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Coast Guard lifeboat in heavy surf

A salute to Coast Guard veterans

Today is Veteran’s Day, and around the country there will be commemorations, remembrances, parades and other events to honor those who have served. Among them are some number of former Coast Guardsmen. Although most boaters are aware, perhaps vaguely, that the Coast Guard is a military as well as a civil service, this unique status […]

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Summer 2014 in the Pacific Northwest

It was a warmer than average cruising season on most of the Salish Sea this summer; in Puget Sound, a scorching July drove the average high temperature up near 80 degrees for the summer, almost 10 degrees warmer than usual for the period. And after a ridiculously wet spring — March was the all-time wettest […]

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Matt Rutherford, left, with reporter Tomoko Nishi and an editor at Kazi magazine, and Nicole Trenham in Sakura, Japan. Photo courtesy of Wendy Hinman

Seafaring rebel with a cause

Many share a thirst for adventure on the high seas, but few can turn that desire into a vocation. Matt Rutherford is one of them. He has found a way to share his love of the seafaring life with a mission to aid our planet’s threatened oceans, our neighboring Pacific being one of them. I […]

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Michael Luis

CWB hires new executive director

Seattle’s Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) has announced the result of their national search for a replacement for departing Executive Director Betsy Davis: Michael Luis, of Medina, a longtime public affairs consultant, historic preservationist, author and city council member will join the Center as Executive Director immediately. Luis also has the requisite sailing chops to […]

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Captain Charlie Long

Bard of the Broughtons

If you happen to be tied up at the dock at any smallish marina up in the Broughtons and see a tall, tanned fellow with a perpetual gleaming-white grin on his face swinging a guitar and musical equipment off onto the dock, march right on up to the office and arrange to stay for another […]

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Gordon Myers' unusual Coast Guard Auxiliary boat attracts attention when he's out on Lake Union. Brian Haney photos

Not your usual patrol boat

Gordon Myers is active in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary — very active. An “auxiliarist” for the last 11 years, the 79-year-old cruises his Coast Guard Auxiliary patrol boat at least three times each week on Seattle’s Lake Union. But this one is not like most auxiliary patrol boats. It’s a single-seat Surfbike, pedaled and steered […]

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