Coos Bay was our last stop on Oregon’s coast. As I write this, we are already floating on California waters. With two states on our wake, we have now California’s long stretch of coast to cover.
The weather has been playing its cards, and celebrated the onset of Autumn on Tuesday by throwing a set of two cold fronts to drench the Pacific Northwest. As NOAA put it on their Weather Outlook: “THE FIRST BIG SURF OF THE SEASON WILL ARRIVE ON AREA BEACHES TODAY”. In fact, I have been checking real time data from weather buoys out there, and the swell is ranging (or should I say “raging”) between a respectable 15ft and a disturbing 20ft in some areas. Needless to say, I already advised the marina’s office that we will be extending our stay 🙂
So, here we are tucked in Pesto’s cabin on a cold and rainy day in Crescent City’s harbor district marina, waiting for a new weather window to continue our march south.
I thought I would use the time to post a photographic update on our days in Coos Bay, and the passage to here.
In Coos Bay, we stopped at the Charleston Marina, conveniently located right after the mouth of the bay’s entrance.
As convenient as it is, the marina seems to have specialized – i don’t know if by chance or by choice – in providing services for the fishing fleet. In fact, the harbor is split in two basins: a large one for the fishing boats, and a smaller one for the cruising craft. The transient dock, which is where visiting boats tie to, is at the entrance of the fishing boats’ basin. It also serves as a public pontoon which people can use to fish for crabs. And this pontoon appears to have a sweet spot where the crab fishing is most productive. That’s where we tied Pesto, out of ignorance and options (it was the only spot available when we arrived).
Don’t get me wrong. Coos Bay is a convenient location for boats going up and down the coast. The Charleston Marina is inside a safe, well protected man-made harbor located right at the entrance of the bay. It has a wealth of servicing facilities for work boats. But it is far away from the city, and there is no options nearby to cater to cruising boats – so, essentially we stayed at the docks, resting from a rough passage and waiting for the upcoming weather window. Had it not been for our time with the Adagio’s crew, it would have been a “meh” stop. But it wasn’t.
The fishing fleet at the marina …
The Adagio crew uploaded an interesting post about the Marina on their blog, including a set of cool pictures – which you can check here.
There were a couple of rainy days, which we used to push forward on indoor activities.
Then it came the time to leave toward Crescent City. A weather window expected for Friday came in early, and we departed one hour after Adagio, at 5p.m. on Thursday for our first full overnight passage.
So, all in all, another important part of our journey.
We are having a great time in Crescent City, and from our next passage the ocean waters should start to get slightly warmer.
We are looking forward to it! Stay tuned.