May 20 2018

World Oceans Day

One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something. – Henry David Thoreau

Friday, June 8th is World Oceans Day, reminding us that we all need to do our part to reduce the plastic we use, and to always practice good environmental stewardship!  As boaters, the ocean is our backyard, and our playground and just like we wouldn’t want to see plastic bottles and trash while hiking in the woods, we don’t want to have it in our waters, either.

Try to get out that weekend and join an event, or go solo, and make a commitment to reduce, reuse, and recycle!  Check out these websites for more helpful ideas…

World Ocean Day event ideas

The Starfish Parable:  One day, an old man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked he came upon a young boy who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one.

Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. Without looking up from his task, the boy simply replied, “I’m saving these starfish, Sir”.

The old man chuckled aloud, “Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?”

The boy picked up a starfish, gently tossed it into the water and turning to the man, said, “I made a difference to that one!”

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May 15 2018

Sailboat Racing

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  • Have you ever wondered how to get started in sailboat racing?
  • Do you think you have to be experienced or knowledgeable before you race?

Here’s your chance to try it out!  We are fortunate to have the CYC clubhouse and their programs here at Shilshole.  It’s a great opportunity to get on a boat, learn some skills by watching others, and have fun with new found friends!  It may be your thing, it may not, but entry is easy and free.  Just bring a good attitude, a willingness to learn, and your life jacket and sailing clothes.  Check out CYC’s web site to find a boat, who to contact and what the racing schedule is this summer!

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May 15 2018

Living Aboard a Boat

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Here is an article from last weekend’s Seattle Times about living on a boat. Thank you to Ned and Kristen for providing some insight for the interviewer…

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May 05 2018

Un-Plugged City Wide Drill

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Saturday April 28, 2018 there was a city wide disaster preparedness drill. Shilshole Prepares Hub participated with Kirke Park Hub  at Kirke Park.   The drill was designed to allow the population of Seattle to think about and practice what it would be like to lose our electrical grid.  Less than four weeks ago Puerto Rico’s  3,659,679 people lost all electrical power.  It could happen here, imagine all 606,660 + people in Seattle with out power for an indefinite period of time.

Some of the questions that came up were:  Can you tell me where I can charge my car and my phone?  Do I go to work Monday at Amazon/Boeing/Microsoft? Where can I buy gas?  Are the grocery stores open?  Can you contact my Grandmother using your radio? How do I reach the, Hospital/ Police/ Fire Department/Red Cross for help?  I smell natural gas, what should I do?  Where is my Social Security check…my bank is closed. These and many other relevant questions were answered.  We did lots of role playing of situations that could come up if the grid went down.

The hubs communicated with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management  aka EOC, through a network of ham radio stations.  This structure is an all volunteer group known as ACS, short for Seattle Auxiliary Communications Services, it is set up to be covered by five sector teams and a team at the EOC during a disaster.  These people are the core of the hub program.  They speak with one another and relay critical information about the overall situation in the city.  Conversation is governed by strict protocols and requires the operators to adhere a no monkey business style of behavior.

All the people that volunteered to participate in the drill were given jobs to preform.  The drill lasted three hours.  Citizens walking by were asked to participate as well.

It is my hope that next year when we do the city wide drill here many of you will help.  With more practice we can improve our disaster preparedness skills.

One last thing I would like to add; we are a well organized group of independent characters who  in a pinch  are ready to handle big issues.  In many ways we are the best prepared group in Seattle.  That does not mean we should be come complacent.  Think about what you will do if a catastrophic event occurs.  Your life and lives of those you love and care for could be stake.

Thank you to the following folks that participated: Ned Kohlhauff VP of the SLA and Hub Manager, Richard Meeks Board Member of SLA,  Dave and Sam Krause  V-MAN Net and ACS Members, Tom McIntyre ACS Member,  Michael DePaula G-Dock, and many others.


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Apr 28 2018

Environmental Responsibility

Published by under Liveaboard Topics

A key pillar of the Shilshole Liveaboard Assoc.’s mission is the education, promotion and practice of responsible environmental stewardship.  As liveaboards, the sea is our backyard, and just like homeowners would not “trash” their own backyard, nor should we.  Most boaters and liveaboards understand this, but there are always ways to improve your footprint (both afloat or ashore).

Find out more…


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