Spring Rendezvous anyone???

posted Saturday, March 09, 2013 by | no responses |


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)  juli@tallino.com.  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.




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