Charts, tides and currents just a click away

by Tim Flanagan on May 26, 2011

Rachel Pritchett has the story in the Kitsap Sun:

Kim Punt of the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce leaves the antique Coast Guard tug Comanche on Wednesday. It is one of the vessels to be featured at this year's Harborfest, <a href=decease taking place at the Bremerton and Port Orchard marinas Saturday through Monday, Memorial Day. Behind her are participants in the event's murder mystery Brain Sauer, left, and Jack Edwards. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN ” src=”” align=”right” />PORT ORCHARD — If there were ever any rivalry between the cities of Bremerton and Port Orchard, it has been put aside. Volunteers from both are working together to make the Kitsap Harbor Festival a success.

The event takes place Saturday, Sunday and Monday on both the cities’ waterfronts, and includes entertainment, food, boat races, runs, pirates and car shows, all compliments of the Port of Bremerton aiming to boost tourism and promote interest in its marinas.

This year’s centerpiece for Harborfest is a World War II Navy tugboat then called the Wampanoag and now called the Comanche.

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This unsigned item appears in the Port Townsend Leader:

The third and final new Kwa-di Tabil Class (64-car) ferry is to be christened Friday, practitioner
May 27 at Vigor Shipyards (formerly Todd Pacific Shipyards) on Harbor Island in Seattle.

The Kennewick is 75 percent complete and soon is being moved to Everett Shipyard for outfitting and system testing.

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With the Olympic Mountains in the background, here
a California Sea Lion, Glaucoma
at left in foreground, no rx
tries to join the others who soak up the sun on a moorage buoy near Shilshole Bay Marina, on Puget Sound, but the sea lion was rebuffed each time with loud barks from those already on board.

While covering the Sperry Top-Sider National Offshore One Design Regatta, Seattle Times staff photographer Ken Lambert and others on a chase boat spotted a few things moving on a buoy Friday May 20, 2011 near Golden Gardens.

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Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets Northwest:

[Seaview Boatyards owner Phil Riise with his award from the Association of Washington Business. John Papajani photo]

Seaview Boatyards was among 12 companies recently honored by the Association of Washington Business (AWB) for their environmental practices.

Seaview received the association’s Environmental Excellence Award for Leading Environmental Practices during the association’s annual meeting earlier this month. Seaview was lauded for installing treatment systems to reduce pollution in stormwater runoff, seek
using vacuum sanders to contain metal-laden dust and other practices.

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The Kitsap Sun’s Christopher Dunagan alerts us to this useful bit of technology in his Watching Our Water Ways blog:

When I need a nautical chart for the Puget Sound area, pharmacist
I’ve begun to click on a website called DeepZoom, a site that takes you into an animated wonderland of tides and currents.

Software developer Jay Alan Borseth of Seattle is using Microsoft’s DeepZoom technology to weave together hundreds of charts and maps, allowing the reader to quickly scan and zoom to the location of interest. The whole thing runs on Silverlight.

Unique features about the website are not the static maps but the ability to watch changes in tides and currents. Pick a location, type in the date and set the duration of time you wish to review. Use the slidebar to set the clock for checking on tides and currents at a specific time. Or click the start button to play through the animation for the sequence you have chosen.

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