Peavine Pass can be a visual experience for sure but it does serve another purpose for our WSF vessels. When weather is foul in the San Juans Islands which we all know can happen a lot, Peavine Pass is used instead of the normal Thatcher Pass because it is on the lee side of Blakley Island and many times offers a bit smoother seas. So when on a beautiful day and your transiting through Peavine Pass, usually a new mate is aboard who is not familiar with this route and training is going on in the Wheel House.
It's also typically used in conjunction with Bellingham Channel on the east side of Cypress Island... Bellingham Channel to Peavine via the north side of Cypress cuts the rough portion of the transit from 15 minutes to about 5 or 6 during typical southeast winds during storm season. Generally a more comfortable ride all around. And yes, we do make familiarization trips through there from time to time. Touristy stuff is just a bonus.