NWWB – Prompt 7pm start to Monday’s Presentation


Deborah Bach, publisher of Three Sheets Northwest and new communications director of the Northwest Marine Trade Association, will be our speaker. She is a very active observer and commentator on the Northwest Boating Community. She will, also, offer you excellent information about enhancing your boating experience by blogging. Below are two links. The first introduces you to Three Sheets NW guest bloggers and the second to the member’s blog page of the Northwest Women in Boating blog (please consider joining if you have a blog).

Three Sheets Northwest Guest Bloggers

Northwest Women in Boating Blog Page

We look forward to seeing you.

Marilyn and Vivian


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NWWB Meeting July 21st Deborah Bach, The Adventure of Creating And Publishing Three Sheets Northwest Plus Encouraging And Informing You On How To Blog About Your Adventures

Hi Gals,

Northwest Women in Boating eagerly celebrates the accomplishments of women in love with boating. There is so much to learn on and off the water about boating and the maritime community. We are excited to have Deborah Bach as our presenter next Monday.

Deborah and her husband, Marty McOmber, launched the successful online maritime-focused news site, Three Sheets Northwest (www.thresheetsnw.com). Deborah will introduce you, more intimately, to Three Sheets Northwest. Online publications are more than just sources of information; they are interactive. She will share how it has enhanced her passion for and knowledge of boating and how it can enhance yours.

We are especially pleased that Deborah will offer us some valuable knowledge about blogging. If you have a blog site learn how to enhance it. If you don’t blog but would like to, get tips on how to start and learn how you can enjoy it while enhancing your boating experience.

(Vivian here. I am especially excited about Deborah’s presentation as my husband and I recently returned from five weeks traveling in nine European countries. Before we left we had hoped to put a blog together but ran out of time. Now we are home and have 2000 pictures to go through and still need to do a blog so we can share the most wonderful trip of our lifetime. This is going to be a very meaningful meeting and I hope that many of you will take this opportunity to join us.)

Deborah was introduced to boating by her husband who was living aboard when they met. They honeymooned in Croatia sailing on the Dalmatian coast “among islands with pine forests and sandy beaches, cobblestone villages and castle ruins.” Currently they are “…having a good time discovering the Pacific Northwest’s anchorages and marinas, its waterlogged characters and watering holes”. Their long-term plan is to spend a few years sailing around the world. As NWWB presentations are relaxed, if you have questions about boating in that region, we’re sure Deborah would gladly share.

And, at the time of sending this out, we have learned that while continuing to publish Three Sheets Northwest, Deborah is taking over as the new Communications Director for the Northwest Marine Trade Association.

Come relax and enjoy the evening.

Date: Monday, July 21st, 2014

Time: 7:00pm – till 9:00 pm or so

Location: 1900 N Northlake Way, #233 Seattle, WA 98103

We meet at the Northwest Marine Trade Association conference room,1900 N. Northlake Way, #233. Park at Fisheries Supply and go into the courtyard beside Fisheries Supply and up the stairs, turn right and we are the furthest door on the left.

(Located in the courtyard beside Fisheries Supply – UP THE STAIRS AND DOWN THE WALKWAY)

The Northwest Marine Trade Association has graciously welcomed our group of women in boating to use their office for our meetings. There’s great parking and it’s a comfortable and professional place to meet. Thank you Northwest Marine Trade Association for your support.

Please RSVP to Vivian at nwwbviv@gmail.com or Marilyn at lkunion@aol.com

Bring an hors d oeuvre or something to drink if you desire.

Vivian Strolis – nwwbviv@gmail.com


Marilyn Michael lkunion@aol.com

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Help, Need Your Thoughts For Oven Replacement

Hi Gals,

Marilyn here, I am needing to purchase a new toaster oven for my boat. I use mine a lot (toasting, baking and broiling options). I have found a toaster oven quick and easy to use, especially in the summer when I don’t want to heat things up onboard. My older one was an Oster and worked well, but brands and technology change. I’m hoping some of you may have a suggestion as to a good brand to consider?

Also, do you have a “can’t do without” item or suggestion for the galley that other boating gals might like to hear about? Summer entertainment is getting into full swing.

Thanks in advance

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Women Have Made, Are Making and Will Make An Impact On The Northwest Maritime Community

From Three Sheets Northwest…

“Betsy Davis, executive director of The Center for Wooden Boats and one of the most familiar figures in Northwest boating, is moving on after 11 years at the helm.

Davis will step down at the end of the year after leading the Seattle-based nonprofit through more than a decade marked by a turbulent economy, the largest capital campaign in the center’s history and tremendous growth of a beloved institution that has become an integral part of the region’s maritime culture.

“It’s been such a fun ride the past 11 years,” Davis said. “It’s been such an honor to put my energy toward something I believe in so deeply and to build on the vision that [founders] Dick and Colleen Wagner started.”….

Link to the full story in Three Sheets Northwest, the online magazine

(Speaking of women making an impact on the Northwest Maritime Community, our speaker, on July 21st, will be Deborah Bach. Deborah is publisher of Three Sheets Northwest, the regional, email newsletter that keeps a great focus on Northwest maritime events, issues and information. Look for more information about the interesting and helpful presentation that Deborah will offer us. And, if you look over Three Sheets NW when reading this article and you enjoy what it offers, why not subscribe, it’s free.)

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Fourth Of July Wishes And A Couple Of Dishes From Vivian And Marilyn

Hi Gals,

The Fourth of July is upon us and it’s going to be great on-the-water weather. Vivian and her husband, Roland, plan to enjoy the fireworks from their 42′ Maxim on Lake Washington. Her husband is president of their condo marina board so they are active there. Vivian is an inspired cook so I’m sure they will have great food around.

Marilyn and her husband live aboard a 42′ Chris Commander in the middle of the fire works action on Lake Union. The trick is to stock up a day ahead and then never leave your parking spot on the 4th. Lake Union is like a bowl around which much of the city descends. The dock is one big party. Marilyn plans to make a couple of Indian dishes, her grandma’s amazing potato salad and then relax.

Vivian’s recipe is a blast from the past. Her mother used to make Tomato Aspic which, if memory serves, gained popularity in the 1950′s. I wonder how many of you had it growing up and still make it? The idea of cutting it into chunks to serve with vegetables would add an interesting taste and texture to the hors d oeuvre platter.

Tomato Aspic
Makes about 2 cups or 4 servings

1 pck. (4-serving size) JELL-0 Brand Lemon or Orange Flavor Gelatin
1 cup boiling tomato juice or vegetable juice cocktail
2/3 cup cold tomato juice or vegetable juice cocktail
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 to 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
1/2 teaspoon onion powder (optional)

Dissolve gelatin in boiling tomato juice. Add cold tomato juice, lemon juice, horseradish and onion powder. Pour into 9×5 or 8×4-inch pan or 2 cup mold. Chill until firm, about 4 hours. Cut into 1-inch cubes and serve as a snack with celery stalks, or serve on tossed salad, if desired.

Marilyn’s recipe is from her maternal grandmother and makes it hard to ever make another type of potato salad. It makes enough for a crowd and has been a creamy family favorite for years. The tricks are the finely chopped onions and the whip cream.

Ruth Allen’s Potato Salad

1 - 5 lb. bag of Russet potatoes
2 teaspoons of salt (for boiling potatoes)
1 large sweet onion, chopped very fine
8 large eggs, hard-boiled
2 cups of Best Foods Mayonnaise
½ cup of cider vinegar
¼ cup of whipping cream (not whipped)
2 teaspoons of salt (start with 1 teaspoon and add to taste)

Boil eggs, peel and place them in the refrigerator to cool.

Bring 9 cups of water to a boil with 2 teaspoons salt.
While heating water, peel all the potatoes and cut them for boiling.
Add the potatoes to enough of the boiling water to cover and keep them boiling uncovered for around 15 minutes (a potato chunk should break easily in two when cut with a spoon.)Drain the potatoes and allow them to cool, ideally in the refrigerator.

In a very large bowl, slice the potatoes and eggs, mixing chunks together (the potatoes may be a little flaky.) Add the finely chopped onion, 2 cups of Best Foods Mayonnaise; slightly mix the mayonnaise into the ingredients. Add ¼ cup of whipping cream and continue mixing. When the potatoes and eggs are coated, add ½ cup cider vinegar and the salt. Mix well. It’s very creamy. It gets even better after sitting for a bit in the refrigerator.

We wish you a relaxed and enjoyable Fourth of July!

Marilyn and Vivian

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A Safety Reminder From the Coast Guard

What does the Coast Guard say?

Be safe over Independence Day.

Editor’s Note: All statistics are from the 2013 Recreational Boating report.

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to be safe over the Fourth of July weekend.

The Fourth of July weekend should be a fun time for families and friends on the waterways of the Pacific Northwest; however, the Coast Guard would like to remind everyone to:


  • Wear a lifejacket. There were 328 deaths across the nation because boaters were not wearing lifejackets.
  • Dress for the water temperature, not the air. While the weather may be nice and air temperatures warm, the water is still cold enough to cause hypothermia. In about 10 to 15 minutes, boaters exposed to cold water may have deteriorated strength and may not be able to pull themselves back into their vessel. Children and smaller adults will succumb more rapidly to exposure to cold water.
  • Create a float plan and give it to someone at home. A float plan allows family and friends to know the important Ws: where you’re going, when you’ll be back, and whom you’ll be with. It’s also important to stick to the plan and let them know if it changes.
  • Have a working VHF-FM radio onboard your vessel. The broadcast channel for distress is channel 16, and the Coast Guard can always be reached on that frequency. Remember, that channel is only for emergencies and should never be used as a toy or for making hoax calls.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings. There were 567 accidents in 2013 because of operator inattention, resulting 57 deaths.


  • Drink and boat. 236 boating accidents and 75 deaths occurred because of boaters under the influence of alcohol.
  • Use your flares as fireworks. A flare signals distress, to which the Coast Guard responds with urgency and vigilance. Setting off a flare when not in distress can interfere with legitimate search and rescue cases and could place responders at risk.


  • Nationally in 2013, the month of July had the highest number of boating incidents throughout the entire year, with 920 accidents and 83 fatalities.
  • A majority of boating incidents happened in rivers, lakes and ponds.
  • There were 349 deaths on days with clear visibility and 253 deaths in calm waters.

For more information on vessel safety, please visit: http://www.uscgboating.org/.

Office: (206) 220-7237

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CWB Boat Project Expanding Opportunity for Folks To Enjoy The Water – You Can Help

Elsie Hulsizer has shared news about an exciting project ongoing at the Center For Wooden Boats (CWB). CWB has been renovating its fleet of much-loved and much-used Blanchard Junior Knockabouts. To increase the number of boats available to the public from this historic fleet, CWB has come up with a modern technique: a crowd sourcing campaign using the indiegogo website to raise $16,000 to renovate their red Blanchard.

Check out their campaign, called “It’s a Hard Knockabout Life for a Boat,”, https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/it-s-a-hard-knockabout-life-for-a-boat. The site includes some interesting videos of the restoration process. The best thing about a crowd-source campaign is you can contribute what ever amount you can afford from $5 on up. Whatever you contribute counts because it’s part of a community effort.

CWB Project

CWB has the largest fleet of Blanchard Junior Knockabouts in the country. These boats are the most hardworking members of their collection and have been used to teach thousands of people to sail on Lake Union.

You can help them put another Blanchard Junior Knockabout back into their fleet!

(Note from Marilyn: My neighbor volunteers at CWB scheduling folks for the free boat rides, they are extremely popular. I see them go by all the time and appreciate the fact that there is an opportunity for folks who don’t/can’t own a boat to feel some of what we all get to feel out there on the water. This chance to get out on our beautiful waters will inevitably help develop the passion, in some, to become boaters themselves.)

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