Archive for March, 2013


Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Local maritime historian Mark Freeman has posted a new entry to his blog.

A new addition to the website, The Bosun’s Locker

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

While chatting with a fellow RTA member, the idea of having a place on the website where we could have a list of RTA member recommended craftsmen and vendors came up.  So we created a page on the website called the Bosun’s Locker, where members could post their recommendations for the benefit of other boat owners.

To share your wisdom and experience with others, send an email to and we will post them on the site.  This will not be a place for people to advertise their own services or wares, we have a classifieds section for that, this will be a place where we can get first hand accounts from actual customers.

If anyone else has ideas for the website, news etc.  Please let us know.  Any member can submit a news item or story.



Spring Rendezvous anyone???

Saturday, March 9th, 2013


Otto Loggers at the Northwest Seaport has been helping me work with the folks at the Center for Wooden Boats to reserve dock space for an RTA Spring Rendezvous.  The docks  are available the last weekend in April. ( April 26th -28th.)   The park has a visiting vessel program that gives  a discount on moorage if the  boat is open for public tours, the discounted fee is $25 a day.  The catch is that the City of Seattle and the Center for Wooden Boats require any vessel that participates in this program to have  liability insurance.   A lot of liability insurance.   Otherwise  moorage is around $1.20 a ft.  I’ve been trying to organize a rendezvous here for a couple of years, it’s a great location right in the city and right next to the new MOHAI building.  I’m not sure what kind of insurance folks have on their tugs, the amount of insurance seems to be geared more towards commercial charter vessels.  I’m guessing that’s why you don’t see many boats on those “public” dock walls other than commercial charter boats or boats hosted by the Center for Wooden Boats.  But after all the work and planning done by Otto and me, I figured I’d throw it out there and see if anyone wanted to give it a go.

If anyone is interested in doing this event, please let me know by emailing Juli Tallino (Tug Iver)  If we have at least two boats I will reserve the space.   If anyone else has an idea for a spring or summer rendezvous location, please let us know.  Anyone can organize a rendezvous.  It could even be a raft up in a nice bay.



Here are the insurance requirements for South Lake Union:

Baseline Requirements for Participation in the Visiting Vessel Program

Boats participating in the Visiting Vessel Program at the Historic Ships Wharf will be required to meet the following baseline criteria to ensure the safety, upkeep and a quality experience for the public.


Vessel use that is non-transient moorage authorized by CWB to berth at a wharf shall be required to provide current evidence of insurance as follows:

For large vessels of 100 Gross Tonnage or higher, Protection & Indemnity (P&I) insurance and Bumbershoot insurance as necessary with a minimum limit of liability of $5,000,000.

For smaller vessels under 100 Gross Tonnage, P&I or Watercraft Liability insurance with a minimum limit of liability of $1,000,000. Insurance is not required for watercraft of less than 26 feet in length.

Such insurance shall include “the City of Seattle” and “the Center for Wooden Boats” as additional insureds for primary and non-contributory limits of liability.  Copies of certification shall be mailed to DPR.




Tugboat Art

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Have you always wanted a tug but just don’t want to pay for moorage or upkeep? Artist Mark Wilkinson of Plunger Cove Studio will build you the tug of your dreams, send him a photo and he’ll create a beautiful artistic rendition of that boat.   Maybe you or someone you know used to work on a particular tug, even if that tug is no longer afloat, Mark can recreate that special boat.

The Tug Ivanhoe - photo courtesy of Plunger Cove Studio

Ocean Gordon of Mercury Tug and Barge - photo courtesy of Plunger Cove Studio

Mark also creates what he calls “whimsical watercraft” sculpting little tugs and work boats from scraps of wood, rusty nails and other found materials. His technique gives his boats a true vintage workboat feel, like they’ve been towing logs and pushing barges for many years.

Roamer - photo courtesy of Plunger Cove Studio

Plunger Cove Studio can be found at the Granville Island Market in Vancouver, B.C. and at various art shows in the area. Mark has a real passion for tugs and it shows in his artwork.  Check out his website and facebook page for more info and photos.

Mark Wilkinson at his booth at the Granville Island Market - photo by Juliann Tallino