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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Anacortes boatyard calling it quits

Sad news from Anacortes—the Granville Marine boatyard is closing. Owner Jeff Granville said his 6-year-old company is losing its lease after struggling to stay in business through the economic downturn.”Everyone is feeling it,” Granville said, referring to other Anacortes boatyards. “But some have other business operations to support them.” [umap id=”26304″ size=”t” alignment=”left”] Granville said […]

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The Sailboat Search Chronicles: Part 1

The San Francisco boat could be a keeper. It was everything Marty’s salty dreams are made of—a sturdy but pretty tank built for offshore cruising, with efficiently used space, a center cockpit and gorgeous teak throughout. As Marty quizzed the yacht broker about the rigging, engine and electrical system. I pondered the important questions: Could I really […]

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How much are you paying for moorage?

How much are you paying for moorage?

The cost of moorage varies widely across the region, from nearly $14 a foot at the tony Carillon Point marina in Kirkland to the bargain price of just $4.50 at the Port of Poulsbo. For the sake of comparison, let’s look at what you can expect to pay each month for an uncovered 40-foot slip (not including power or […]

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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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Three Sheets in San Francisco

Deborah and I are in San Francisco today to look at a used sailboat.  I’ve been a big fan of the Tayana Vancouver 42 for several years, and the one we are looking at seems to be in good condition.  We’ll try to post some pictures later today to get your feedback. We love our current […]

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Slide show | The final voyage of the Wawona

Slide show | The final voyage of the Wawona

One of my first assignments as a reporter at The Seattle Times was to walk down to the South Lake Union waterfront and write a story about a classic old ship with three towering wooden masts. The headline read, in hopeful tones, “Aging Schooner’s Restoration Begins.” But it didn’t. Or it wasn’t enough to turn back the […]

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