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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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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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