Aug 08 2018

National Night Out-Shilshole

It was another beautiful evening for the Port of Seattle Police/Shilshole Marina’s annual BBQ.  Several hundred marina tenants enjoyed burgers, hot dogs, salads and refreshments with a live band to entertain.

This was the 16th year of this opportunity to meet and mingle with our Port Police and Marina staff to continue building a better community here at Shilshole.  A big thank you to them for all they did!

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Aug 01 2018

Manzanita Bay, Bainbridge Island

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A beautiful harbor with easy anchorage and often overlooked as one hurries to Poulsbo, Manzanita Bay is just to port after the bridge as you go through Agate Pass.  You can go back to the quiet end of the bay or, as we like to do, stay out at the mouth for the sunsets.  Though there is no formal beach or dock for the boating public, there are a couple street ends (public right of way) that will get you onto the island for walking or biking the trails and nearby parks.


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Jul 26 2018

Adrift paddleboards, kayaks wasting the Coast Guard’s time, money

“In the month of July, search and rescue crews responded to an average of one unmanned-adrift paddlecraft in the Puget Sound region every day,” according to the Coast Guard. Read the article here on…


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Jun 19 2018

Cruising South Sound

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Start by going to Poulsbo for the 3rd of July Fireworks, then down the backside of Bainbridge, through Rich Passage and down Colvos Passage (W side of Vashon) to Quartermaster Harbor for a great 4th of July show.  Then its a quick run over to Gig Harbor to wait for favorable current to go through the Narrows. If you go direct from Shilshole, its about a 5 hour run to Gig Harbor (current always flows north in Colvos).

Time your southbound trip through the Narrows for a flooding current. Stay in the middle away from the bridge pylons to avoid the back eddies and get the most push.  You’ll be surprised at your speed over ground as you zip though and how quickly you cover the distance.  You pop out on the east end of Fox Island. Your cruising guides will list all possible anchorages to explore and their amenities.  Here is what we did last year… Continue Reading »

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Jun 18 2018

Do NOT shoot off old flares on the 4th!

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With the 4th of July celebrations coming up, there are always those doorknobs that think it’s a good idea to shoot off old expired flares. Besides being illegal, they are extremely dangerous since 1) you have no control over their direction, 2) they come down hot and can (and have) caused serious damage to sail covers, sails, and decks with obvious consequences to propane and gas containers.

If you see someone doing this, PLEASE call the marina staff immediately at 206-601-4089 to report it.

Just like the Sky Lanterns (aka Chinese Lanterns), if a fire starts in the marina, it could be deadly…

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