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Marinas cleaning up their act

Marinas cleaning up their act

If Puget Sound is battling a death of a thousand cuts, the Clean Marina Washington program is helping stop the bleeding. Many of the region’s largest marinas participate in the voluntary program that aims to keep oil, sewage and trash out of the fragile marine environment. Last week the Port of Bremerton joined the effort […]

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New 'Office of Boating' on the horizon?

New ‘Office of Boating’ on the horizon?

A new bill before the state legislature would breathe life into a proposal backed by some boating groups—to create an office of boating that would combine the scattered oversight of the state’s recreational boating programs and help promote an industry that produces about $100 million annually in tax revenues. Michael Campbell, executive director of the […]

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Bill could gut boaters ed, group warns

Bill could gut boaters ed, group warns

Update: Jim King reports that the Recreational Boating Association and the Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Association have struck a deal on the legislation. Details to follow later.  –Marty An alliance of recreational boating organizations is mobilizing to fight a bill before the Washington State Legislature that it fears could gut boating education programs across the […]

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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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