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Jun 23 2022

Do I have to register my motorized dinghy?

Better to be registered and avoid the hassle, expense and embarrassment of family and friends some weekend when you are out boating…

As a resident of the State of Washington, YES, with one minor exception.  Rules in other states may be different, but in Washington, per Chapter 88.02.020 RCW Dispositions VESSEL REGISTRATION

(1) Except as provided in this chapter, a person may not own or operate any vessel, including a rented vessel, on the waters of this state unless the vessel has been registered and displays a registration number and a valid decal in accordance with this chapter. A vessel that has, or is required to have, a valid marine document as a vessel of the United States is only required to display a valid decal.

Exception for motorized vessels:

(7) A vessel equipped with propulsion machinery of less than ten horsepower that:
(a) Is owned by the owner of a vessel for which a valid vessel number has been issued; and
(b) Displays the number of that numbered vessel followed by the suffix “1” in the manner prescribed by the department; and
(c) Is used as a tender for direct transportation between the numbered vessel and the shore and for no other purpose.
Many boaters seem to think that putting “tender to” on their inflatable in lieu of registration numbers will suffice.  Nope. (See 7b above), and “registered vessel to shore” (moored or anchored mothership) means just that…no fishing, crabbing, visiting other boats, etc.  (Tickets have been handed out in Shilshole in the past)
Here is an article that summarizes the requirements in understandable language…
http://boativated.com/?p=275

 

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Jun 13 2022

4th of July fireworks by boat

The 4th is only a couple weeks away and falls on a Monday.  This means people will have a long weekend to get away from the dock and cruise locally. Some popular displays to see by boat are:

(editor’s note:  at the time of this posting, there were very few details available on proposed shows due to the disruptions of the past 2 years, thus the info from previous years shows)

Poulsbo   this year’s show is cancelled, and future shows currently do not have a sponsor Poulsbo’s Third of July celebration canceled; focus now on Viking Fest (kitsapsun.com)

The homes around Liberty Bay and the Casino will have their own shows

Edmonds

Quartermaster Harbor-Vashon Island (private sponsored show over inner harbor – here is a 2016 video), there is no confirmation that this show is still on, and this is the first year that the King County Council has banned fireworks in King County, so a lot of unknown

Lake Union-Seattle

Tacoma Waterfront

Everett Waterfront

Des Moines waterfront

Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor

Anacortes

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Jun 05 2022

Whales and Boating

Published by under Cruising

Just a reminder to be aware of the regulations surrounding the observation of our whales (and sea lions) while out on the water.  Recently, 2 boaters were fined due to being too close to some orcas.  We are fortunate to have such beautiful creatures in our backyard and truly blessed when we encounter them while out boating.  But please, know the rules to keep them (and yourselves) safe.  Everyone’s got a camera these days, so don’t assume no one can see you.

Read the laws for Washington and Canada here:  Home – Be Whale Wise

Whale sightings: Orca Network

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May 25 2022

Port Ludlow

Port Ludlow is a easy 3-4 hour trip (sailboat speed) from Shilshole.  Catch the outgoing tide north and cross the traffic lanes fairly perpendicular (as you should always do) to run up the Kitsap side.  Round Pt. No Point and head to Foulweather Bluff where you should arrive at slack water to avoid the major tide rips that occur near the bluff and buoy.  From there, it’s a 3.5 mile trip across the Hood Canal entrance to Pt Ludlow (stay clear of the Tala Point as it is shallow, rock strewn and full of kelp).  The harbor is large with easy anchorage in 25-35 ft of mud bottom.  (avoid the cable crossing area).  There is a dinghy dock at the marina for you to go and explore.  See more here

Port Ludlow trail map

 

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May 20 2022

Cruising North…

Published by under Cruising

June, July and August are the months our docks are empty and everyone seems to be up north!  Is this in your plans?  Do you want to go and have questions?  Post your questions and stories here…

The San Juans, the Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound, Barkley Sound, the Broughtons, and beyond are all common destinations of local boaters for the summer months.  The weather is great, the days are long and you have time to get back home before school starts or the fog sets in.

This isn’t something you do in a weekend…it can take a week or longer  to get there (depending on how far you go) and the same back, so time allotted is important. Don’t try to do too much at once.  It can be crowded at times (it’s popular), but the views/scenery/experience is absolutely unbelievable.  World cruisers say that the best cruising grounds are right here in our own backyard!

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