Jon Petrich: Finding a career, and community, on the water

What is it like when a little boy sits on the porch and listens intently to his grandfather’s stories, or has a father who teaches him to work hard? When a little boy is taught core values, is shown the stars and the sea, observes what it is like to serve the public and the…

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Sailing with Margaret Pommert

  “Learning to become a boating instructor is a bit like tacking a sailboat. You rarely get a chance to go directly upwind or directly towards your objective. You may need to sail off in one direction. This may put a little bit distance from your destination, but then turn and tack back and forth…

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Anacortes Small Boat Center

Fidalgo Island is an ideal location for a small boat center. With easy access to the water and a long history in the maritime industry, a boat center revolving around boating related activities would be the perfect fit for this marine community. The plans for the center include small boat storage, educational space, rowing and…

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Member Profile of LeGros, Buchanan and Paul

“Our maritime industry continues to play a central role in Washington’s diverse, strong economy,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “Working waterfronts are sources of technological innovation and resilience, supporting good jobs and new business opportunities from the Pacific and Puget Sound coastlines to the Columbia River and beyond.” The Washington State Maritime Sector Economic Impact Study…

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Kim, Cam, and their Nordhavn

by Penny Talbot It feels odd interviewing someone I have known almost all my life, but my conscience and better judgement tells me I should probably refrain from writing about my dear friends and fellow boaters Cam and Kim Kemp, without at least attempting to get their side of the story. Although we have known…

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Puget Sound Pilot, Ed Marmol – A Career in the Maritime Industry Series

He grew up poor in a factory town in Virginia. For those whose families were financially well grounded, a family-financed college education provided ample opportunities, but that was not the case for Ed…. His parents were both immigrants for whom English was a second language. Ed was the first generation in his family to go to college…

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Be Prepared for Emergencies

              Anacortes Marine Insurance reminds you that not all Yacht Insurance policies are the same.  The Best policies include: Agreed Value on the Hull. Agreed Value separately on the Dinghy/Tender(when appropriate). Separate Coverage for Standard Liability and Pollution Liability. Enough Towing Coverage to actually get you home. Personal Effects…

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Executive Director for the Port of Anacortes… Dan Worra

Where’s Waldo? He is in Anacortes, WA. Waldo, a.k.a. Dan Worra served twenty-four years as a naval pilot in the United States Navy. During the last stretch of his long naval career he served as the Operations Manager at Whidbey NAS, which prepared him for his next career, Executive Director for the Port of Anacortes.…

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Commissioner Keith Rubin – District 5

Mission Statement In Partnership with Public Agencies and Private Business, develop and manage facilities and services which stimulate private job creation and commerce, while protecting the quality of life, needs, and desires of area residents. The focus of the port is primarily transportation and the infrastructure related to it: seaports, airports, marine terminals, marinas, roadways,…

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World Class Bareboat Charter – Did You Know?

The Answer Tortola British Virgin Islands  

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Boat Services from Anchors to Zincs – Did You Know?

  THE ANSWER Lift: 200 metric tons    

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Anacortes Marine Insurance – It is what they do

Scott Richards Insurance and Anacortes Marine Insurance have a long history of providing the best insurance for their clients. Scott Richards Insurance started in Anacortes, WA in 1951. The current owner/agent, Scot Buchanan, purchased the business in January of 2012. Scott Richards Insurance continues providing clients with the highest quality insurance services and lowest rates…

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Meet Marine Insurance Specialist Mary LaFleur

Insurance is a necessity when owning a boat and finding the right agent is an important part of boat ownership. Meet, Mary LaFleur  Owner , Managing Agent and Marine Specialist with ALT Insurance Group. Mary has been in the insurance industry for 31 years. She started with Farmers Insurance Group in the Tacoma area and after…

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Anacortes Has So Much to Offer Boaters

On Pacific Sailors’ blog they wrote a nice article about North Harbor Diesel. This one sentence sums up quite nicely all that Anacortes has to offer boaters, “In town are boating supply stores, boat yards, repair shops, marinas, boats in and out of the water everywhere, some great restaurants and grocery stores – everything we need.” Anacortes…

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5 Tips on Preparing Your Boat for Winter from ALT Insurance

Winter is coming! Five tips from Mary LaFleur of ALT Insurance Group on preparing your boat for winter. Check the dates of when you bought your heaters. Often times heaters are the cause of boat fires. Just because they still work does not mean that they are past life expectancy. Under no circumstances do you…

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A Fall Checklist for Your Boat from a Detailer’s Perspective

As the summer boating season comes to a slow close, it is time to think of Fall. From our friends at Marine Detail Specialists, here is a checklist of things to do to in regards to getting your boat ready for a winter’s nap.   Fall Boat Checklist (From a Detailer’s Perspective) Remove Unnecessary items…

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What A Beauty

Check out this AWESOME new boat to Anacortes. A 32′ Dragonfly Trimaran, fast adventure cruiser. Built in the Netherlands. Marine Detail Specialists had the privilege of doing the commissioning detail work on this boat working alongside the guys from Northwest Rigging who installed and tuned the rig. This boat is sold but will may be available for…

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Anacortes… Maintain Your Boat Here

The 2017 Seattle Boats A Float show was a complete success. The Anacortes Marine Trades was well represented. Many directories were handed out and boaters from all over will know where to get their boats worked on. Keep in mind that we are just heading into the maintenance season. During July and August there were many boaters…

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Rats On Board

Did you know that rats, otters and other little critters can cause significant damage to boats both in the water and on the hard? They are able to squeeze into exhaust, vents, open windows etc. They can also climb up power cords and dock lines. Make sure during the winter months that there are no open food…

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I Can See Now – Water Spot Removal with Marine Detail Specialists

Some of the best new service ideas have come from questions Jeff received at his detailing seminars. Pesky, baked on water spots on glass windows have been bothering boaters for a long time and Jeff would constantly get asked about how to remove them. He decided to work through a solution and found a supplier for a special glass polishing compound. Marine Detail Specialists has been offering this service for about four years now and continually are amazed at the results.

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