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Big crowd, big hopes

We went down to the Seattle Boat Show tonight to check out the invite-only kick-off and were struck by the strong turnout. So were organizers. They’d hoped to attract around 1,500 people but as of Thursday morning, more than 3,000 had RSVP’d. The atmosphere at Qwest Field Event Center felt more like a busy Saturday than a weeknight. Whether the […]

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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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Q&A: Meteorologist and author Cliff Mass

Q&A: Meteorologist and author Cliff Mass

If you follow weather in the Pacific Northwest, chances are you’ve heard of Cliff Mass. A professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington, Mass is one of the best-known and well-respected meteorologists in the region. A recent talk at the UW drew a full crowd, and Mass’ blog is followed closely by weather […]

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You will never catch me in a parrot hat. Never.

You will never catch me in a parrot hat. Never.

There was a story in the newspaper the other day about Jimmy Buffett’s astounding success. Skimming over it, I almost choked on my coffee as one sentence in particular caught my eye. It mentioned Jimmy Buffett’s average annual income—more than $40 million. How the hell is that possible, I thought? For most of his career […]

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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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Marty and Kristen braving the waves

Rough seas, good friends

Of all the weekends to go for a winter sail, one with a forecast calling for gale force winds, rough seas and snow might not be our top choice. But we’d agreed to take our friends Kristen and Brian over to Bainbridge Island overnight on a particular weekend in December. In her typical exuberant fashion, […]

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Meydenbauer Bay's Hidden Past -- Whalers' Home Port

Meydenbauer Bay’s Hidden Past — Whalers’ Home Port

MEYDENBAUER BAY–In the decades between the world wars, seven steam-powered boats, their high bows weighted with harpoon cannon, rode out winters tied two and three deep to a lonely wooden pier that reached into Meydenbauer Bay. No one could have known it at the time, but Bellevue’s quiet, crook-fingered bay on Lake Washington was where […]

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