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Derelict Boats Removed by DNR

“Two derelict boats that have long resided at our dock were removed for disposal under the Derelict Vessel Removal Program that is part of the State of Washington’s Department of Natural Resources.  The Coyle Community Club took all necessary steps to assume ownership of the abandoned boats and make the necessary contacts to the State offices.  A precedent has been set for how the Club will address such problems if they occur again in the future.  Please don’t let this happen to you.”

Washington, with its boating culture is full of abandoned boats that expensive to fix, and even more expensive to scuttle.
First of all, rotten wood is worthless. Big metal boats are worse. They’re often sprayed with asbestos. They can be full of lead paint and other hazards, too. Because of stringent environmental regulations, there are just a handful of places in the state where you can legally dismantle them. “It’s going to cost you more to get rid of than it’s worth,” Ferris said. From Seattle Times, 2012.

Expect even more of a liability if your boat sinks, creating an oil spill. Several years ago, a vessel sank in our harbor creating a huge fuel leak that closed our harbor and took three environmental agencies over a week to clean it up. The bill was over $27,000… A good reminder to keep an eye on your bilge pump during El Nino winters like this has been.

Thank you Dennis Schmitt – not only for  the long process it took to make this happen, but for hauling your heavy gas-powered bilge pump to the harbor on many many cold, wet and windy days this Winter to keep these boats from sinking.

PS – Bail it or haul it. Bailing your boat is YOUR responsibility. It is not a service included in your dock fee.

boat removal day


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Work Party Spiffs up the Dock

Yesterday’s work party worked so hard they didn’t have time to take pictures – so I went down today and snapped some photos of a very snappy looking dock area – Thank you everyone for your hard work

Chris reports:Work accomplished:
Weedwacking, pruning, weeding, sweeping and general clean-up of Birch Street/ Parking Area.

Removal of roofing paper and nails from floating ramp to allow access to ramp boards; securing ramp boards with stainless steel screws to eliminate “bowing” and unevenness.

Temporary repair of rotted area of ramp.
Applying red paint to all 145 cleats on dock and ramp to improve visibility to pedestrians.

Inauguration of new Picnic Table with lunch provided and served by Ann and Kathryn Webster.
Removal of debris by Dennis Schmitt.

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All our Stars Are Gone … :(


Love em or hate em, we’re used to seeing a rainbow array of starfish in our harbor and now they are ALL gone.

I just rowed out to the spit to confirm reports that a starfish wasting disease is rapidly wiping out the entire population of starfish in the coastal Pacific Northwest. This is a picture I took just inside the spit in late January when the harbor was teeming with starfish, nudibrancs and sea cucumbers – right about when the PBS report below was released. Today I didn’t see a single one .

This particular outbreak started on the Olympic Peninsula and rapidly spread up and down the coast.

Seems that higher water temps were responsible for this massive star-i-cide in past years on other coasts, and they eventually came back. But factors make scientists skeptical that they will recover anytime soon from this latest cull – if at all.

Disease-bearing shellfish may play a part in it, according to a U.C. Santa Barbara study reported on PBS. A tank of Starfish feeding on wild mussels got sick. The tank eating frozen squid did not.

How can you help? Researchers are interested in any observations or photos you may have.

Whatever the reason, I will miss these colorful creatures, even if they do eat our shellfish. In fact, after watching this flesh eating disease turn a sea star into goo, I’ve suddenly lost my appetite for Bouillabaise.

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Make a Splash!!

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Are you coming??

(link will open an email to us, just tell us you’re coming
and we’ll 
 throw another couple of dogs on the barbie for you)


Want to keep up with ALL the goings on??

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2- Once you have your account, go to our Facebook page (by clicking on the link below)

 and click the “LIKE” button – that’s it!


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Shrimping Season is Half Over!


On this, the third day of shrimping season, I can already hear the buzzing of the fleet….waterborne warriors who risk it all in pursuit of the elusive Hood Canal Spot Prawn.

The limited shrimping season started last Saturday – on a blustery day that was pouring down rain (and the Kentucky Derby was on) but some brave soldiers who didn’t have to buck the harbor entrance were out.

“We have slightly lower quotas than last year in Hood Canal and Discovery Bay, which are traditionally popular areas,” O’Toole (Dept of Fish and Wildlife Shrimping) said. “We will reopen the areas later if sufficient quota remains.

Also known as prawns, spot shrimp are the largest shrimp in Puget Sound and may grow up to nine inches in length. In all areas of Puget Sound, fishers are limited to 80 spot shrimp per day. A valid 2014-15 fishing license is required to participate in the fishery.

10308201_708039279239840_6752723023170823047_nFresh caught Hood Canal Spot Prawns go for $30/lb at the Hamma Hamma Oyster Co. in Lilliwaup,  but they’re currently sold out. THe other option is to wait on the community dock and try to bribe someone coming in with a haul!

The second day of shrimping, May 7th proved to be much sunnier, and Shrimpfest posted a picture of some beauties! Today is shaping up to be a great day. Check the tide table on the right hand sidebar for getting in and out of the harbor. We figure a +5 tide plus whatever your boat draws (depth from waterline to the bottom of your boat) should give you enough to squeak through.

And even when shrimping seasons over, the fun’s just beginning at Brinnon’s annual SHRIMPFEST, May 24th and 25th (Memorial Day Weekend)

Catch the music, the food, and fun at this annual tribal ritual celebrating the hunt of the elusive Hood Canal Prawn. Don’t miss the legendary Belt Sander Race as people from near and far take on “The Devil”, a name that inspires fear in power tools everywhere.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Open May 3, 7, 10 and 21, 2014, with 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. fishing hours.

Additional dates and times will be announced if sufficient quota remains.

Last Updated: May 2, 2014


(click image to watch True Grit take on The Devil)


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How to tie a Cleat Hitch

Go down the dock and you’ll see every sort of cleat hitch from the right way….cleat

….to, well…something else.

cleat hitch

Here’s the correct and easy way to tie a dock cleat – It’ll keep your boat secure while you’re moored and be easy to cast off when you’re ready to go. When you’re done, the tail will be following the direction of the incoming line.







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How to Use a Spring Line

When’s the last time you checked your spring line? If your boat is properly sprung (tied so it does not move forward) your bow (or stern) should not touch the dock when you move it toward the central walkway of the dock. If it isn’t, you’re not only wrecking the dock, you’re wrecking your boat.


If you see markings on the dock that were made by  your boat, your spring line isn’t tied tight enough to keep  your boat from bashing into the dock.
Once you tie up, check your spring – Move the boat forward (or aft if you backed in) and make sure your boat doesn’t touch the dock. If your bow doesn’t move forward enough to hit the dock , but angles in toward the dock corner, your stern line needs to be tighter.
On our dock, a spring line should go from the aft dock cleat (or forward dock cleat if you backed in) to beyond the middle of the boat..


The Golden Rules for Mooring Lines
1. Spring Lines should have no slack
2. A Spring Line should not be more than 450 from horizontal

Your stern line will keep the stern from drifting away from the dock, but shouldn’t be as tight as your spring line. Keep just enough slack in bow and stern lines to give the boat some play in case of a boat wake or heavy winds. Otherwise it will chafe your boat and the dock – even with fenders.

There are other ways to tie up to a dock, but this set up works best for our unique situation

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Seabeck Marina Update

How many of you  remember when a quart of milk, a tank of gas, fish bait and a video was more accessible by boat than by car? In about 15 minutes, a 5 foot tide and a 35 hp outboard could get you to the quaint little Seabeck Marina, complete with gas dock, bait shop, Turie’s Seabeck Espresso, Seabeck Landing General Store, and Barbie’s Seabeck Bay Cafe.


6 or 7 years ago,  the docks were condemned and the marina closed – taking away the only destination you could get to and back before the tides shut you out of Fisherman Harbor~!
The new marina, Olympic View Marina is slated to open sometime soon…well, sometime, anyway – hopefully in our lifetime. What’s taking so long?   Bureaucratic red tape, investors coming and going,  mobs with burning pitchforks  and money – lots and lots of it – coming out of the pockets of the developers Boyer Halvorsen and Will Clark – who are working  on the project themselves. The entire project was estimated at about 4.5 million. the floats alone would cost $1.5 million.
To add to the challenge, there are  “fish windows” during which all construction must cease.


Thankfully, equipment isn’t a problem. Boyer Halvorsen owns  Boyer Towing, a major marine towing, barging, freight and construction company serving Washington and Alaska The encouraging news is that the new pilings have gone in and as you can see, they look dandy! But progress is slow

0b4585a8b682c2c39f90803822be156fThe latest word from Kitsap Sun reporter Brynn Grimley is that they are coming up on some deadlines for their permits and that they hoped to have at least guest moorage in that could start bringing in some revenue.
According to Seabeck General Store,  there is currently a walkway and pier in place with rumors that a ramp and at least one dock will be on the water by next month (September) but as she said, “I’ll believe it when I see it”
Meanwhile… Be kind to our dock and  appreciate its value – we’re lucky to have it!!

PS. A phone call to Seabeck Pizza can still get you  a pizza- maybe not the best you’ve ever had, but the best you’ve ever had delivered by boat to your kayak, your favorite fishing hole,  or the Coyle Community dock by the red and white  Seabeck Pizza boat…(when it’s not hauled out for repairs).


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My How We’ve Changed

Lots of folks remember when the way out of the harbor at low tide was to hug the west shore and follow along the inside of the spit.

Here’s a dramatic view of how the spit and the ingress/egress has changed over the years 1977, 1992, 2000, 2006. From Washington State Coastal Atlas

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