May 28 2018

Summer Concerts at the Locks

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May 21 2018

Sky Lanterns (aka Chinese Lanterns)

Published by under Liveaboard Topics

This is the time of the year when the uninformed and/or uncaring people show up at Golden Gardens park to set off these floating fire bombs!  What seems “pretty” and “romantic” in the park is a disaster waiting to happen for us boaters or our neighbors on the hill during our dry summers.  These “lanterns” have landed in the rigging of boats here at Shilshole and by sheer luck we have avoided a conflagration.

These floating lanterns are illegal in the State of Washington, and 29 other states. If you see one, immediately call 911, ask for the fire dept. and report as many details as you can.

http://mrsc.org/Home/Stay-Informed/MRSC-Insight/June-2017/Regulating-Sky-Lanterns.aspx

 

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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

https://www.seattleaquarium.org/world-ocean

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

Published by under Crew,Shilshole Marina

  • 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…

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/people-rush-to-boats-in-ballard-to-dodge-seattles-crazy-housing-market-but-theres-no-more-room/

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