In the past two years, Bruce Hawthorne has cut his boat dealership staff by half, watched sales plummet and seen his interest payments skyrocket. “It’s ugly,” said Hawthorne, the owner of Camano Marine, a dealership that sells recreational fishing boats, trailers and parts. “I’ve been in the industry over 30 years and this is the […]
New boat sales in Washington plummeted by more than 56 percent during the first three months of 2009 over the same period last year—indicating that the sinking boat market hasn’t turned around. Used boat sales fared only somewhat better, dropping 27.5 percent during the first quarter. But together, as the region’s boating season officially kicks […]
In an effort to help the region’s struggling boat dealers, the Northwest Marine Trade Association is holding a spring sale aimed at the state’s largest boating market: small boat owners. To be held Friday through Sunday at Totem Lake Mall in Kirkland, the Spring Boat Show Sale will include about 200 new and used boats […]
This summer, Washington could become one of the first states in the nation to begin strictly regulating the amount of copper pollution that boatyards can flush down the drain and into Puget Sound and other waters. Environmentalists hail it as an important victory in the effort to protect salmon and other marine life. But some […]
Seaview East is one of the boatyards that has already taken steps to meet proposed new environmental regulations that aim to reduce the amount of copper and other pollutants from getting into Puget Sound and other waters.
Copper can be effective in keeping algae, barnacles and other pests that plague the bottom of boats at bay. The trouble is that it doesn’t always stay put, leaching into the water where at even miniscule amounts, the seemingly innocuous metal can harm salmon. And the boatyards where vessels are scraped, blasted clean and painted are […]
Kevin Ceder’s 44-year-old wooden Trojan powerboat is high and dry at the Canal Boatyard in Seattle. Irish fiddle music spills out of the cab of his nearby pickup truck as he slathers a layer of white glue on a carefully prepared plank. Ceder is no shipwright—he’s a forestry researcher who spends most of his day […]