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The 300-foot Sahara was arrested as part of a wrongful death lawsuit.

Former NOAA research vessel to become $50 million luxury yacht

It may well be Seattle’s most expensive used boat deal ever—a 308-foot former government research vessel that’s being transformed into a luxury yacht for a mysterious Italian buyer. Total cost: more than $50 million. Stabbert Yacht & Ship in Ballard recently completed the sale of the former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel Saraha, which […]

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The Sailboat Search Chronicles: Part 1

The San Francisco boat could be a keeper. It was everything Marty’s salty dreams are made of—a sturdy but pretty tank built for offshore cruising, with efficiently used space, a center cockpit and gorgeous teak throughout. As Marty quizzed the yacht broker about the rigging, engine and electrical system. I pondered the important questions: Could I really […]

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Slide show | The final voyage of the Wawona

Slide show | The final voyage of the Wawona

One of my first assignments as a reporter at The Seattle Times was to walk down to the South Lake Union waterfront and write a story about a classic old ship with three towering wooden masts. The headline read, in hopeful tones, “Aging Schooner’s Restoration Begins.” But it didn’t. Or it wasn’t enough to turn back the […]

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