This time we decided to charter from San Juan Yachting because of their location in the Bellingham harbor. From there it is just a skip and a jump to the San Juans. We chose the Exodus, a 32 foot Bayliner and signed up for a week starting October 3, 2002.
While some of the other boats would have worked for us we decided on the Exodus because it had twin screws, (for maximum maneuverability), a shallow draft, (2'8"), and the main saloon was up high with a 360 degree view. Since Betty and I would be the only ones on board the single head would not be a problem.We arrived in Bellingham Wednesday before noon on October 2nd. San Juan Yachting turned out to be a well run organization with a lot of friendly helpful people. Danelle, who was always available by phone or e-mail and is our pick for future President and CEO, got us right on board the Exodus and made sure we had everything we needed.
The next morning Paulette gave us our "skippers meeting", a thorough rundown on charts, tides, currents and dangerous areas to stay away from. She provided us with; a tidal current book showing hour by hour information on the direction and intensity of the tidal currents around the islands, a visual reference of the tides for each day, a "Maptech" chart book of the San Juans with danger areas marked in red, phone numbers of the marinas and immigrations, plus all kinds of information on what we would find on the various islands we might visit. This really made everything easy for us.