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  1. Hello all, I am looking for some advice for a trip I am planning for 2016. I have an 04' Chap 290 in Utah that I plan on trailering up to the Northwest to explore the San Juans and possibly up to Desolation Sound. I have been reading a few books in preparation and understand that I could probably spend the majority of the time around the San Juan and Southern Gulf Islands. I plan on two weeks on the water. This would be my first time to this area and am looking for some advice on stops around the area. I don't want to stay every night at a marina but a few would be fun. My kids are still young, they will be 6 and 4 next year and I am interested in hitting some of the marinas that have heated pools. I have really enjoyed reading Waggoner Cruising Guide and Best Anchorages of the Inside Passage. Is Anacortes a good place to start? Is June/July the best time of the year from everyone's experience? Gear: I plan on adding a tender/davit, as well as a good GPS (been looking at the Garmin 7610). Is a radar necessary in June/July? Any tenders or davits recommended for the 290? I will also add iNavx or Navionics to my iPad. Can't decide which yet. Looks like Navionics has a new app that I can't see to read too many reviews on. iNavx appears to have more capability. Salt Water: My boat has never been in the salt. Is there anything I should do ahead of time to prep the boat for the salt water? The boat should only be in the water 2-4 weeks. Will this do much damage to the longevity of the engines/outdrives? Training: Is there a recommended course to better understand the area/tides that people use? Anything online? Thanks for the advice. I have been to the San Juan Islands before by air and can't wait to explore the area by boat.
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