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Top 10 boat names of 2017 unveiled by BoatUS

As they do every year, BoatU.S. has recently announced their top 10 boat names from the past 365 days. The names come from tallying up requests for boat names to the BoatUS Graphics service, and each reveal much about the personality of the vessel’s owner. The BoatUS 2017 Top 10 Boat Names: Serenity: The utter calm […]

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Garmin acquires boating database and community, ActiveCaptain

Garmin Ltd ( announced that is has acquired Active Corporation, the developer of ActiveCaptain (, a recreational boating database and community which was co-founded by Jefferey and Karen Siegel. The Siegels are full-time cruisers whose crowd-sourced content comes from their 1.5 million cruising subscribers around the world. At the time of the acquisition, ActiveCaptain reported […]

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Pumpout Washington prevents recored sewage from affecting state waters, program set to expand

In 2016, the Washington Clean Vessel Act, a joint project of Washington State Parks, U.S. Fish & Wildlife and Washington Sea Grant, helped divert a record 10 million gallons of raw sewage from Puget Sound, Lake Washington and other state waterways. Instead of being dumped into vulnerable waters, the sewage was collected for safe onshore treatment. […]

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Dragon boat weekend in Olympia

I pass them on the river frequently — long, narrow craft. their paddles rising and digging in — but I’ve seldom given much thought to dragon boats, even though my 17-year-old son has been paddling them for two seasons. That changed recently when his team asked for volunteers to transport the kids to a race […]

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