To rent that special power or sail boat, go to Charters Northwest or try Snug Harbor. San Juan Sailing is the largest bareboat sailing fleet on either US coast, but yet a family operated company based in, and sailing from, Bellingham. Also based in Bellingham is Bellhaven Boats. They provide Yacht Charters for the San Juan Islands and Pacific Northwest Boat Sales.
If you decide against a bareboat charter, how about chartering a sunset trip with Carli Charters on his 2006 C-Dory 25. Another charter company, Trophy Charters, specializes in fishing trips for salmon, halibut, lingcod and bottom fish. Since 1997, serving all the San Juans in a fast comfortable boat (360) 378-2110.
Although we suggest starting and ending your boat trip here, some people want to charter the boat on the mainland and travel to San Juan Island. ABC Yacht Charters in Anacortes, WA has a good reputation and close to the islands.
Marinas: Port of Friday Harbor; Roche Harbor Marina; Snug Harbor Marina; Shipyard Cove Marina (360) 378-5101; other Washington Marinas also Charternet.
Fuel: Snug Harbor Marina; Port of Friday Harbor; Roche Harbor Marina
Need a nautical map to preview the area? Try:
For a list of WA nautical maps online:
and take a look at
And don't forget tide tables: http://www.olypen.com/tidetables/
If you get into trouble and need a tow, try Vessel Assist San Juans (360) 378-4588 or the pager (360) 336-4108.
For other boating needs, or just about anything else, check the San Juan Island Information and Link Directory.
Still undecided? Check Island Photos or see how Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor looks right now via live image cam or even a virtual tour.
The zip code for Friday Harbor, WA is 98250 for checking weather at your favorite weather page. If you don't have a favorite, check out Intellicast, which is also a good education site, or Accuweather, a good site for 10 day forecasts.
Did the bareboat charter plans not work out? One of the best kept secrets in the San Juans is to take a free (after you've paid in Anacortes to get into the islands of course) boat trip as a walk on passenger on the inter-island Washington State Ferry. It's a beautiful ride. This is also a great location for kayaking or a whale watch tour.
This web site focuses on San Juan Island or Friday Harbor. For neighboring islands and towns, check some of the following Chamber links:
San Juan Island
Chamber of Commerce
Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce
Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce
Anacortes Chamber of Commerce
La Conner Chamber of Commerce
Bellingham Chamber of Commerce
Everett Chamber of Commerce
Seattle Chamber of Commerce