The state’s marine industry celebrated last Wednesday after Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill that they say aligns the state with neighboring states’ tax laws and gives them hope after the industry was battered by the recession and devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
As I neared the dock's end, my eyes were drawn to the distinctive navy-blue lobster-style hull, the davit-mounted Walker Bay dinghy on the transom, and the bright-red kayaks racked on the upper deck. The package was visually appealing and simultaneously beckoned adventure. Washington's San Juan Islands had been on my "bucket list" for years, and I immediately knew that this experience would hold a special place in my growing logbook of cruising memories.