Opinion

Winter Rendezvous is Feb. 7-9 in downtown Poulsbo

By STEPHEN L. SWANN

2014 is shaping up as an especially busy year for the Port of Poulsbo.

SEATTLE BOAT SHOW: The 67th annual Seattle Boat Show ran the last week of January. The Port of Poulsbo was there with a booth for the first time in two decades.

Attending the show was part of the port’s renewed strategy for promoting the marina and Poulsbo to Northwest boaters. The focus was bringing more guest boaters to Poulsbo so they may inject cash into the community.

Hundreds of attendees stopped at the port’s booth to discuss guest and permanent moorage, events scheduled for 2014, and other topics. Poulsbo will remain a most desirable destination this year. We’ll be back in 2015 — keep us in mind when you attend next year.

PORT EXPANSION: The port especially appreciates all those who have offered opinions on the proposed annexation of properties around Liberty Bay. Both hearings at City Hall provided valuable information for study and consideration by the port.

FEBRUARY ON THE WATERFRONT: The Winter Rendezvous at the Port of Poulsbo is Feb. 7-9. Chip Hanauer, the “Boat Guy,” is throwing a mid-winter party down at the marina. Check out www.theboatguy.com for an extremely funny ad for this event.

This celebration is planned for the entire Poulsbo community, not just boaters. Check in at the sponsor tent on the waterfront for a passport with information on schedules, event instructions, and prizes. The opening ceremony at  noon Feb. 8 will include Miss Viking Fest, Vikings, and city representatives.

Here’s what’s going on.

Lions’ Spaghetti Dinner: Feb. 7, 4-7 p.m., North Kitsap High School, $10.

Whiskey Night: Feb. 7, 7-9 p.m., Hare & Hounds, $30.

Marine Gear Swap: Feb. 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sons of Norway.

Historical Walking Tours: Feb. 8, 10 a.m. to noon, Poulsbo Old Town, $5.

Poker Run: Feb. 8, 2-4 p.m. Various locations.

Glogg-Fest Contest: Feb. 8, 2-4 p.m. Local restaurants

Art Walk: Feb. 8, 3-8 p.m. Shops with refreshments.

Beer-muda Triangle: Feb. 8, noon to 5 p.m. Brewery tours (by bus).

Pancake Breakfast: Feb. 9, 8-11 a.m., Sons of Norway.

BASIC BOATING COURSE: The Agate Pass Sail & Power Squadron will present its basic “ABC” boating course at the Poulsbo Yacht Club, 18129 Fjord Drive NE, Poulsbo. It will run for two days, Feb. 8-9, from 0900 to 1630 (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for landlubbers). The fee is $35. Contact jacqui.apsps@gmail.com for more information.

QUARTERLY ALL-PORTS MEETING: Kitsap County has the greatest number of port districts — 12 — in Washington State. Commissioners for Kitsap ports convene each quarter to share insights and discuss important issues. The Port of Poulsbo routinely participates in these sessions, and networking among commissioners has been vital to our success.

Of special interest at the Jan. 27 meeting was a presentation on securing low-cost financing for major projects, and advantages of good bond ratings. The higher the bond rating, as many understand, the lower the interest rate charged for financing major port projects.

FREE PUBS: Each month, two entertaining and informative publications are delivered to the port for free distribution to the public.

48 North and Northwest Yachting are available from the sliding window on the marina side of the bathhouse (near the ramp to the docks). Each reports boating events scheduled throughout the Northwest, and discusses issues of interest to the boating community. And, as previously noted, they are “free.”

PORT EMAIL LIST: The port’s email list permits the port manager and staff to efficiently contact tenants, visitors, and port district residents. If you would like to be on our contact list, please send your name, contact information, and email address to manager@portofpoulsbo.com.

PORT QUIZ: December’s nautical trivia quiz asked what the expression “devil to pay” meant. When someone has done something that should not have been done, one might comment that “there will be the devil to pay.”

Originally this expression related to an unpleasant task about ship. The “devil” was the longest seam in the hull, which required caulking with “pay,” the tar-like substance called pitch. The caulking was done by squatting in the bilges, a task understandably despised by seamen.

Here’s a new one: When everything is “hunky-dory,” everything is O.K. What’s the origination of this term? Let The Scuttlebutt know what you think this expression originally meant. Send your best “guess” to commissioner.swann@portofpoulsbo.com. The first responder with the correct answer will be recognized in The Scuttlebutt’s next issue.

Got a naval term to offer? Let us know.

PORT INVITATION. The commissioners, employees, tenants and guests of the Port of Poulsbo (www.portofpoulsbo.com), one of 75 Washington state ports, wish you a safe visit to Poulsbo’s spectacular Waterfront Park, and a safe transit on Liberty Bay. Bring your friends and families down to the port’s marina and greet our staff and visiting boaters on E and F docks. (Watch us by webcam at www.siteground315.com/~longship/.)

Also, port commissioners meet twice monthly to receive comments from district residents, tenants, and others from the community. Mark your calendar for the first and third Thursdays, 1900 (7 p.m.), and come down to the port’s multi-purpose conference room to find out what’s going in the Poulsbo Port District. Our next meeting will be held Feb. 20.

— Stephen L. Swann is a Poulsbo port commissioner. Contact him at commissioner.swann@portofpoulsbo.com

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