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Former NOAA research vessel to become $50 million luxury yacht

It may well be Seattle’s most expensive used boat deal ever—a 308-foot former government research vessel that’s being transformed into a luxury yacht for a mysterious Italian buyer. Total cost: more than $50 million. Stabbert Yacht & Ship in Ballard recently completed the sale of the former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel Saraha, which […]

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Wait lists vanish as marinas face empty slips

Wait lists vanish as marinas face empty slips

Cap Sante Boat Haven sits at the gateway to the San Juan Islands. It boasts new docks, nice shoreside facilities and a quick walk to great restaurants and pubs in downtown Anacortes. But the marina, operated by the Port of Anacortes, now offers something that isn’t quite as great, at least from a business point […]

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No boon at boat show as uncertainty takes toll

No boon at boat show as uncertainty takes toll

The large crowds that packed the Seattle Boat Show’s opening more than a week ago—which sparked hopes that this year’s show might just beat low expectations—were nowhere to be seen on closing day. Chalk it up to the Super Bowl, but the aisles of the Qwest Field Events Center were downright lonely as more than […]

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Despite downturn, boatyards scraping for good help

Despite downturn, boatyards scraping for good help

Scott Anderson has seen many changes during his 30 years in the boating industry, but one fact remains frustratingly unchanged—the difficulty of finding skilled trades people to work on boats. If anything, says Anderson, co-owner of Seattle-based CSR Marine, more advanced technology and an ever-evolving industry have made it even harder. “In the last 35 […]

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Foss Pioneers 'Prius of Tugboats'

Foss Pioneers ‘Prius of Tugboats’

Living in a port city like Seattle, it’s good to see the growing emphasis on replacing the dirty work boats, cranes and trucks that have a profound effect on local air quality. It’s even better to see local companies such as Foss Maritime leading the way. There was a fascinating story from the Los Angeles Times (via The Seattle Times) over […]

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