Rock 'n roll or martinis, all in one place

Rock ‘n roll or martinis, all in one place

If you can’t decide whether you’re in the mood for loud music and a beer or quiet conversation over a martini, this is the place for you. The Manette Saloon and adjoining Side Bar—in east Bremerton, not far from the Bremerton Marina—are two bars in one, a split personality establishment offering two radically different and […]

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Manette: Bremerton’s cool, quirky side

Mention Bremerton and most boaters will probably conjure up an image of the gritty Navy yard or the new waterfront condos near the town’s promising but forlorn downtown. Few would likely think of the funky little neighborhood just a short walk—or dinghy ride—across Port Washington Narrows, at the entrance to Dyes Inlet. But the trip […]

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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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How the tide turned on Doc Freeman’s

Lee Knudsen might have shaken his head and laughed at the sign announcing a liquidation sale at Doc Freeman’s in 2003. Over a half-century, Knudsen, his dad and Doc himself had built the store’s reputation for having any part for anything that floated. Read on for the sad tale of this historic store’s decline[…]

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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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Girls, get your nauti on (clothes, that is)

Every year about this time, I start getting a little piqued with winter and pine for those sunny weekends sailing around Puget Sound. So imagine my delight when I received an email this week inviting me to “Sail Away with this season’s Hottest Trend”—nautical chic (I think it meant the season that starts several months […]

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Living aboard has its moments

When a boat is home

I was a liveaboard. And I might be again. I spent four wonderful years living on my boat, Camelot, on Lake Union. I miss it and I don’t. I loved living aboard, but it’s a lifestyle that demands sacrifices of space, comfort and convenience. It’s been five years since I moved off the boat, but […]

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Welcome to Three Sheets Northwest

This website is the result of two former journalists spending many days on Puget Sound and wondering how to combine what we love best—sailing, traveling and writing. The region offers not only some of the best boating in the country, but also a rich maritime culture with endless stories to tell. We started Three Sheets […]

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