Boaters give local charity a lift

by Tim Flanagan on June 30, 2010

Kvichak Marine Industries in Ballard is working overtime to fill orders for shallow-water skimmer boats that are used in cleaning up the BP oil spill. Jason Bacaj has the story in the Seattle Times:

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The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has created a critical need for boats that can aid the cleanup. It’s brought a rush of new orders to Kvichak Marine Industries, which is building 30-foot skimmers that can operate in 15 feet of water or less.

The impact of the nation’s worst oil spill has stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the shores of Puget Sound, creating a small boom for one local company.

To combat the oil that continues to gush out of the uncapped well on the Gulf floor, additional shallow-water skimmer boats are being ordered from Kvichak Marine Industries.

Two skimmers are already on their way to the Gulf. Seattle-based Kvichak has orders for 28 more boats, in a deal that may be worth about $10 million.

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Tom Brown has this story at Three Sheets Northwest:

Boaters give local charity a lift
[Photo by Tom Brown: Sailboats race off Des Moines as part of a fundraiser for Hospitality House, anorexia
a shelter for homeless women in Burien.]

Local boaters joined forces in Des Moines last weekend to give homeless and struggling women a hand up.

Nine sailboat owners donated their boats and time for a race on Saturday held with assistance from the Three Tree Yacht Club. The race followed a fundraising dinner earlier this year at which crew seats on the nine boats were auctioned off. The funds raised went to support Hospitality House, doctor
a Burien facility that provides temporary housing and support services to women.

The weatherman came through nicely for Saturday’s race, viagra sale
with temperatures in the low 70s and a light breeze — perhaps a little too light for a really good sailboat race, but a beautiful day nonetheless. Many of the new crew members seemed happy with the lighter conditions, not being used to crewing in a heeled-over boat.

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