From the monthly archives:

April 2010

Victoria Harbour Floating Boat Show underway

by Tim Flanagan on April 30, 2010

The Pacific Yachting blog brings us this notice, with pictures: The Victoria Harbour Floating Boat Show is underway. Things got off to a good start with great weather and enthusiastic crowds, all anticipating the 2010 boating season. Come down to the waterfront and see us, we’ll be there all weekend long. At Victoria’s Inner Harbour […]

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DNR’s Ear to the Ground blog has this story: [Mooring buoy for recreational boaters to use instead of anchoring. Photo courtesy of Washington Scuba Alliance.] We’re glad to see KING 5 News report last night on new efforts to address the damage that boat anchors can cause to nearshore areas, such as seabeds, in Puget […]

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Judith Lavoie has this story in the Victoria Times Colonist: [The Rich Passage 1. Photograph by Golder Associates, Times Colonist] Gulf Islands politicians are demanding that the federal government reject plans to hold high-speed wake tests of a new U.S ferry in Canadian waters. Gary Steeves, Islands Trust trustee for North Pender, said he heard […]

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Passenger Ferry Future Focus of Cascadia Event

by Tim Flanagan on April 30, 2010

Mike Wussow has this story at Cascadia Prospectus: Photo Source: The Kitsap Sun Seattle’s Center for Wooden Boats was the setting Thursday evening for a gathering of passenger-only ferry advocates, including those from Kingston and King County, Wash., and the U.S. federal government. The well-attended event (followed by an Ivar’s Seafood-sponsored reception) was organized within […]

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Small diesel spills in Everett, Federal Way

by Tim Flanagan on April 30, 2010

The Associated Press brings us this story: Dash Point State Park diesel spill reaches Sound FEDERAL WAY, Wash. A diesel spill into a creek at Dash Point State Park in Federal Way has reached Puget Sound. TV helicopter video at dawn Friday shows a sheen on the water. The Coast Guard and state Ecology Department […]

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Jeff Chew has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: PORT TOWNSEND — The Port of Port Townsend hopes to acquire the Chilkat Express, one of the fastest passenger vessels in U.S. waters, "if all the stars line up," Deputy Director Jim Pivarnik said Wednesday. "It’s our vision to bring a boat into Point Hudson," […]

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Seattle’s Opening Day boat parade and event details

by Tim Flanagan on April 28, 2010

The Seattle Times has a handy schedule, as well as this article by Brian J. Cantwell: [STEVE RINGMAN / THE SEATTLE TIMES] Q: Who enforces the boating season around here? Is there a platoon of Boating Season Cops? A: Nope. The only enforcer is Mother Nature — and your own willingness to go sailing in […]

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Coast Guard rescues boaters near Port Angeles

by Tim Flanagan on April 28, 2010

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard rescued two boaters from a capsized boat near Port Angeles, Wash., Wednesday. The Coast Guard received a call from a person on shore reporting two people in distress on Freshwater Bay, approximately five miles northwest of Port Angeles. An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and a 25-foot Response Boat – Small […]

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Changes at Sointula, on Malcolm Island

by Tim Flanagan on April 28, 2010

This item appears over at Bob Hale’s Waggoner Cruising Guide website: April 26, 2010. Correspondents Guy and Kathryn Campbell from West Vancouver bought and are refurbishing a small house in Sointula on Malcolm Island, a short ferry ride from Port McNeill. Sointula is a favorite stop for us each year. Here are some changes to […]

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Cruise season begins amid uncertainty

by Tim Flanagan on April 28, 2010

John Gillie has the story in the Tacoma News Tribune: Cruise season began this week in Seattle with the first of what the Port of Seattle says will be a record 223 cruise ship calls at the port’s two cruise terminals. Holland America Line’s Amsterdam arrived Monday at the port’s Smith Cove Cruise Terminal just […]

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James Robinson has this story in the Port Townsend Leader: Two of Port Townsend’s historic landmarks are among 25 Puget Sound–area historic sights seeking their share of $1 million in historic preservation grant dollars available through American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, while one – the schooner Adventuress – has sailed ahead […]

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Craig Welch has the story in the Seattle Times: Three more Puget Sound marine creatures are now listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act. This morning, the National Marine Fisheries Service dubbed canary and yelloweye rockfish as threatened. A third species, bocaccio, was formally listed as endangered, meaning it was at high risk of […]

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These pictures at BitterEnd are a bit disturbing, if you like old boats at all. Click through to see more, if you dare!

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SEATTLE — As the Pacific Northwest prepares to kick off the 2010 boating season, the Coast Guard would like to remind boaters to have a ‘SWEET’ time on the water. S – Safety * Don’t drink and boat * Wear a life jacket * Ensure your equipment is labeled with the proper contact information. Click […]

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DNR’s Ear to the Ground blog has this announcement: DNR is launching the DNR Forum: a sharing of perspectives online. This virtual town hall will be a tool to engage the public in discussions about a variety of natural resource issues in Washington. A week before a new forum begins, DNR will issue a press […]

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Victoria’s cruise ship season kicks off, too

by Tim Flanagan on April 27, 2010

Carla Wilson has this story in the Victoria Times Colonist: [Holland America Line’s Zaandam pulls away from Ogden Point after a visit in May 2008. Photograph by Debra Brash, Times Colonist.] An American couple from Memphis celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary were the first passengers to disembark the Zaandam, which arrived yesterday morning to kick […]

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Seattle’s cruise season kicks off

by Tim Flanagan on April 27, 2010

The Associated Press and Seattle Times travel staff bring us this story: Monday’s arrival of the MS Amsterdam in Seattle kicks off the city’s Alaska cruise season. The Holland America ship made a stop for the day as part of a round-the-world cruise. A total of 223 ship visits are scheduled this year in Seattle […]

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SEATTLE — The Coast Guard reminds mariners and recreational boaters to avoid approaching large passenger vessels (LPV), such as cruise ships and Washington State Ferries, whether these vessels are underway, moored or at anchor. An LPV is defined as any cruise ship, auto ferry or passenger ferry over 100-feet in length, carrying paying passengers. This […]

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KUOW’s Bryan Buckalew has this story: Killer whales are found all over the world. In Puget Sound, there are transients and residents. A new study confirms there’s clear genetic variation between local whales and those in distant waters. Phillip Morin studies marine genetics, and he had something bothering him. Morin: "We had this really nagging […]

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Bowen Island’s Snug Cove is ready for visitors

by Tim Flanagan on April 26, 2010

Katrina Mead has this story in the Pacific Yachting blog: The Union Steamship Company (USSC) has recently revamped their clubhouse. Located at Snug Cove, Bowen Island, this marina’s floating clubhouse is generating a lot of interest with their attention to class and comfort. The new facility offers first-class services in an attractive historic setting, but […]

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