Sea Scouts to host ‘open boat’ event

  • <br>Enterprise staff
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 11:59am

The Sea Scouts will host an “open boat” — the nautical equivalent of an open house — beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the “V” dock at Edmonds Marina.

The public is invited to meet the youth and adult leaders associated with Sea Scout Ship 6, which is based at and sponsored by the Port of Edmonds, and learn about the program. Visitors may tour the three Sea Scout boats — an Erickson 32, high-performance San Juan 24 and 27-foot Coronado — plus, weather permitting, go on a short sail.

Sea Scouts are affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America and are part of the Venturing program for older Scouts. Young men and women between the ages of 14 and 21 are welcome to join. No boating experience is necessary.

Ship 6 holds regular activities ranging from formal training in boat handling, rules and safety drills to boat maintenance, electronics and engine repair. Members participate as much as they are able, with no minimum requirements.

Sea Scouts meet on the boats and sail as often as weather allows. Last year the members spent about 48 days doing on-the-water activities, including weekend trips and extended cruises to the San Juan Islands and around Puget Sound.

All activities and projects are planned and carried out by the youth members under the guidance of adult leaders who are experienced sailors and boaters. The program’s aim is to develop leadership and nautical skills.

For more information, call Skipper Jeremy Makin at 206-579-3955.

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