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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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Boating groups oppose no-discharge zone in Puget Sound

Commercial and recreational boating groups are voicing their opposition to a proposal that would ban the discharge of sewage, treated or not, throughout Puget Sound. The Washington State Department of Ecology is proposing a no-discharge zone (NDZ) that it says is needed to protect the environmentally sensitive Sound. Federal law currently prohibits dumping untreated sewage [...]

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Grand opening of Vancouver’s Milltown Marina

Vancouver’s newest marina, Milltown Marina on Richmond Island in the Fraser River, had its grand opening yesterday. With dry stack storage for boats up to 28’ in length, and 237 slips ranging between 30’ and 80’ in length, Milltown is not a boutique entry onto the market. A yacht brokerage, boatyard, a chandlery, and on-site [...]

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A sand sculpture of the downtown Seattle skyline

The show is over

And no one is reading this article because it is Super Bowl Sunday. Quite possibly I am not even writing it right now, because I am sitting in a bar waiting for the game to start. Wherever I am, I’m certainly not thinking about boats at the moment. It’s an undeserved and premature ending for [...]

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Satellite communications for cruisers

While satellite communications Big Daddy Inmarsat was the big story at the Pacific Marine Expo late last year, the recreational market served by the Seattle Boat Show has more examples from a new, upstart competitor in the satellite services market: Globalstar. S3 Maritime, located on the upper concourse at the show, has the full range [...]

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