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May 27 2021

National Safe Boating Week

This past week has been National Safe Boating Week and we are never to old (or experienced) to review some boater basics…

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Washington Boating Safety Course: BoatUS Foundation


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May 23 2021

Cruising South Sound

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South Sound is an underrated destination.  Most boaters head to the San Juans and points north, but south of the Narrows you will find a quiet, island dotted area that has terrific anchorages with incredible views of Mt Rainier and the Olympics.

It’s about a 5 hour run to Gig Harbor from Shilshole but break it up with a visit to Blake Is, Blakely Harbor or Quartermaster  (on Vashon).  It’s then a quick run over to Gig Harbor to wait for favorable current to go through the Narrows.

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 to 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’ll 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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Apr 16 2021

Are you or a neighbor headed to Alaska this summer?

With Canada still closed (and most likely will be the rest of the summer), those looking to cruise to Alaska have questions about transiting through Canada.  Though the rules that govern their Covid restrictions (stops/fuel, food/rest) are strict (and confusing), it can be done.  Just do your homework.  Here is a graphic that shows the procedures…


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Apr 16 2021

Poulsbo Fireworks Cancelled-again!

Unfortunately, the great fireworks show in Liberty Bay at Poulsbo has been cancelled again this year.


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Apr 07 2021

State proposes doubling annual boater’s excise tax!

Update: Because so many boaters, boating businesses and Senate leaders spoke up, the Senate removed any increase to the Watercraft Excise Tax in their Senate budget. We are turning off the action-alert campaign at this time. NMTA

This is something that affects all of us boaters so please take a moment to review this message from the Northwest Marine Trade Assoc. and the Recreational Boating Assoc. of Washington

All Boaters,

This morning I testified before the Senate Transportation Committee opposing a new proposal to double the watercraft excise tax. This is the tax Washington boaters pay annually when they register their boats.

Boaters are the only user group that pay an excise tax and we think it is unfair and inappropriate to increase this tax.

The funds from this Vessel Excise Tax go directly into the state general fund.

Please take action now and let our state senators know you do not support this increase. It only takes one minute! Click this LINK now to send a message to your state senator.


George Harris

NMTA President/CEO

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