Creative photos and essays from the San Juan Islands


Water taxi

Water taxi

Here’s another (see the last post below) enterprise I would have liked to engage in…a water taxi/sightseeing tour boat for Friday Harbor. It always seemed odd that for most of the 42 years I’ve lived here, there hasn’t been a way, other than the ferry, to get out on the water to see the area from that perspective. Now that problem has evaporated with Mike Close operating a boat and kayak rental business on the waterfront. He even has a Duffy electric launch for rent, a quiet, pleasant way to see the harbor.

One trip to Victoria, I looked up the owner of the fleet of boats over there and found I could buy a turn-key brand new boat for $55,000 with a fiberglass hull and little bullet-proof Yanmar diesel engine. That would be a fun way to meet people in the summer and pay for my retirement!

PS: These cute little boats were designed by Jay Benford, a world renowned naval architect, who used to live and work on San Juan Island. Odd, the things one remembers about people met decades ago. The one clear memory I have of Jay Benford was how fast he drove us in his VW bus from Gull Cove where he lived to Friday Harbor. I believe we were doing around 70mph most of the way! (The speed limit has always been 45mph on San Juan Island!)


3 responses

  1. lorimac242012

    With each post you post, you remind me more of our son, Dustin. Like you, he has more ideas rolling around in his head than he could ever use in a lifetime. But dreaming is fun and keeps us young, eh. BTW, our daughter’s father-in-law pilots one of those Victoria harbor tour boats for a few months each summer and uses his earnings to travel in the winter, so your scheme sounds do-able.

    May 30, 2013 at 4:53 pm

  2. k7kfm1

    Another money making adventure! All it takes is the start-up capital.

    May 30, 2013 at 5:56 pm

  3. The Canadian rules let them carry 12 passengers without going through a lengthy certification process on the boat, whereas in the US we can only carry up to 6.

    I think you may be remembering how fast ANY speed felt in a VW bus…. That must have been the 1970-71 era when I lived out there.

    September 5, 2017 at 9:32 am

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