Tho we are not yet using the slip (we'll leave Shilshole at the end of the month), first impressions are that this seems to be a great marina... let me count some of the ways:
- Anacortes is the gateway to the San Juan Islands
- Cheaper than Shilshole
- Brand new dock
- Power and water at each slip (Shilshole has water bibs at each group of 4 slips, meaning that there are hoses strung all over, including under the docks)
- Free Wifi (Shilshole: nope)
- The pair of slips making up a horseshoe is 8 feet wider than the slips at Shilshole
- The marina staff are friendly, courteous and helpful. (In contrast, Shilshole recently turned off the water at our slip - without any notice at all. When I discovered this and called them, they said the pipes were rotten, and that it would be at least a couple of years before they would get replaced.)
- The marina fosters a sense of community by sponsoring a series of activities set up for marina folks (example: community tour of the Nordic Tug factory in Burlington). In fact, we recently found out that Cap Sante folks had contacted Angela (s/v Ghost, Dockside Solutions) looking for advice on how to make the marina more desirable for liveaboards. Wow.
- There is an Anthony's restaurant literally at the head of the dock - they have an outdoor seating area with a fireplace and blankets for when the weather is cool.
- There is a Safeway grocery store right across the street from the marina.
- In fact, the marina is not isolated like Shilshole - the core of downtown Anacortes is all within walking distance.
- If you plan to be gone for a while, you can rent your slip back to the marina, saving you $$.
And last but not least, Cap Sante's dock carts were purchased in this millenium:
|All-terrain dock carts??|