Seattle Water, Boating Regulations & Information
Being stopped by the Harbor Patrol is one of those things very few people look forward to. To help avoid unwanted attention from the Seattle Harbor Patrol, they have produced a booklet covering Seattle area Regulations & Information for local boaters.
The FREE 19 page booklet covers things like marine speed limits in the Seattle area, anchoring (where and for how long), Bridges, Marine Ordinances (very important what not to do), Diving, Water skiing and more.
The booklet is being given out by the Seattle Harbor Patrol as well as Coast Guard Auxiliary members at some public events.
New Slippery Cell-Phone
When I got my new smarter than I am Cell-Phone I was worried about dropping it overboard. The new phone did not have any attachment points like my previous Cell-Phone and was quite slick.
Talking to the salesman he pointed out a carrier that clipped on the cell-Phone and had a clip for a pocket or belt. When I looked at the two piece carrier, the part that clips onto the cell-Phone itself had an area that I thought I could drill a pair of holes in and attach a piece of waxed whipping twine that could be used to attach to a neck lanyard.
Pumping out the holding tank
photo courtesy of Three Sheets Northwest
Going to the Pumpout station is one of those tasks that no boater seems to look forward to doing.
The Washington Sea Grant Program has developed a new Free Pumpout Adapter Kit to help boaters avoid the dreaded “Brown Shower.” The free pumpout Adapter Kit has a plastic adapter that screws into the existing waste discharge deck fitting on a boat, the adapter fitting has a cam lock that will lock onto the pumpout hose to help prevent spills, the kit also has instructions, protective gloves and a web link that will help you find where pumpout stations are located in Washington State. The Pumpout Adapter Kits will fit about 90% of the boats in use, if your boat uses the smaller sized pumpout fittings there is contact information in the Pumpout Adapter Kit to request a smaller fitting for your boat.
The Pumpout Kits are funded funded by the Washington State Parks Clean Vessel Program. The Washington State Parks Clean Vessel Program contracts with Washington Sea Grant to provide educational outreach for the Washington State Clean Vessel Program
The original Alki Point Aid to Navigation Lantern from 1877, on display at the U.S. Coast Guard Museum, located on the Coast Guard Base at Pier 36, just south of downtown Seattle near Safeco Field.
The Lantern was lit and hung from a Post to help keep vessels safe. The Lantern’s fuel tank holds enough fuel to burn for 8 days, this meant that it only needed to be serviced once a week. The Lantern was used from 1877 until 1913 when the present Alki Point Lighthouse was put into service. This was one of 33 similar lanterns in Puget Sound. The Post Lantern was purchased in 1877 for $ 12.37. The lantern is about 27 inches tall overall (including hanger) and 15 inches in diameter.
Sometime after the Lantern was taken out of service it disappeared, it was recovered some years later and is now in the U.S. Coast Guard Museum in Seattle.
Finding information about visiting Canada with a boat can be difficult even with the internet. Here is information for Boaters and others visiting Canada. This information is geared to boating because boaters have very specific safety and operator requirements when bringing a boat into or operating a boat in Canada.
Ministry of Transport – Safe Boating Guide
What you need to know about operating a boat in Canada, including educational requirements and Canada’s Pleasure Craft Operator Card (Operators “License”) requirements and equivalency requirements for foreign visitors.
A couple of videos sent to me on how not to launch a boat while underway.
The first video shows not the way to launch a Fast Rescue Boat, they need some type of rescue boat after this fiasco. Why anyone lets people like this in charge of anything is beyond me.
The other videos are recreational boat launches