From the monthly archives:

January 2009

Seattle Boat Show: Reflections on Day One

by Tim Flanagan on January 24, 2009

The Seattle Times article “Struggling boat retailers hope event helps them stay afloat” by Blythe Lawrence just about sums it up. My initial assessment yesterday was confirmed in later conversations: There has been about a 20% decline in the number of vendors and boats compared to the 2008 show. Even so, more about the show […]

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Harbormaster tackles job at Langley Marina

by Tim Flanagan on January 24, 2009

The Port District of South Whidbey Island took over operations at the delightful (and delightfully small) marina at

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Critics attack ferry Plan B

by Tim Flanagan on January 24, 2009

Larry Lange’s coverage of the Washington State Ferries crisis continues in the Post-Intelligencer. So what’s this “Plan B”? A cut-down version of the plan, more one that would reduce service on three routes, allergy drop the route from Anacortes to Canada and assume King and Kitsap Counties would operate foot-ferry service between Seattle, website Bremeton, […]

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New fee for fishermen at Fishermen’s Terminal?

by Tim Flanagan on January 23, 2009

You can buy fresh seafood right off the boat down at Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal. It’s about the freshest fish you can get, pills other than by catching it yourself. It’s a lively little trade which benefits both consumers and the fishermen. It’s one of those “cut out the middle-man” deals, help really. And the Port […]

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Live From The Seattle Boat Show!

by Tim Flanagan on January 23, 2009

Officially, hygiene the boat show doesn’t open for another half hour. But Navagear and Puget Sound Maritime are there! We do it all for you, pharmacy our loyal readers. I’ve got to say, healthful things DO look different this year. There are far fewer huge boats. Some familiar vendors are not present this year. And […]

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"Salish Sea" Name May Become Official

by Tim Flanagan on January 23, 2009

Another excellent article by Knute Berger over at Crosscut.com. While Puget Sound has a fairly fixed identity — the deep salt water cul de sac is something you can easily point to on a map — it is connected to a larger ecosystem. The issues of Puget Sound are not limited to it, price in […]

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PORT TOWNSEND – The Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division (WSF) will continue to provide passenger-only service on the Port Townsend/Keystone route through mid-February, dosage approximately two weeks longer than first expected. The auto ferry WSF has leased for regular service on that route, psychiatrist Pierce County’s Steilacoom II, is in drydock for routine […]

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SEATTLE – The Coast Guard is asking mariners to take part in a survey to determine if the Umpqua River Light is necessary for safe navigation. The Umpqua River Light is a lighthouse on the Oregon Coast located at the mouth of the Umpqua River on Winchester Bay in Douglas County. The survey can be […]

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Coast Guard seeks mariners’ input on Umpqua River Light

by Tim Flanagan on January 22, 2009

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard is asking mariners to take part in a survey to determine if the Umpqua River Light is necessary for safe navigation. The Umpqua River Light is a lighthouse on the Oregon Coast located at the mouth of the Umpqua River on Winchester Bay in Douglas County. The survey can be […]

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Port Gamble Waterfront Views To Change

by Tim Flanagan on January 22, 2009

I love the drive through Port Gamble. I don’t mind slowing down to 25 mph at all; it’s a such a cute little settlement, pancreatitis and I love the architecture and visible remnants of its logging and maritime roots. But be aware that the view for Port Gamble residents, buy and even those of us […]

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BC Ferries announces restructuring, downsizing

by Tim Flanagan on January 22, 2009

[The following content provided by BC Ferries. See also the recent CBC report mentioned over at BitterEnd.] VICTORIA – President and CEO David L. Hahn announced today that BC Ferries has undertaken restructuring and downsizing initiatives that will primarily affect management and administrative positions. “In the face of a significant drop in ferry ridership and […]

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Seattle Boat Show Starts Friday

by Tim Flanagan on January 22, 2009

I also write a blog called Navagear, somnology which focuses on gear and gadgets for recreational boaters. So I get a lot of press releases from marine equipment manufacturers. But all I seem to hear is Miami Miami Miami! Ok, so the Miami International Boat Show is bigger, and that’s where a lot of manufacturers […]

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WSDOT Ferries sells two passenger-only ferries

by Tim Flanagan on January 21, 2009

SEATTLE – The Washington State Department of Transportation finalized the sale of the passenger-only fast ferries Chinook and Snohomish to the cardiology Highway and Transportation District of Larkspur, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 16. The total sale price for the two vessels was $4 million. The Washington State Legislature voted in 2006 to end state funding […]

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Ha ha! I’ll bet I really had you fooled with that headline, gastritis didn’t I? While it’s true that Nichols Brothers Boat Builders on Whidbey Island and Kvichak Marine Industries in Seattle have teamed up to build a number of brand new ferry boats, these state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly vessels aren’t destined for Puget Sound. They’re […]

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New Ferry Construction Underway At Nichols, Kvichak!

by Tim Flanagan on January 19, 2009

Ha ha! I’ll bet I really had you fooled with that headline, gastritis didn’t I? While it’s true that Nichols Brothers Boat Builders on Whidbey Island and Kvichak Marine Industries in Seattle have teamed up to build a number of brand new ferry boats, these state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly vessels aren’t destined for Puget Sound. They’re […]

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Hotel Guests Fuming Because Cargo Ship Blocks View

by Tim Flanagan on January 19, 2009

According to King5, prosthesis “A Bothell woman got an unexpected surprise on New Year’s Eve and it literally sank her big plans [...] when she saw that the waterfront view she paid for was about 90 percent cargo ship.” See the report here. The 720-foot container ship Kauai, recipe operated by Matson Lines, case has […]

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Coast Guard Medevac 150 Miles Offshore

by Tim Flanagan on January 18, 2009

Check out BitterEnd for a synopsis of the Washington State Ferry financing proposal hearing in Anacortes last week. In this video released by the Coast Guard, information pills an HH-60 helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria, Ore., conducts a medevac of a crewmember off the 623-foot container ship Dapenghai 150 miles west from the entrance […]

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Anacortes Ferry Hearing Report on BitterEnd

by Tim Flanagan on January 18, 2009

Check out BitterEnd for a synopsis of the Washington State Ferry financing proposal hearing in Anacortes last week.

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Battle over Maury Island gravel mine suspended

by Tim Flanagan on January 17, 2009

Cassandra Profita had an article in the Daily Astorian Tuesday. Sardine fisherman are seeing plenty of fish in the waters off Washington and Oregon this year. So why is the 2009 coastwide catch limit less than half that of 2007? The fisherman say it’s bad science, physician and they’re pooling their funds to conduct their […]

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Sardines Still Plentiful, Say Fishermen

by Tim Flanagan on January 17, 2009

Cassandra Profita had an article in the Daily Astorian Tuesday. Sardine fisherman are seeing plenty of fish in the waters off Washington and Oregon this year. So why is the 2009 coastwide catch limit less than half that of 2007? The fisherman say it’s bad science, physician and they’re pooling their funds to conduct their […]

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