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No Grief on a Reef (in your Selene Trawler): Blind Island

0822boat_aground3Blind Bay is along the north shore of Shaw Island, immediately west of the Shaw Island ferry landing and the popular Shaw Island General Store. Good anchorage is available here, with Blind Island protecting much of the bay from northerlies and Shaw Island blocking winds from the south.

The best approach to Blind Bay is on the eastern end of Blind Island. The western side of Blind Island features a hazardous collection of rocks, many decorated with bottom paint. Some San Juan Island cruising guides have elaborately described a convoluted course through the western rock patch, but this is another case where the “go” vs. “no go” consideration should be a major determining factor. Why risk the west side rocks when there is a much easier passage on the east side of Blind Island?

06 Careful consideration required in Blind Bay (image not to be used for navigation)

*Careful consideration required in Blind Bay (image not to be used for navigation)

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