Living in Seattle and being an avid boater (I learned on Puget Sound and on area Lakes). I have grown to be aware of Minus Tides. These come around a few times each year and can cause some delays with Ferry Boats and cause damage to boats moored at marinas and anchored in shallow waters. This week we have minus tides in Puget Sound. You will see a few cancellations of the Port Townsend/Coupeville Ferry, others will see very steep ramps while loading or unloading on a Ferry. If you drive a truck, RV or tow a trailer with extended rear you will bottom out! Most ferry boat crew will alert you to this, which would mean perhaps a two hour delay in travels. If you have a boat on a moorage buoy or at a marina you may want to check with management to see if all is good. Beach combing is killer at this time as many items are exposed that normally are never seen. Parts of an old amusement park in West Seattle, near Duwamish Head, is exposed at these times. The picture is a sailboat I came across recently during a minus tide. His keel is hitting ground and the fear is tip over or maybe sinking with water when high tide returns. The water is normally around 9 feet on low tide, this was around 3-4 feet. email@example.com
Minus Tides This Week! Ferries, Docks, Moorage, check lines!
MarkChristopher -- 11/13/2012