Cap Sante is a horse of a different color... many of the boats here are NOT from Anacortes, or even Seattle. I took a tour of our dock this morning, and this is what I found:
|Port of Call||Count|
|Other Western Washington||6|
Now, these are ports of call, which don't always reflect the owners' residences. But it is the data I have.
Kind of surprising... Seattle and Western Washington outnumber local (Anacortes) boats 21 to 13, considering that these folks must drive 70-130 miles from their homes to get to their boats. But perhaps even more surprising is that the third largest category is California! And we know for a fact that at least two of the California boat owners drive here - what a commute! But any way you choose to count it, Cap Sante is a lot more geographically diverse than Shilshole was.
There is a consequence that falls from the long commute distances... This time of the year the marina is virtually deserted. Even the ubiquitous detailers have put their buffers away for the season.
I miss the camaraderie that we had at Shilshole, with their large live-aboard population, but there are benefits to our situation at Cap Sante: Parking in the parking lot is easy, and there is always a dock cart waiting for us. And as I am sure that I have mentioned before, Anacortes is a wonderful town. All within walking distance of the marina:
- Grocery stores (2! One is directly across the street from the marina)
- Hardware stores (2! One is directly across the street from the marina)
- West Marine store (two blocks from the marina)
- NAPA store
- Movie theater
- Live theater
- Bars and restaurants galore (Anthony's is right at the head of the dock!)
- Post Office
- Drivers license office
So, tho we say goodbye to the "summer folk", in the fall, we continue to enjoy the marina and Anacortes all winter long!