Skip to content

This cache has been archived.

NeWa: After a visit to the cache today I regretfully decided to archive it. This is the kind of cache I would like to find. But it just takes too much maintenance for a cache that hardly gets any visitors.
The container turned into a cool reef anyway. I am not going to disturb the wildlife (mussels and barnacles) by scraping them off the camo anymore. The boat is interesting to visit, going back to nature and leaning more and more. So I still encourage you to visit the site. [8D]

More
<

65 Feet of Dereliction

A cache by newa Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 10/03/2010
Difficulty:
3.5 out of 5
Terrain:
5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

Join now to view geocache location details. It's free!

Watch

How Geocaching Works

Please note Use of geocaching.com services is subject to the terms and conditions in our disclaimer.

Geocache Description:


This geocache is in Similk bay. You need a boat to get there. You can't get there from the beach and the beaches are private. Any size boat will do, large or small, motor boat, kayak or canoe.

Similk bay is located at the North end of Skagit bay.
Similk means salmon in the Swinomish language.

Climbing out of your boat to find the cache is not necessary. And you don't have to get really close to the main body of the ship.
Bringing some gloves would be a good idea, barnacles and mussels attach to everything out there.

There were some requests for information for boat launching opportunities for kayaks and canoes.
Cornet bay in Deception State Park East of Deception Pass, Ala Spit County park on the East shore of Whidbey island, and Snee Oosh beach West of La Connner are all good places to launch.

For the location of Snee Oosh beach see geocache GC2PDFD (visit link)
You can visit other caches on your way to 65 feet of Dereliction on Skagit island and Deadman island.

You could even consider to launch at the North end of Similk bay in front of the golf course at a higher tides. See geocache GC28NA1 (visit link)
Keep in mind that this beach really is private. People walk their dogs here and occasionally will carry a small boat across the driftwood but it is at your own risk.

Remember Similk bay has usually rather mild currents but outside Similk bay the currents can be swift. So plan your trip accordingly.

A dereliction is defined as an abandonment or neglect.
In this case it is a derelict vessel which makes for a great placement for a geocache.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) lists this 65 feet long Windjammer as priority 2a for removal in their derelict vessel removal program.

A priority 2a means for DNR:

Any vessel, floating or sunken, which presents an existing threat to human safety. Severity of potential threats to human safety shall be evaluated based on:
a) Potential as an attractive nuisance.
b) Potential for harmful human interactions or encounters with the vessel.

For extra credit: You be the judge when you visit her... :)

For more information on Washington state's derelict vessel removal program see this brochure:
(visit link)

Here you can find out where $6.00 of the yearly vessel registration goes.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Vg sybngf. Funxr vs vg qbrf abg sybng.
Ab arrq gb yrnir gur obng.
Jrne tybirf jura erzbivat gur pnpur.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



Reviewer notes

Use this space to describe your geocache location, container, and how it's hidden to your reviewer. If you've made changes, tell the reviewer what changes you made. The more they know, the easier it is for them to publish your geocache. This note will not be visible to the public when your geocache is published.