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1. The Shilshole liveaboard community: 'demand continues to escalate'

I am a liveaboard, someone who makes a boat their primary residence. I've lived on my 1994 Catalina 34 sailboat at Shilshole Bay Marina since 2018 and it’s a unique neighborhood with spectacular sunsets.

Tucked behind a breakwall decorated with a serpentine dragon and sword-wielding skeleton, Shilshole Bay Marina is operated by the Port of Seattle and provides moorage to approximately 1600 commercial and recreational boats. A significant portion of these boats are recreational sailboats, many of which will soon be decorated with holiday lights for “Deck the Hulls.” 

Read more.

This article started as a response to the Future Tides' maritime community survey, which is still open. Cassidy Patnoe, an attorney and teacher who lives on Whidbey Island, said if he could ask a journalist to investigate one maritime-related issue, it would be trends around liveaboards. Thanks for participating, Cassidy!
🗳️Poll: Which reader-submitted story idea would you like to read in December?
Is recreational boating becoming more or less accessible?
The implications of illegal charters
Why are the ferries perpetually understaffed?

2. Maritime sector funding, especially in Alaska, in newly signed infrastructure bill 

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed into law on Monday, November 15, is more than 2,700 pages long and authorizes $1.2 trillion in total spending. A portion of those pages and dollars are dedicate to maritime infrastructure.

According to CNBC, a total of $17 billion is allocated for infrastructure improvements at ports and waterways. Other programs through the Department of Energy will impact the sector as well.

Billions are allocated to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) for capital projects and port infrastructure. In the Seattle region, USACE manages the Ballard Locks, dredges, removes debris and manages lakes and rivers for hydropower as well as recreation.

Alaska, in particular, will receive a boost through the Alaska Marine Highway System and development of electric ferries and additional ferry systems.

The bill also includes improvements for infrastructure just beyond the docks, such as roads and railways. Across all sectors are programs to reduce emissions and promote electrification and other alternative energy.

Read more
The LiquidGrid: Maritime decarbonization in the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

The Maritime Executive: White House Details Plans for Infrastructure Bill's Port Funding

Alaska Public Media: Between the lines: 8 ways the US Senate infrastructure bill sends money to Alaska

3. Power outage delays annual maintenance at Ballard Locks

The large lock at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, better known as the Ballard Locks, is currently closed for annual maintenance through November 24.

However, the current planned closure was preceded by both locks being closed due to a multi-day power outage from November 7-11. The USACE was able to manually operate the large locks but only during the day and the manually locking process takes longer. Once power was restored, the large lock closed for maintenance on November 12, three days later than originally planned.

Completed in 1917 as part of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, the Ballard Locks are an example of a major maritime infrastructure project completed and now managed by the USACE. Which projects funded by the newly signed infrastructure bill might be operating more than a hundred years from now?

Workers in the (almost) empty large locks this past week. (Photo courtesy of Margaux Currie)

The #wawx this past week has been wild! I did have a productive atmospheric river weekend though.

New website coming soon at, my to do list is in one place and I took a fresh look at your story suggestions. Also, on a personal note, we installed a new 🚽!

One change I'm excited to share is the option to choose how frequently you receive Future Tides. We all participate in boating differently, so I suspect readers may each participate in Future Tides differently.

I can relate to being busy and if you find you're not reading Future Tides weekly, that's ok! Change your preferences (steps below) and turn down the dial a little. You can receive issues every fortnight (thanks to my accountability partner Abhishek for bringing this useful term into my lexion) or monthly instead of weekly.

Next week there will be no new issue because of Thanksgiving. I'll be heading to visit my folks in Florence, Oregon (not Italy!) via Astoria on the shores of the Columbia River. So while I'm leaving the boat for a bit, I won't be far from the water.

Have a wonderful holiday, wherever you may be.
- Cara

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