The waters surrounding Seattle represent some of the best cruising grounds in the United States. Once you depart from the Ballard Locks, a vast world of harbors, marinas and anchorages open up to you and your vessel.
I learned to sail in Lake Union. As a novice, it took me a few years to get up the confidence to begin crossing Puget Sound and spending the night on anchor. But once I got the hang of it, I became obsessed with these waters. Every day I could get off work, I was out on the Sound, exploring some new bay. Sometimes, I would head into the protected waters of south Puget Sound but usually I was sailing north up to Port Townsend and eventually the San Juan Islands. This area is unique in that there are so many places to spend the evening within a day’s journey from Seattle. Most of these harbors are quiet, scenic and sparsely populated.
To help other boaters plan out their sailing trips around Puget Sound, here is list of harbors and marinas and their distances from Seattle.
Distance: How many miles from Seattle to nearby harbors/marinas
Seattle to Victoria (Vancouver Island)
(via Admiralty Inlet) 65 nm
I also created a webpage that lists all the distances and time required to journey from Seattle: Sailing Puget Sound: distance and time for popular crossings. I used Ballard Locks as a starting point for these trips. If you are moored down in Elliott Bay, I included a conversion factor to help you calculate an approximate estimate for your trip. Happy cruising!
By Kevin Curran