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Old 03-31-2018, 04:24 PM   #1
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Default PNW boating season

I am wondering what months that you can comfortably boat in that area?
It would be a live aboard situation just for the early spring to early fall.
Looking for a change of scenery.
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Old 04-01-2018, 12:40 AM   #2
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Donald, I live in Spokane, WA (Inland North West) we enjoy about 6 months (May-Oct) of lake life and boating. Sorry much too cold for me to live aboard year round, but the wife and I are on the boat Fri-Sun every weekend of our "summer". We keep our boat on Lake Coeur d'alene, ID. We have dockmates who live-aboard through the season.

I believe the folks over on the Puget Sound can boat year round.
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Thanks NoonRiver.
I was not thinking of year around, just the summer.
Hoping someone in the Puget Sound area will respond.
But we are also thinking about your area.
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Donald, We have many large lakes out this way. Lake Roosevelt has 118mi of navigable water, Lake Pend Oreille (one of the deepest in North America), Priest Lake, and the Columbia River.
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You can live aboard year round over here (Puget Sound/Lake Washington), it just depends on your temperature/rain tolerance level. We go weekend boating all year.
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Old 04-02-2018, 03:06 PM   #6
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Good Morning.
I was not thinking of all year, just for the summer.
I have a back injury that wont let me stay on the boat down here (Sacramento area) too long in the winter.
So I ask another question.
What is the earliest and latest you can boat and not be uncomfortable?
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Totally depends on amenities on the boat. If you have a fully canvassed boat and auxiliary heat (espar/etc.) then all year round is comfortable. If you have an open helm, you're going to want to stick to late June through early September. We boat in both our 42' Meridian (fully enclosed, Espar heat) year round, and on the Maxum 2800 (fully enclosed, red dot heat while under way, electric heat at the dock) year round as well.
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Donald, another thing to consider is reserving a slip. Our lake (CDA) has limited slip availability each year and highly sought after for the few that come up. I'm not sure about Lake Washington over near Seattle, but the early bird gets the best piling
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Understood
Still in the planing mode.
Thanks to all.
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