In 1956, 11-year-old Randy Mueller took one look at the Martinique Express and fell in love. He knew immediately he’d found the boat of his dreams. For years, Mueller fantasized about cruising one of the sleek, 42-foot yachts through the San Juan Islands. “When I saw the look of it, it just took my breath […]
In waters around Washington, there are currently close to 200 derelict and abandoned boats that authorities know about, but the real numbers could be considerably higher. And officials expect to see more boats headed for a watery grave as the effects of the recession drag on. First in a four-part series.
Washington is among only a handful of states with programs in place to address the rundown and abandoned vessels littering the nation’s waterways. Since 2003, the state has cleared about 220 decrepit boats from Washington’s oceans and rivers. Second in a four-part series.
Decaying and sunken boats can be silent killers, leaching chemicals and unleashing other lethal dangers on marine life. As little as a quart of spilled oil, diesel or gasoline can contaminate acres of water and kill marine life. Part three in a four-part series.
There are currently close to 20 boats 75 feet and larger decaying in Washington waters and not enough money to deal with them. State authorities are grappling with how to address these large and potentially hazardous ships rotting in our waterways. Final in a four-part series.
He sauntered into the old saloon made from the timbers of a whaling ship, a tall, grey-haired man in a muted green shirt with a palm tree print and enough gold jewelry to beguile a band of pirates. Tucking a $100 bill under a hand towel folded on the bar, he announced that he was buying a […]
In the relatively short time that we’ve been looking for a boat, I’ve quickly discovered two things—first, many people don’t seem to be as OCD about their boat maintenance as we are and secondly, that even during a recession finding the right boat isn’t easy. You might reasonably assume it’s a buyer’s market out there, […]