Skippering opportunity June 24-25 onboard a Cal 25 Ballard to Pt. Ludlow

The Northwest Women in Boating blog has a page for  letting other members know you are seeking crew or would like crewing opportunities. Member Kathy Pelish has a need for a skipper on an interesting trip. Check it out in the comments sections of the page.

Feel free to add your own comment about a desire to crew or a need you have for crew. Click on this link.

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Time to kill before a meeting? Consider Ivar’s Salmon House

If you ever come early to an NWWB meeting wanting to grab something to eat or drink before hand, a suggestion has been made that you head to the bar at Ivar’s Salmon House just down the street (no commercial endorsement intended). They do, though, have a great Happy Hour. The idea suggested is that you tell the bartender when you arrive that you are with Northwest Women in Boating and that if any other members arrive point them in your direction, or point you in the direction of any others who have arrived earlier.  It’s a pleasant location and possibly a chance to get to know others in the group a little better.


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Using Tablets & Smartphones as Navigation Back-up Tools

Linda with iPad on boat

Capt. Linda Lewis will demo you through the easiest-to-use navigation apps and mention several others (for iPad & Android). She’ll also review the pros and cons of using tablets/smartphones.

The U.S. govt. is no longer printing paper charts. Of course, you can still buy them from commercial vendors, but it’s another signal of the dominance of the electronic age. Today, dedicated marine chartplotters (the newest have vastly improved user interfaces) and computer-based navigation are important as your PRIMARY tools of navigation. But you ALWAYS need a back-up. For some, that will be paper charts; for others: tablets and smartphones – as BACK-UPS.

Linda holds a USCG 100 Ton Master’s License, teaches boat handling on your boat (, and, as a USCG Auxiliary volunteer, teaches a 10-week Navigation course for the public that includes traditional paper charting skills and the use of the latest navigation electronics.

Please RSVP at if you plan on attending and tell your boat-loving gal friends. Come and enjoy the evening.

Meeting Date: Monday, May 18th, 2015

Time: 7:00pm – till 9:00 pm or so

Hors d oeuvres, snacks, wine, etc. are welcomed even at this meeting  but not required. We enjoy socializing after the presentation.

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)

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National Weather Service Seattle Offices Tour Was Educational And Enjoyed

The field trip on Tuesday to the National Weather Service offices in Seattle was a hit. The gals attending enjoyed it and learned about the interesting and plentiful resources that are available for understanding weather. On her Facebook page, Kathy Pelish placed an array of pictures of what they saw. Below is a link.

Link to pictures

Side note: The tour of their resources is available to small groups and may be interesting to some of you in other boating organizations or those who might like to gather together 6 or so gals and arrange to enjoy the tour.

Contact Naeemah ‘Ni” Cushmeer, Senior Meteorologist 206-526-6095 the website is

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Tour and overview of Natl. Weather Service Seattle Marine Program – Special field trip for the first 12 to sign up

Knowledge of weather and how it’s forecasted is critical to boaters and interesting to many of us. Northwest Women in Boating has arranged a special field trip (separate from our monthly meeting) for the first 12 gals who sign up. Sorry, ONLY 12 can be allowed for this event due to restrictions in the NOAA offices. (If more contact us, they will go on a waiting list to fill any cancellations.)

On Tuesday, May 5th at 5pm (you cannot arrive later than 5pm or you won’t be admitted) you will enjoy a tour in the NOAA offices (7600 Sand Point Way, in Seattle) that will focus on the types of services the National Weather Service provides. There will be an overview of the National Weather Service Seattle marine program. The attendees will also see what their forecast operations looks like.

We know those attending will learn and enjoy this unique opportunity. Be one of the first to sign up, email right away and if you’re in you’ll get a confirmation.

If you are part of the 12 who are going, it’s critical that you follow the instructions below or you won’t be admitted once there.

They will need to know if you are a non-U.S. citizen, so let us know if that is the case. If yes, you will need to fill out a special form. The campus security will need all of this information. Everyone will need to bring a valid government issued I.D. (e.g. driver’s license or passport). Please note that weapons are not allowed on campus. Campus security does conduct random vehicle searches.

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Halibut, Ling Cod, or Salmon Fishing Trip from All Season Charters from Groupon

Just thought I’d pass along the link to this unusual Groupon deal for those interested in fishing or who know someone who’d like to get out there.

Halibut, Ling Cod, or Salmon Fishing Trip from All Season Charters (Up to 49% Off)

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Coast Guard issues temporary zones, regulated navigation area around Arctic drilling and support vessels in Puget Sound from April 15 through June 30.

“The Coast Guard 13th District commander, working in conjunction with the Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound captain of the port, has established temporary safety zones and a Voluntary First Amendment Area associated with Arctic drilling and support vessels in Puget Sound from April 15 through June 30.

The zones are necessary to allow maximum use of the waterway by all users consistent with safe navigation and to ensure special interest groups and other mariners are not injured by deep-draft and support vessels with maneuvering characteristics with which they may be unfamiliar…”

Read the rest of the press release at the following link.

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