Destinations – Shilshole Bay Marina

And we’re off!!

This post is the last from J31 at Shilshole Bay Marina. Next stop TBD!

Dawn up the mast

Here’s a shot of Dawn at the masthead installing the stop on the sail track as the sun sets at Shilshole Bay Marina. You can see a close-up here.


I would have installed it when the mast was in the yard, but it was missing for awhile. Now it’s installed back where it belongs.

We moved…

For the past year we’ve been on D-Dock and made some awesome friends. But getting our boat in and out of the slip was a bit of challenge at times so we moved to the north side of J-Dock where the fairway is 115’ wide compared to the 74’ on the south side D Dock. That will give us more room to get out of the slip and move around where D-Dock was tight and hard to get enough way on to turn in reverse. See the map of Shilshole Bay Marina to see the fairway widths.

Another nice things is now we’re sooo much closer to shore so trips to the shore side facilities won’t take nearly as long. Downside is that M-4 is not as nice as M-2 and the train is louder. So if you’re reading this and your on JK (we used to be on K) stop by J31 and say hi!

Shilshole Bay Marina Tenants Meeting

Officially it’s called the Dock Captain’s Meeting, but everyone’s invited so I’m going to call it a tenants meeting.

The meeting is Tuesday 8 December 6pm at the Corinthian Yacht Club.

If you have a boat at the Marina and can make it I highly recommend you do!

Zip Car coming to Shilshole ?

I don’t know but I’m trying to make it happen!

If you’re not familiar with Zip Car they’re a car rental service focused on people who have fewer or no cars but occasionally need a car. I think the Shilshole Bay Marina is a great candidate for such a service. 99% of the time I ride my scooter and Dawn has the car. But frequently we have to do this logistical dances so I can take the car to run errands for Deep Playa. It would be a lot better if I had easy access to a pickup or small SUV to run errands and carry around large items that won’t fit in my scooter. Zip Car is that solution to me.

Anyway, I’ve got the form from Zip Car and I’m working to get a hold of Sharon in the office to help me fill it out. I’ll let you know how its going.

Shilshole Dock Captains Meeting

I went to the Shilshole Bay Marina Dock Captains meeting tonight, this is part of the Washington Liveaboard Association. Amongst the dock captains there were also non-liveaboards in attendance such as myself. In attendance at the meeting (I’m going to butcher some name here) were the Marina Manager (Sharon), her boss Darlene from the Port, Joseppi to report on marina security (not sure on that) and Cathy Glees (?) to report on emergency preparedness also from the Port (but just the wet part, not the flying part she noted).


We kicked off with Joseppi on security at the Marina. He reported no major incidences have made it to his desk. The attendees indicated one car break-in recently and a report of transients roaming C Dock with a FOB for entry who were ushered away by Port Security. Main takeaways from this are that if you loose your key FOB report it to the Marina ASAP, they can turn them off within minutes. Also, if you have any break-ins or car damage I would also report those to the marina as well.

Joseppi also indicated there is a functioning notification list for doc captains, and that one for the general public is in the works as well.

Emergency Preparedness

Cathy Glees(?) spoke next on emergency preparedness. Aside form the general “be prepared” message, she spoke specifically about two things I felt were worth repeating. The Port is looking to work with HAM Radio Operators who want to be involved in emergency communication efforts. She mentions ARES and RACES, so I assume the port is working with ARESRACES of King County. There are soo many radios down here I’m sure some of you would love to help out. I may look into it myself even!

Secondly, the port is working with King County’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) effort and is looking for volunteers (liveaboards I assume to) to attend training sessions. The basic idea behind this is that if a large natural disaster occurred and emergency services were overwhelmed it would be useful to have people out in the community who were comfortable with using fire extinguishers, could search a building, help out their neighbors, etc. The training sounded pretty cool and it involved putting out real fires and doing simulated searches. As with everything contact the marina office for more information.

Liability Insurance Requirements

The big topic of the night was the coming mandatory liability insurance requirements for all of the water properties in the Port of Seattle (i.e., all the marinas recreational and commercial). The exact specifics will be coming in the mail in July, but at a high level it works like this:

  • Policy goes into effect 1 October 2009
  • Boats over 16’ moored in the water with engines have to carry $300,000 of liability
  • Boats on the dry moorage regardless of size which use the hoist, also have to have $300,000 of liability
  • Proof of insurance must be provided by making adding the Port of Seattle as a certificate holder. This will mean they get notified if you change, renew, let your policy lapse, etc.

That summary covers 99% of us, if you have a 100’ canoe with no motor call the marina or wait for the mailing in July for all the corner cases.

The Port seemed to be prepared more for people to be upset about the requirement, but most people were complaining about the wait till October, they’d rather see it go in effect immediately. I was kind of shocked by that. I agree in that I’m surprised they don’t require it already, but I completely understand that the Port can’t make things required over night.

They also said several times ”This is where we’re starting.” so you can expect that over time the requirements will go up and at a minimum I’d expect them to add wreck recovery and pollution in the not so distance future.

Golden Gardens Drive to Re-Open in a Month

According to the SDOT and MyBallard we’re about a month away from being able to make that straight shot from Shilshole up to 85th Ave NW. That will make my frequent runs to Home Depot so much easier and I love to ride the scoot up that windy hill!

We’ve lowered the property value on D-Dock

View from the cockpit

We made is safe and sound (no pun intended) from Blaine to Ballard this weekend. The first three or four hours of the trip while we crossed the Alden Banks and until the very northern edge of the San Juan Islands we’re pretty unpleasant. The seas were very disturbed (i.e., going in all directions) because of the 4 foot swell out of the N and the 1-3 foot wind waves out of the South. It us made us buckle down a bit and get serious about the trip which was good. At that point we were preparing ourselves for a repeat or worse as we crossed the Strait of Juan De Fuca. But as we we enjoyed the peaceful coastal waters of the San Juan Islands and entered the strait, we were pleasantly surprised that the water was calms as could be. You seriously could water skied out there. To top it off the sun was out a bit; it was still a little chilly but nice to see the sun just the same. We spent the night in Hudson Point Marina at Port Townsend and had a nice walk around the town, some wine, some food. Port Townsend is a great little town and one I look forward to visiting again.

Sunday we departed for Shilshole and actually sailed for a few hours, but the winds were light and we were on a schedule so we fired up the iron sail and motored into Shilshole Bay Marina. D-Dock is our new home temporarily while we wait for a permanent slip. We may need to sublet again or move around the sound, but for now until the end of August Deep Playa is a scant 15 minutes away as opposed to 2 hours!

Sunday we stayed a The Dinghy (our condo) but Monday night after work we visited Deep Playa to have dinner and we had our first visitor. Our friend Anna stopped by and shared some wine and food. It was great to see her as she will be soon leaving town for a few weeks. So now we have a guest book photo set on Flickr, hopefully you will stop by and join Anna’s photo in the archive.

With the boat closer to home we can focus on the chores to be done, first and foremost ripping out the toilet and holding bag (yes bag) and putting in the composting head, more to come on that for sure!