A locker full of shame

I spent much of last weekend getting our sailboat, Camelot, ready for sale by packing up and removing personal gear. Deborah and I are anything but packrats, especially on the boat. So I was a little amazed at just how much stuff we actually had on board. As I pushed cartload after cartload of dishes, […]

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Presses stop rolling for local Pacific Yachting PNW

Presses stop rolling for local Pacific Yachting PNW

Seattle’s Pacific Yachting PNW—the American arm of a popular Canadian boating magazine—is publishing its final local issue this month, another sign of the economic troubles gripping the region’s maritime community. Canada’s Pacific Yachting has been a staple of the B.C. boating community for four decades. Two years ago, the magazine’s publisher launched Pacific Yachting PNW […]

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Sailing, sunburns and a keel-eating rock: Blakely benefit race brings out the boats

Sailing, sunburns and a keel-eating rock: Blakely benefit race brings out the boats

The winds were light for the Sloop Tavern Yacht Club’s annual benefit regatta on Saturday, but racers weren’t complaining. Mild temperatures and sun during the 29th Annual Blakely Rock Benefit Regatta were a welcome change after months of wet, chilly racing. Sailors gathered after the 13.5-mile race at the Sloop Tavern, some in shorts, some […]

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The 300-foot Sahara was arrested as part of a wrongful death lawsuit.

Former NOAA research vessel to become $50 million luxury yacht

It may well be Seattle’s most expensive used boat deal ever—a 308-foot former government research vessel that’s being transformed into a luxury yacht for a mysterious Italian buyer. Total cost: more than $50 million. Stabbert Yacht & Ship in Ballard recently completed the sale of the former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel Saraha, which […]

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Q&A: Offshore sailors John Neal and Amanda Swan Neal talk about good students, harrowing waters and why they don't cruise in the Northwest

Q&A: Offshore sailors John Neal and Amanda Swan Neal talk about good students, harrowing waters and why they don’t cruise in the Northwest

John Neal and Amanda Swan Neal have sailed to the far ends of the earth, from Norway to Antarctica and countless points between. In 1974, at the age of 22, John sailed from Seattle to the South Pacific on a 27-foot sloop. Amanda grew up in New Zealand and sailed to Seattle on a boat she helped […]

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Scuttlebutt Brewing Company: dependable pub fare and microbrews served right

Scuttlebutt Brewing Company: dependable pub fare and microbrews served right

If you’re staying at the Port of Everett Marina and looking to escape the ubiquitous Anthony’s empire, there’s another dining option worth checking out. The Scuttlebutt Brewing Company, located in an old seafood processing plant a short walk from the marina, offers microbrews made on site and reasonably priced pub fare in a kid-friendly environment. […]

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Off to sailing school

Off to sailing school

I’ll admit it: I’ve been a fairly lazy sailor up to now. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not exactly the outdoorsy type and generally not all that excited about physical labor. I’m not the sort of girl who’d go live in a kibbutz or, say, become a welder. Sailing seemed to me at first an inordinate […]

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