NWWB Meeting Mon. May 20th BREAKDOWNS ON THE WATER With Doug Benjamin of Tow Boat Seattle

Hey Gals,

Next Monday’s program is by an enthusiastic guy, Capt. Doug Benjamin, owner of Tow Boat Seattle, on a subject that we boaters should be eager to and would be wise to learn as much about as possible BREAKDOWNS ON THE WATER! Doug is looking forward to educating you about these subjects and more:

What causes breakdowns

Things to do if your boat breaks down

Safety things to keep in mind

How to deal with towing services

Doug and Tow Boat Seattle

Doug has boated from his childhood on the Columbia. He has managed a marina and operated a mobile pump out. He owns a 36’ Grand Banks and a 22’ Sea Ray. Seeing the need for more towing services in the area, he got his Captain’s license and opened Tow Boat Seattle in 2017. They operate primarily in Lake Washington, Lake Union and Central Puget Sound areas and offer various vessel assist services such as distressed vessel towing, scheduled tow, fuel delivery, jump starts, soft ungrounding and more. A creative and safety minded guy, Doug added “pre BUI” services recently. If you have partied a bit much, you can call him and for a reduced fee they will tow your boat back home and for a very reduced fee they will captain your boat home.

Date and Time: Monday, May 20th 7pm to 9pm.

Location: 1900 N. Northlake Way in the Northwest Marine Trade Association conference room. The offices are across the courtyard in back of Fisheries Supply, on the second floor.

Parking: Ample parking is available in the parking lot at Fisheries

Wine and munchies will be welcomed and enjoyed as usual for socializing after the presentation.

Questions: Contact Vivian and Marilyn at nwwbviv@gmail.com

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Northwest Paddling Festival May 10-11

Soak in the sunshine at Lake Sammamish State Park Friday and Saturday for the largest paddle sports event in the Pacific Northwest!

Click here for more information

This FREE event features more than 300 kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards on display from nearly 100 brands. You can try them all on the water for just $10/day!

Plus, don’t miss: 


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NWWB Note: Correction – Navigation Class Confusion, It Begins Again in the Fall.

Well, life isn’t perfect. There was obviously confusion surrounding the recent post you received about Linda Lewis’ U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Navigation Class. Her next class will begin in the fall. If you are planning to take it, though, you could let her know in advance as they fill up fast.

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NWWB Note: Volunteers Sought for Lake Union Drydock Centennial Celebration Main Event at CWB

Hey Gals,

Let’s face it, we pull off the Knot-A-Boat booth at the boat show so obviously we are a group of take-charge kind of gals who enjoy nautically-focused events! Here’s a fun way to help out at an important maritime event. Member Diane Lander is asking for volunteers to help at a reception for which she is in charge.

Saturday, April 27th, at the new Center for Wooden Boats facility, there is a reception for the Lake Union Drydock Centennial Celebration. Link to Lake Union Drydock Centennial Celebration website

The LUDD Centennial is an exciting event, but the company is a little overwhelmed by the 600 RSVPs received, and is putting out the call to get all hands on deck! The three main tasks will be

1. Directing people,

2. Answering questions,

3. Helping serve Ivar’s Clam Chowder.

Diane and the website will help you to know where to direct and what to answer :- )  Why not dive in and put yourself out there.

If you can help, it’s important that you send an email ASAP to Diane Lander  dianelander@outlook.com and let her know you are coming. You can also email Diane with questions.

If you would enjoy this opportunity, volunteers will need to show up at Center for Wooden Boats on Saturday, April 27th at 11 AM and be ready to volunteer for up to 3 hours.

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NWWB Meeting Mon. April 15th Pacific Marine Research – RSVP appreciated not required for meeting and for Anthony’s before meeting

As regional boaters it’s important that we act as stewards of Puget Sound. Toward that goal, it’s important to look beyond the surface; to understand the body of water more intimately increasing our awareness of the wonders of this amazing but delicate ecosystem. Our NWWB meeting on April 15th is an opportunity to “look inside” the ecosystem of Puget Sound and learn how our daily actions can help protect this magnificent, resource that we all share. From viewing plankton through microscopes to meeting some of our slimy, squishy underwater neighbors, this meeting will be informative and fun.

NWWB member, Juli Tallino, is a naturalist/instructor with Pacific Marine Research, a non-profit based onboard the 70′, Spirit of 76 moored at Bell Harbor Marina. She works with the program educating school children in day-long excursions offering basically ‘marine science afloat’.  Juli has arranged for our April 15th meeting to be held on the boat (we’ll stay at the dock) and to let us experience a mini version of the trainings offered to school children.

And, here’s an idea, gals:

Anthony’s Restaurant is right there and they have a great happy hour. Arrive early and connect with other gals before the meeting. To get on the boat for the meeting, you’ll meet Juli at the gate to Bell Harbor Marina at 7pm. The marina has a gate code, so she’ll have to let us in. If you arrive later  you can call Juli at (206)291-6088  to get in.

Wine and nibbles are welcome and enjoyed like a normal meeting.

Date and Time: Monday, April 15th 7pm to 9pm. Meet Juli Tallino at the gate to the marina at 7pm.

Location: Bell Harbor Marina on Seattle’s waterfront (2203 Alaskan Way) Onboard the Spirit of 76.

Parking: There is parking available in the Bell Street Pier Garage off Wall St. (Location: 9 Wall St.)  Park on the upper level near the walking bridge over Alaskan Way.

Wine and munchies are welcome as usual.

Questions: Contact Vivian and Marilyn at nwwbviv@gmail.com

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NWWB Meeting Mon. March 18th – Be Inspired By a ‘Dream Chaser’, Sarah Scott Shares Her Impressive Path to Becoming the First Black Woman to Solo Circumnavigate.

We can all use some inspiration as we head into this year and a new boating season.

Northwest Women in Boating is about inspiring women and 36-year-old Sarah Scott’s story will do just that. What gave this woman the tenacity to take on the challenges of skills completely foreign to her – buying and refitting a boat and learning to sail? What sparked her very ambitious dream – circumnavigating solo? Sarah Scott’s story is one that transcends activities on the water. She’s dynamic and you will love the tales about her progress forward. She is actively refitting a 1969 Rawson 30 and planning to circumnavigate Vancouver Island next August. She will bring stories and lots of pictures for you to enjoy.

From a December article in 48 North magazine… “My learning curve was steep. I proceeded to do countless projects on the boat, each of which required learning how to do it first: new systems, new head, new plumbing, new Kiwi Grip. I did almost all of these projects by myself. I also taught myself the theory of how to read a sextant and I felt I understood it perfectly, though I didn’t have the horizon to try it yet. I single-handed all around Puget Sound, to Blake Island and Poulsbo, and eventually across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A year later, I got a job at Fisheries Supply in Fremont; and over the course of thirty months I worked my way up from cashier to Sailboat Specialist. I was officially hooked!”

Sarah is a Kirkland native with no boats in her background. She’s a published writer with an MFA. She’s an active feminist with a personal focus on the effects of racism. She has a passionate hope her goal will inspire women, especially young black women, to pursue their dreams.

Date: Monday March 18th

Time: 7:00pm – till 9:00 pm or so (Hors d oeuvres, snacks, wine, etc. are welcomed but not required. We enjoy socializing after the presentation.)

Location: 1900 N Northlake Way, #233 Seattle, WA 98103 (Behind Fisheries Supply)

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NWWB Note: In-Depth Navigation Class with Capt. Linda Lewis

Time to put the shovel away and learn how to navigate with Capt. Linda Lewis!

An in-depth NAVIGATION course starts on TUESDAY MARCH 5, 2019 in the Shoreline WA area and runs for nine weeks. This USCG Auxiliary course is taught by volunteer Capt. Linda Lewis and includes:

How to read a chart and enter routes – using today’s electronic charts

Understanding and working with currents and tides

Identifying aids to navigation

Learning how to use your radar



And more…

Click the link below then scroll down to “THE WEEKEND NAVIGATOR” to see the entire class schedule and to register online:  https://edmondscoastguardaux.com/boater-education-classes; $165 for partners sharing materials.)

We always end up with a waiting list, so act now if you are interested. ($115 per person

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