Concerning Vessel Exams
Because of the current COVID-19 environment, the Deception Pass Sail and Power Squadron (DPSPS) vessel safety examiners are not providing vessel safety checks at this time to the local boating community. But we still want to help people be safe on the water.
Therefore, we have produced a condensed listing of the major safety items that a boater should have on their vessel, besides a good sound hull. The US Coast Guard may want to check other items that are not listed here if they were to board your vessel at sea. This could include the vessel registration or documentation, pollution placards, marine heads, etc.
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Whidbey Island residents have grown accustomed to, and some actually
appreciate, the limited access to their island. It’s a bit of a journey to the mainland, either via the
south end by ferry, the Coupeville ferry to Port
Townsend or north through neighboring Fidalgo Island and the famed Deception
Pass Bridge, but that just seems to add to the charm and perception of Whidbey as a get-away. But that charm could quickly fade in
the event of a manmade or natural disaster such as high winds, or an earthquake that
may damage the island’s bridge or highways, limiting ability to get off or on the island, transport food, fuel and supplies to the island, or get people to the medical attention they need. Click to continue reading the article that Bill Coltrin & Jennifer Geller wrote for The Virtual DEM Expo and Whidbey News Times.
The 13th coast guard district has implemented a new system to assist mariners in distress on the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Please read the attachment carefully and follow the instructions to implement the new procedure on your vessel.
Marine Closures updates
Waggoner Cruising Guide as of June 10, 2020
Northwest Boat Info: Marinas, San Juan Islands
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