Creative photos and essays from the San Juan Islands

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Late summer visit

Late summer visit

This catamaran is an expensive cruiser, also called a powerboat, that is fairly rare in the islands. Some of them are motor sailers having both sails and engines larger than the typical auxiliary motor on other sailboats. They are wider than mono-hull pleasure boats, so they are often charged for two slips by the marinas they visit. That can get expensive, but the owners apparently feel the trade-off for added stability and cabin/deck area worth the expense.

Here the skipper (who may also be the deckhand) is idling outside the Port of Friday Harbor while he prepares his dock lines and puts out his fenders.

The ferry behind him isn’t going to run him down, it just appears that way! The ferry is actually in the middle of a wide turn that aims the boat (ferries are traditionally called boats, even though they do qualify as ships) at the ferry dock south of the marina.

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