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Industry pioneer Hobie Alter passes away

Surfer, sailor, and commercial visionary Hobie Alter passed away last night at his home in California at the age of eighty after an extended battle with cancer. Best known in sailing circles for the ubiquitous “Hobie-cat” sailing catamarans, Alter actually had a greater impact on the surfing industry, having developed and popularized the fiberglass-skin, foam [...]

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Coast Guard lifeboat in heavy surf

A legacy in lifesaving

It’s a little unusual these days for sons to follow in their father’s footsteps; even more so to follow both their father and grandfather in their chosen profession. But to find three generations of one family who are all US Coast Guard surfmen is a rare — probably unprecedented — thing indeed. That’s exactly what [...]

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Illustration of a purse seiner fishing in the ocean

Fisherpoets launch Kickstarter to boost anthology publication

The FisherPoets Gathering, an annual conglomeration taking place in Astoria each year of fisher-folk who have a way with words, has always presented an unusual aspect of the commercial fishing industry: the latent artistic talent present in many of its participants. Now, the folks that brought you the Gathering are breaking through another cherished misconception [...]

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David Moseley

Washington State Ferries director resigns

Assistant Secretary for Washington State Ferries David Moseley announced his resignation today, effective April 15, 2014. Although one of his maintenance crews just drilled a hole through the bottom of one of his Jumbo-class ferries, that doesn’t appear to be the reason for his departure. In fact, neither Moseley nor his boss, Secretary of Transportation [...]

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Colin Angus to speak at Northwest Maritime Center

Canadian adventurer and filmmaker Colin Angus, the first person to circle the world exclusively under his own power, will give a presentation at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend on March 21. Angus, who also gave a presentation at the 2013 Wooden Boat Festival at the Northwest Maritime Center, set off from Vancouver with [...]

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