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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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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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