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Re: New WA state insurance law??
Thanks guys... here's the relevant text from the article posted last February:
But we stopped en route in Anacortes to see old sailing friends ......In the end, the choice of winter haven wasn’t ours. Unbeknownst to us, the State of Washington had recently passed a law requiring an enormous amount of liability insurance for any vessel staying more than three days in a marina. We had neither that insurance nor the time to obtain it.
Fortunately, one marina in the village of Poulsbo, on Liberty Bay, across Puget Sound from Seattle, had been granted a dispensation from the new regulation because it’s traditionally hosted a small fleet of commercial fishing boats.
It seems they were ejected from one marina in Anacortes based on this 'new law'. Unfortunately they offer no further comment or details, and no sense of what they considered 'an enormous amount' of liability insurance...
Link to the article itself:
A Sailing Passage Too Brief in the Pacific Northwest | Cruising World
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)