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    Opinion: State plan could force costly changes for boaters and marinas

    Get ready for another set of regulations that will impact boating. That’s because the Department of Natural Resources looks to be moving towards an Aquatic Lands Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that will affect all boaters, boatyards and marinas who have Aquatic Lands leases with the ...


Locals abroad: Friendships and cruising

Ponnusamy, or Sam as we call him, prepared chicken curry at his home in Penang, Malaysia for us to share on Totem recently. He called it “a simple curry” although was anything but simple, with so many different spices that even chili-fueled fire didn’t overwhelm the complex flavors. Other than love of good chicken vindaloo […]

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All is well after last week’s storms

By the time the forecast windstorm arrived, its strength had been downgraded a tiny bit.  But it was still very strong when it arrived Thursday night (aside: why do these things always happen at night?). For an assortment of reasons too complicated to detail here, we spent the night at our cabin on Camano Island.  […]

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An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

Kayaker found near Bainbridge Island dies

Update Dec. 15 8:15 a.m.: Mark Gianneschi, the 52-year-0ld Brownsville kayaker who went missing on Sunday, was found unresponsive and has died, according to the Seattle Times. A Coast Guard helicopter found the man in the water at about 11:15 p.m. Sunday, his kayak nearby. He had been reported overdue on Sunday evening by his […]

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A serious choice: buying a liferaft

In all honesty, we should’ve purchased a liferaft earlier. We were less compelled as our past travels kept us always within a day sail of land, in areas well-populated with other boaters.  Admittedly our delay was also due in part because for us it’s far less painful to pay “boat bucks” (measured in increments of $1,000 […]

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Go Big Or Go Home

I’ve never once wished for a larger boat while out sailing and voyaging but living aboard at the dock in winter is an entirely different thing. I should be writing, or working on the boat or… but I’m not, I’m surfing the web for my dream 50’er. The Crealock 31 is the largest boat in […]

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