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    In reply to: Visual distress dignals-NON pyrotechnic

    June 4, 2018 at 5:16 pm #1665
    racemarshal
    Participant

    For the race, you need to have what is legally required by law. Technically a flashlight will get you there. But remember batteries die, and in the slim chance you actually need a distress signal during the race, maybe a weak flashlight isn’t your best option. You can get a pack of small handheld flares from West Marine, and if you’re planning to paddle after dark, you should.

    https://boat.wa.gov/EquipRequirements.asp
    https://www.boat-ed.com/washington/handbook/page/61/Washington-Required-Equipment-Checklist/
    https://www.boat-ed.com/washington/handbook/epub/OPS/e38_visual_distress.html

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    In reply to: FAQ – Where can I store my stuff?

    June 1, 2018 at 11:52 pm #1663
    racemarshal
    Participant

    I recommend contacting Dock Street Marina and inquiring about where to leave your board Sunday night. What they should tell you is you can leave it in one of the G Dock slips, according to some new info this week. If they don’t tell you that, I’d appreciate knowing what they do tell you.

    Dock Street Marina is at 253-250-1906. Showing up unannounced is not recommended.

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    In reply to: Launching in Tacoma

    May 11, 2018 at 12:33 am #1548
    racemarshal
    Participant

    There IS another ramp where E 11th Street crosses the Puyallup. It is about 3 miles from the start (versus the 6 miles from Owen Beach). It is very low frills, free, and possibly a Tribal access point. I’m not sure I’d want to park my car there and turn my back on it, but I’d definitely consider launching a boat from there.

    google map coordinates: 47.260504, -122.417799

    Pictures I took this afternoon:
    http://andrewmalinak.com/SEVENTY48/ramp1.JPG
    http://andrewmalinak.com/SEVENTY48/ramp2.JPG

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    In reply to: Launching in Tacoma

    April 24, 2018 at 5:01 am #1360
    racemarshal
    Participant

    For those who want a little more about the launch points but don’t want to travel to the Foss to see them firsthand, I’ve taken a few photos for you.

    The first two are under the 21st Street Bridge (the big triangle one) at the hand launch. The ramp down to the launch is roughly 5.5ft wide with nothing overhead. There’s a nice big parking lot at the top under the bridge.
    http://andrewmalinak.com/andrewmalinak/SEVENTY48/launch1.JPG
    http://andrewmalinak.com/andrewmalinak/SEVENTY48/launch2.JPG

    If you were thinking of just hand carrying down to the “beach” and launching, good luck finding a beach. Access is pretty difficult along most of the Foss.
    http://andrewmalinak.com/andrewmalinak/SEVENTY48/launch3.JPG

    There are a few good public access docks on the Ruston side of the Foss. Here’s an accessible dock just north of the Foss Seaport Museum (narrower than the 21st St Bridge launch).
    http://andrewmalinak.com/andrewmalinak/SEVENTY48/launch4.JPG

    If you can’t wheel or carry, you’ve got two lifts in the Foss, and there are rumors of a ramp on the Puyallup River where Stewart Street goes under the E 11th St bridge. Or there’s the ramp way out at Point Defiance.