Is The West Coast The
Best Coast?

Published: July 2012

Or is it "cheerless and uninviting?" We're hoping Seaworthy readers will let us know.

If you do your boating on the West Coast, Seaworthy would like to hear from you. Back here in the East, there have always been a lot of misconceptions about boating on the West Coast that are begging to be corrected. For example, Daniel Webster, the orator and statesman from Massachusetts, famously said, "What can we do with the western coast, a coast of 3,000 miles, rockbound, cheerless, uninviting, and not a harbor on it?"

Lighten up Daniel. Of course the West Coast has harbors. As for being "cheerless and uninviting," have you ever seen a photo of Daniel Webster?

Big Dan

Seaworthy is hoping that readers on the West Coast will help to set the record straight. Is it true that boats in some harbors are covered with sea lions? If so, how do you keep them off your boat—rubber orcas? And what about sea otters? Several members on the West Coast have complained that sea otters (which can consume 25 percent of their body weight each day in fish) like to relax on swim platforms. Boaters in other parts of the country only have to worry about cleaning up after ducks. Finally, what about the famous photo of a megayacht crashing through waves in California? Is that sort of thing typical?

Over the years, Seaworthy has included stories—tantalizing hints—about boating on the West Coast. For example, who can forget David Close, "the Cookie Man" (Seaworthy July, 2009) who routinely takes Girl Scout cookies and beer out to boaters who run aground in front of his home on Puget Sound? Are people on the West Coast always that thoughtful? And at the other end of the warm-andfuzzy spectrum, what about the guy in Los Angeles who fired a blank pistol to start a sailboat race and was promptly arrested by a SWAT team (Seaworthy, October, 2010)?

Big Waves

Several years ago, Seaworthy heard from members on the Great Lakes—America's Heartland—who said that the weather on the Great Lakes is fluky, often violent and hard to predict. In storms, the waves can be steep, close together and scary. But it's also beautiful; dozens of readers wrote to say they are head over heels in love with the place.

Now it's your turn, West Coast readers. Send your stories, long or short, good or bad, to Seaworthy@boatus.com. You can also send stories via the post office to Seaworthy, C/O BoatUS, 880 South Pickett St. Alexandria, VA 22304. Photos are always appreciated! We'll compile them into an account in the next issue. We may also print longer stories separately in future issues. If nobody writes, maybe we'll do a story about Daniel Webster.


Big Trouble

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