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From landlocked Iowa to a Port Townsend boatyard

It’s not exactly surprising that the new owners of Gold Star Marine, Inc. in Port Townsend have long had a passion for boats. More surprising is that husband-and-wife team Jim Heckmann and Karen Ridings, who took over the business in mid-March, come from landlocked Iowa, have never owned a boat and have backgrounds as an [...]

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Duo dinghy launched!

For various reasons, the last two summers we have been cruising the PNW without a dinghy. We enjoy being on board our Skoota 28 powercat, the only times we usually need to go ashore is to buy fuel. However we do occasionally need to stern tie, and that is a bit tricky to do without [...]

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Frame shift

 It happens every three years. For two years and eleven months, we live here in the marina within sight of the boatyard.  But it’s invisible to us – its existence doesn’t rise into our consciousness. Then in that 35th month we do a haulout.  Suddenly, we become painfully and bluntly aware of the yard – [...]

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Ship Canal docks for Redden Marine's Seattle store

Redden Marine opens Seattle store

Redden Marine Supply, long a familiar name to mariners in Bellingham and south central Alaska, is coming to Seattle with the grand opening of a new warehouse store along the Ship Canal on this coming Saturday, April 26th. The celebration will occur from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature hourly raffle drawings for [...]

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Dodging bullets

Well, I can say this: after last weekend’s triple play smack down, it was hard for this weekend to be anything but better. And it WAS better. The good news is we GET TO KEEP OUR ENGINE! Oh happy day! … Continue reading →

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On the Trail

If you set your mind to it, you could walk from Astoria, Oregon south to the California border. That’s because in 1967, the far-sighted people of Oregon passed a bill ensuring that, “the public has free and uninterrupted use,” of … Continue reading →

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