We spent about a week in Auke Bay, Statter Harbor, a marina NW of Juneau. We can't get into the marina downtown because of the height of the bridge, and the height of our mast, the two won't play nice.
The waiting list for a permanent slip here is quite long, and so about half of the docks are what they call "transient". It seems like everyone who owns a boat in Juneau, uses the transient dock. The signs say you have to move in 10 days, but locals say it's not enforced, it's good in case of a derelict that needs to be evicted.
All of those U shaped areas are available, it's kind of like, "I fits, I sits".
Bill in his usual competent style, found an opening and sidled right in. I thought we were going to take out the cute little sailboat with our bowsprit, but, as Bill backed Denali Rose into place, it sailed right over her aft end. Captains have to learn how to drive competently here, one small alumaweld boat almost drove his bow up on our dock finger trying to fit in.
|Aft end of Denali Rose's clearance|
|Forward end of Denali Rose clearance.|
Here are some examples of "transients".
We've found that as a transient, it was best to get to the marina between 11:00a-2:00pm, that's when the whale tours, the commercial fishermen, and the personal day boats were out enjoying themselves, and it's easier to find openings. After 4:00pm, you take your chances, we watched the late-comer parade every evening circle around, and around trying to find that one little spot, or raft up to someone they knew.
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