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Elea Acheson, carrying daughter LiLi, greets dock captain Ned Kohlhauff on the gangway. Acheson recognizes the sacrifices of living on a boat. For instance, late in her pregnancy, she could not use the boat’s small shower. But she loves the community and the lifestyle. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

‘Can people actually live cheaper aboard a boat?’

We recently came across this interesting article in the Seattle Times about live-aboard life in Seattle. With the city’s ever-climbing housing prices, boats are a more viable option than ever. From a boater’s perspective, though, “can people actually live cheaper aboard a boat?” Wannabe boat dwellers are waiting up to three years for a spot in […]

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Northwest Maritime Center nixes Point Hudson proposal

All the effort and deliberation that has gone into the Northwest Maritime Center’s (NWMC) plans for the future of Point Hudson seems to have evaporated, as they withdrew their proposal to become stewards of the property’s buildings and marina on Monday. The NWMC’s initial plan (which we reported on in July) was essentially to negotiate a 50-year […]

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Northwest paddling fest comes to Lake Sammamish May 11 and 12

For expert paddlers or those looking to try sea kayaking or stand-up paddling for the first time, the eighth annual Northwest Paddling Festival is the place to be to get started for a summer on the water.   Held at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, Washington Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, the festival is the largest event of its kind […]

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Puget Sound officially becomes ‘No Discharge Zone’

After years of deliberation, public comments, and back-and-forth opinions on the topic, Puget Sound has officially been designated as a No Discharge Zone. Citing the protection of shellfish, public health and water quality, Washington State Department of Ecology Director, Maia Bellon, signed into law the Puget Sound No Discharge Zone on Monday, April 9. After a […]

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Abandoned bikes aboard ferries? Yes, it’s a problem

Washington State Ferries and the United States Coast Guard have been running into a peculiar issue recently — bicycles left on board ferries. And they say the impact has been significant. The reason? When a passenger leaves their bicycle on a ferry, it’s the responsiblity of USCG and ferry personnel to treat it as a potential distress situation until the bicyclist […]

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