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Letters


ultimately boat buyers to get it done here! These are desperate times, calling for decisive action. Will someone please stand up and take the lead?


Bruce Elliot La Conner


Being on the hard shouldn’t be that hard. Canal Boatyard is the right place for you, your family and your boat. • Exceptional Services: Coastal Marine Engine, Emerald Harbor Marine and Pacific Fiberglass.


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Over the years there has been much lobbying by NMTA (Northwest Marine Trade Association), RBAW (Recreational Boaters Association of Washington) and others to make Washington a much more boater friendly state, especially visiting boats. There are a few ways to get around some of the fees, but it is tricky and very expensive if you get caught. Restructuring would be good but the climate in Olympia is pretty challenging right now, especially toward the boating industry.


Transition to the “Dark Side” A year ago, with great trepidation, we shifted to the


“Dark Side”. After 30 years of sailing, including two extensive offshore voyages through the South Pacific and Mexico, we became “stinkpotters”. However, our anxiety about the process and change


in cruising adventure was an unexpected pleasure due, in large part, to the dealer from whom we bought the new trawler.


CAPE GEORGE MARINE WORKS, INC.


This was not our first experience in buying a new boat. Our last 37’sailboat was purchased new in 2000 from a Seattle dealer, so we had an experience from which to compare this purchase. Our choice was a Mariner 37 Seville Pilothouse trawler from Waterline Boats on Westlake in Seattle. Scott and Lisa Helker, owners of Waterline Boats, have made the experience one of the most pleasant and professional purchases we have ever made. Any new boat, much like a new house, has a “punch


Cape George 38


Now also building the Lyle Hess


designed 28' Bristol Channel and 22' Falmouth Cutters


31' 34' 36' 38' 40.5' 45'


1924 Cape George Rd. Port Townsend, WA 98368 360.385.3412 www.capegeorgecutters.com


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list” process. Waterline Boats went above and beyond what one should expect in resolving any and all issues to ensure the boat looked and operated perfectly. In the year since buying the boat, they has been responsive, knowledgeable, timely and extremely fair in all aspects of the purchase and follow up issues. My wife and I frequently comment that Waterline treats the boat as if it were still theirs. Our trepidation about moving from sail to power combined with a new purchase was made surprisingly pleasant by having chosen a great boat and a dealer that knows the real meaning of fairness and customer service. And, by the way, yes we do occasionally say to each


other, “Wouldn’t it be nice to be on a beam reach right now?” as we cross the Straits of Juan de Fuca in a 20 knot westerly. However, the remaining 80% of the time we think we made the right decision.


Sincerely, Richard and Kanita Harding P/V Zia


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