By Heather Ouilette
What a gorgeous summer we’ve had here in the Pacific Northwest! It’s been warm and sunny and we’ve seen a lot of beautiful days on the water. During the month of May we typically see an influx of activity as we are gearing up for the summer months ahead. This year was no exception. Kicking off the season with the Anacortes Boat Show at the end of May, the turn out was terrific and we knew we were just getting started as summer was around the bend. The annual June Cutwater Boats Poets Cove/Ganges Cruise was a fabulous way to welcome summer by reconnecting with old friends and preparing for the boating season ahead.
Later in June we hosted 18 Sabre and Back Cove boats in Deer Harbor on Orcas Island for the 2nd Pacific Northwest Rendezvous. And July was abuzz with activity as well, as we hosted the Cutwater Cruise for seven days cruising through the gorgeous Gulf Islands of Canada and some of us attended an extended portion of the cruise - boating all the way to the incredible Princess Louisa Inlet.
In August our beautiful new K Dock Moorage became available in Everett. These are the newest docks in Western Washington and future home of the 2020 Boats Afloat Show. They were built as a part of the Port of Everett’s development plan sitting directly below a new hotel Indigo and retail/restaurant spaces. We currently have slip availability; if interested please contact myself or Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 360-671-0990.
August has also brought the latest addition to the Cutwater lineup: The Cutwater 32' Command Bridge. This new take on an outboard powered family cruiser boasts a first of its kind swim platform, offering over 20 sq ft of level, unobstructed, non-skid decking.
We are so grateful to our customers and to the incredible boat builders we work with to have the opportunity to be a part of and help nourish the boating community within the Pacific Northwest. We look forward to making more memories on the water together next year. Until then, we look forward to seeing you in the Fall at the Boat Show, Cutwater/Ranger Rendezvous or our Bellingham Yachts Fall Open House! Stay tuned for details soon.
June: Back Cove & Sabre Rendezvous
On June 28th-30th we hosted the 2nd Pacific Northwest Sabre and Back Cove Rendezvous. We selected Deer Harbor for its proximity to Bellingham and its intimate feel with such a gorgeous setting. With 18 Sabres and Back Coves, 45+ owners and their families in attendance it was a terrific way to connect (and reconnect for some of us). We were honored to have Jamie Bloomquist, the National Sales Manager of Back Cove Yachts, join us all the way from Rockland, Maine.
The weekend commenced with a Wine Knot Event and Happy Hour on Friday evening and the Saturday events included a day trip to the Farmers Market in Eastsound and a stop at the Orcas Island Winery, wrapping up the day with a delicious BBQ dinner on the docks. We said farewells on Sunday morning over blueberry pancakes and coffee! It was so wonderful to see so many familiar faces and to reconnect with everyone. Thank you to all that joined us, and we are already looking forward to another Rendezvous in the near future.
July: Cutwater Cruise
30 Boats, 70+ attendees, this year’s Cutwater Cruise was truly magnificent. We are always so grateful to be able to gather with everyone in such beautiful marinas. Kicking off the week with four days in Roche Harbor we enjoyed the facilities (as one would, it’s gorgeous and aplenty). We hosted our second year of Wine Knot (but thanks to Tonja Warren of “I’m In” it was a bit elevated with more difficult knots this year!), our incredible BYS Service Manager Jim Gizzi hosted a Service Q&A that was a real hit, thanks Jim! And we had our annual Salmon and Chicken Grill out. We were honored to have Dave Livingston, Mark Mansfied and Brian Dickhaut of Cutwater Boats join us!
After departing Roche we cruised on to Port Browning Marina, Montague Harbour, and Telegraph Harbour on Thetis Island. There were Boater Awards given out, adventures on the Hummingbird Pub Bus, cornhole on the docks, and many more memories made. Each marina and surrounding area provides something unique and wonderful to enjoy! This was our first time to Port Browning Marina on North Pender and what a treat it was- we will definitely be back. This cruise provides us the time to connect with one another and really experience all the amazing boating that the San Juan Islands and Canadian Gulf Islands have to offer and each year we have an incredible time-this year being no exception-we couldn’t have had better weather and water conditions!
After seven days underway, 10 boats adventured on further north to the Princess Louisa Inlet/Chatterbox Falls for two nights on anchor, organized and put on by Tonja Warren (as in the Jeff & Tonya Warren who own the beautiful Cutwater 302 “I’m In”, aka Seahawk boat). We crossed the Straits of Georgia (which always seems to be eventful) and cruised our way along the mainland coast. This was a magical experience. For those of you who have not yet been, add this to your list! What a beautiful place. 40 miles up the Jervis Inlet you find yourself surrounded by high peaks, warm waters, and greenery for as far as the eye can see. We spent the days kayaking and dinghying to the waterfalls and hiking trails, enjoying each other’s company on the bows of our boats overlooking Chatterbox Falls and swimming, splashing and all-around soaking in the moments! Thank you to all that joined us this year for our cruise.
August: Cutwater 32 Command Bridge
The brand new Cutwater 32 Command Bridge (C-32 CB) introduces an entirely new perspective to an outboard-powered (twin Yamaha 300 HP) family cruiser.
Take the helm from the command bridge and enjoy panoramic views, expansive entertaining space and enhanced control. Perhaps the most exciting new feature of the C-32 CB is the first of its kind, swim platform boasting over 20 sq ft of level, unobstructed, non-skid decking with no outboard well, rigging tubes or hoses to trip over. Heavy-duty stainless-steel handrails provide stability for boarding, fishing, watersports, and safe dinghy access.
Hull #4 is currently available and equipped with popular Northwest Edition upgrades, including: Anchor Package (16.5# anchor, 50’ HT chain, 200’ line), Navigation Package (Garmin 8612, 4KW radar Dome, GPS antenna, Depthsounder/Fishfinder, Garmin Autopilot), Diesel Heater, Downrigger plates and plugs, Bow/Stern Thruster w/ wireless remote, Safety Kit (fenders, lines, flares, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, life jackets, boat hook), Macerator Discharge, Solar Panel, Propane stove and oven, Swim Platform Rails, Battery AGM Upgrade, LED Lights and Underwater Lights, and Bottom Paint Package.