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Rough can be slick

Someday, you may find yourself taking a look at the bottom of your hull and thinking “Man, that looks too smooth… I’m going to have to rough it up a little more if I want to reduce drag.” Such is the implication of a recent study by UCLA professor John Kim and associates. The scientists [...]

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Seattle Boat Works owner Alex Wilken with the electric drive

Going green with electric propulsion

One of the most interesting items on the show floor this year at the Boat Show is the inboard electric propulsion drive from eMarine being exhibited by Seattle Boat Works. Tucked off on a quiet stretch of the East Hall, in the back where the chill radiates off the big doors leading out onto the [...]

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Seattle rendered as islands after a 240 foot rise in sea level

Seattle is the new San Juans

Not yet, mind you. But in 5,000 years, potentially, if the ice caps melt, the hilly confines of Greater Seattle may look something like this: Such is the projection of Jeffrey Linn, an urban planner at the University of Washington. Inspired by a similar map of San Francisco (or, um, The City That Must Not [...]

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The sunken tug Chickamauga surrounded by spill pads and a containment boom

Chickamauga sinking results in criminal charges

The owner of the 70-foot wooden tug Chickamauga has been charged with theft, violation of the Derelict Vessel’s Act, and discharge of polluting materials in the wake of that vessel’s abandonment and sinking at a marina on Bainbridge Island last October. The Chickamauga was one of several older vessels which went to the bottom around [...]

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Big water on the way this weekend

For sailors or beach goers in Puget Sound or British Columbia’s Lower Mainland this weekend, some tall water — or short beaches, depending on how you look at it — are on the way this weekend: it’s the first set of king tides of 2014. On Jan. 4, 5, 6 and 7, high tides in Puget [...]

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