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Links: A wild, unfortunate weekend for Puget Sound boaters

Though the weather was gorgeous for boating over the weekend around Puget Sound and the Salish Sea, there were also a series of unfortunate happenings as well. Here’s a quick roundup of links on several incidences: Saturday night/Sunday morning: Active Shooter in Eagle Harbor — A standoff at Bainbridge Island’s Eagle Harbor ended early Sunday morning […]

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A derelict boat is carried by a helicopter from Cowichan Bay on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The vessel was one of six removed from the estuary by local businesses. Photograph by Denise Gibson.

This is one way to get rid of derelict boats…

Last week several Cowichan Bay, BC businesses came together to remove derelict boats that posed a risk to the environment and public safety. “There has been a lot of talk about the problem of derelict boats, but no one seemed ready to take action,” Brian Thacker, owner of Pacific Industrial & Marine, said in a […]

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Dock Talk: Cautionary tales from Reid Harbor

As most local boaters know, the Washington State Parks system struggles to maintain the large amount of infrastructure that makes up the marine parks and, occasionally, the lack of maintenance creates dangerous situations. Over Memorial Day weekend we were in Reid Harbor and were going out to prawn at high slack when we noticed a white […]

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BoatUS: NOAA National Charting Plan looks to the future

There has been a lot made about NOAA shifting away from paper charts on this site and others. Here’s what BoatUS has to say on the matter… Many in the boating community have recently expressed concern after learning of a proposed plan for the “sunsetting” of paper navigational charts, which was listed among the National […]

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