiful madrona trees scattered throughou
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Climate in Pacific Northwest, United States

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temperatures in °F45-3448-3552-3757-4062-4466-4770-4970-5066-4758-4350-3845-35
Precipitation Totals in Inches3.92.82.31.91.71.40.91.11.32.44.44.1
Hurricane or Typhoon Danger------------
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