Gig HarborJill Guernsey

The Boater-Friendly Destination

Boaters visiting historic Gig Harbor will be rewarded with one of the most extensive and sheltered anchorages in Puget Sound filled with a vibrant array of watercraft and a lively downtown shoreline dense with marinas, docks and boats. Visiting boaters have a choice of dropping anchor, reserving moorage at Arabella’s Landing Marina or tying up at Jerisich Dock where power and water will be added this summer.

The community of downtown Gig Harbor welcomes boaters to visit their pedestrian-friendly streets filled with a pleasant mix of coffee bars, cafes, restaurants and shops. It’s a pleasure to provision at the new Harbor General Store which provides groceries, wine, a deli and espresso, as well as ice!  Ship to Shore is an excellent full-service marine chandlery that has seen its business explode since expanding three years ago. Devoted Kiss (near Anthony’s Shorline Restaurant) and Net Shed #9 both offer unique and delicious breakfast and lunch menus. 

The good news is that Pierce Transit offers a convenient trolley service from Gig Harbor’s downtown waterfront to the Uptown shopping area. This efficient service runs from June through Labor Day.

The new and colorful Waterfront Farmers Market launched on June 4th this summer operated at Skansie Park each Thursday between 3 pm and 7pm through September. Keep that in mind for next season. With a mission to bring fresh foods and high quality products to Gig Harbor from local farmers, vendors and producers, the market will join the Downtown Waterfront Alliance's existing Thursday Night Out event that encourages visitors to shop and dine downtown. New in summer 2015 is Bella Kitchen & Home, a store for people (including boaters) who are passionate about cooking and entertaining.  

Free outdoor concerts and cinema in the park fill summer nights on the waterfront with music and entertainment. Dozens of festivals and events take place throughout the year as well as guided history walks. The Harbor History Museum operates a state of the art facility which reveals the story of the Native Americans, Croatian fishermen, Scandinavian farmers and Civil War veterans who settled here.

Find out more at the Visitor Information Center at the historic Skansie House, 3207 Harborview Drive, and www.gigharborguide.com.

Photo by Mike Martin  

Article is provided by Jill Guernsey Mayor, City of Gig Harbor

 

Mediterranean Shakedown: A Summer Cruise in Spain

Mediterranean ShakedownBy Sheryl and Paul Shard

This summer my husband, Paul, and I bought our fourth offshore cruising boat, a new Southerly 480 built by Discovery Yachts in the UK. It’s a unique boat with a retractable variable-draft swing keel giving you the option of sailing with a deep draft of 3.1 metres when the keel is down or just less than a metre with the keel fully retracted. Southerly Yachts are great for bluewater sailing and also for gunkholing in shallow creeks and inland waterways. You can even dry them out at low tide so they are is the perfect boat for the type of exploring we like to do. Our new boat, Distant Shores III, is the third Southerly Yacht that we’ve owned over 29 years of international cruising to destinations in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Middle East, UK, Scandinavia and South America. This boat we plan to sail to the South Pacific.

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Beneteau Antares 27

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You have to love it when something exceeds your expectations on so many levels; the new Antares 27 from Beneteau looks to me like that sort of all-around overachiever.

This is a brand new express cruiser design. With twin Mercury 200 V6 outboards, it delivers impressive performance, a reassuring and comfortable ride, and a level of versatility that will enable this boat to be your vacation partner for all sorts of adventures.

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Hanse 388

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The Hanse group produced their second most popular boat of all time with the Hanse 385. The trick was to build on that winning formula when they upgraded to the Hanse 388, which they have done in spades. The German build quality is first rate and true to the Hanse tradition. Leaving the hull the same with a steep stern and straight stem for an optimal long water line, they went with a slightly stiffer, heavier displacement, new deck, interior layout and window line. Hanse’s highly experienced yacht construction team, judel/vrolijk & co., have combined ease of sailing, comfort and performance into the newly designed Hanse 388.

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Ask Andrew: Electrical Installations – Part 1: Electrical Connections - basics and how-to’s

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