Thirty-One-Derful Feet

Lisa and I enjoyed the opportunity for a little Pacific Northwest cruising aboard our new Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano while taking her to PassageMaker’s TrawlerFest in Anacortes. This gem is the latest (and the most compact) addition to the line of Helmsman Trawlers. We’ve been working for several years on this project to update and substantially redesign the venerable Camano 31 and were glad for some sea time to “test cruise” the finished product.

What a fine little yacht this is.

We knew it would handle well and feel solid on the water — the original highly-regarded Camano hull is unchanged — and it pleased us with its surefootedness and performance. Whether running at 7 or 9 or 13 knots this boat was solid. The bow stayed down for great lower-helm visibility at all speeds, and she tracked and handled waves from all directions confidently.

As for living aboard we admittedly felt a bit self-satisfied with our interior redesign. The stateroom was nothing short of luxurious and spacious. The separate head and shower compartments are amenities associated with much larger yachts. The salon with its up galley and built-in helm and companion seating was wonderfully functional and comfortable, especially while underway. And as with all of our Helmsman Trawlers we admired the construction quality, the fine teak and varnish interior, and the tight craftsmanship so much in evidence.

Things that were even better than we expected?

  • Storage — the yard did such a great job fitting storage drawers, cabinets and cubbies into places we hadn’t anticipated that there will be no lack of storage for an extended cruise. The hanging locker in the master stateroom is really a “wow” for a boat this size. Usually the first thing to be jettisoned in the design of smaller boats, we’re glad to say that storage has increased signficantly with this redesign from the original Camano 31.
  • The engine — the Hyundai Seasall V-6 diesel was amazingly smooth and quiet. Operation, even at higher speeds, is truly pleasant.

Lisa and I are fortunate to spend a lot of time aboard quality yachts — mostly much larger than this Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano. We can honestly say that thanks to yacht-quality construction, time-tested hull design, a completely new interior design, and the latest in well-engineered propulsion we felt like we compromised nothing while on our short cruise. This is an incredible amount of boat in a compact size, and — let’s face it — FUN is most accessible when you’re not worrying about complex systems and costs and fuel consumption and maintenance and finding large-enough moorage and….

Scott Helker



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Helmsman 2016 38 Pilothouse Offload

It is exciting every time to approach the massive Cosco cargo ship at the Port of Seattle and search for the location of the most important cargo on board. But this time was different – a search wasn’t necessary at all. The Waterline Boats delivery crew and new owner had no difficulty spotting the Helmsman Trawlers 38 Pilothouse grandly perched at the head of the ship.

We were all up bright and early Monday morning boarding our reliable and experienced tow boat. Not just ready, but enthusiastic to assist with the offload of another Helmsman Trawlers. Each offload experience is different from the last and this time the prestigious location dictated our special cargo to be offloaded first. Not the usual hurry up and wait scenario we’re used to…what a great start!

Lee and Sally Shobe ordered their new construction 38 Pilothouse last fall – we were happy that Lee could participate in this offload event especially on such a beautiful May morning.

It was an impressive and successful delivery – everything went smoothly. This one starting with a ship to shore offload of the 38 Pilothouse for inspection and placement of the slings under the hull. Once approved and ready the vessel was hoisted up off shore, traveled back over the cargo ship and slowly and gently lowered into Elliot Bay. Scott turned the helm over and secured a life jacket while Roger, now at the helm maneuvered the tow boat toward the harnessed vessel. Scott carefully stepped off the tow boat and boarded the Helmsman, attached a tow line and soon both he and the boat were pulled free from the slings. Once clear from the Cosco ship, ferry lanes, an incoming cruise ship and an outgoing working tug our crew pulled the 38 in toward our tow boat and tied it along side. Gear and crew were transferred to the Pilothouse, systems checked, fuel was added, the engine started and Lee gave a confirming thumbs up! Now it’s through the locks and on to our Waterline Boats docks!





Fresh off the ship just hours earlier this new 2016 Helmsman Trawlers 38 Pilothouse is now being fully commissioned at our Waterline Boats Docks. Come on down… see a Helmsman Trawlers for yourself. Give us a call 206 282 0110

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New Helmsman Family Members

38-Allan-&-Yvonne-photoAllan Bogutz and Yvonne Rolston recently joined the Helmsman Trawlers family!

Both are experienced boaters and moved up from a smaller trawler to a new 2016 Helmsman Trawlers 38 Pilothouse. They moor their boat in Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge Island where Allan is the current Commodore of the Eagle Harbor Yacht Club, and Yvonne (Allan’s clever & accurate title for her) is the “Commadorable.” Allan and Yvonne plan to cruise the beautiful Pacific Northwest and have already unmoored for a cruise to Victoria, BC and the Canadian Gulf Islands.

Welcome Aboard Allan and Yvonne!


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Waterline Boats at 2016 TrawlerFest!

2016-TrawlerFestWaterline Boats will be participating in the 2016 Anacortes TrawlerFest sponsored by PassageMaker — and we’ll have a new Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano on display!

We are excited about the Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano debuting in its first TrawlerFest and enthused to present all the updates and enhancements to a well-known design. The original Camano was highly regarded for its outstanding hull, sea-keeping abilities and economy at a range of speeds. Helmsman Trawlers has updated the lines, thoughtfully redesigned the interior, and developed a true bantam trawler yacht at a remarkable price!

Some distinctive features include a beautiful and luxurious master suite with generous (and separate!) head and shower compartments, sizable galley with plentiful storage, large fridge/freezer, bountiful lighting and visibility, and gorgeous interior craftsmanship. This is truly a yacht-quality small trawler. And there’s so much more to see … At Anacortes TrawlerFest 2016.

TrawlerFest In Water Show Dates & Times
May 19 – May 21
THU – SAT 10am – 5pm

Can’t make it to TrawlerFest and want to see this bantam trawler? No problem! The Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano is at our Waterline Boats docks. Just give us a call and one of our agents will show you aboard.

For more Helmsman Trawlers models and information> Helmsman Trawlers
For more information on TrawlerFest> 2016 TrawlerFest

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Waterline Boats ~broker spotlight | Gretchen Miles


Like so many native Washingtonians, Gretchen Miles is a lover of the outdoors. Early on it was the mountains, not the water that had her attention. Climbing and hiking are passions of hers. However, while boating may have started out on the periphery of Gretchen’s life it didn’t stay there.


A life-changing love of boating began when Gretchen and her husband Ron Miles chartered a Bayliner for their honeymoon. To new-to-cruising newlyweds the work was a little more than they bargained for.

“We sort of bit off a big chunk. I call it ignorance is bliss. We just did it. Didn’t even think about it. It wasn’t a working honeymoon like chartering a sailboat would have been, but it was still a working honeymoon.”

The trip turned out to be a labor of love and they really enjoyed the experience.

A few years later, Gretchen and Ron bought their first boat, a Bayliner 2858. A few years later, like so many boaters, they were ready for a larger boat and wanted a trawler. They purchased and loved their Mainship 390. A little while after that, they were enticed by the idea of life as liveaboards. Being raised in the country, Gretchen wanted a home that offered both friendly neighbors and privacy.

“We really didn’t have much of a community in my neighborhood. That’s what I was looking for. I was looking for that community.”

One day, they were on their dinghy circling around a boat they admired and were spotted by the boat’s owners, Scott and Lisa Helker (now owners of Waterline Boats). An awkward exchange turned into a years’ long friendship and the two couples helped each other as they looked for their respective liveaboard vessels.

Gretchen found her boat-buying experience to be positive and enjoyable, and she was inspired. She loved learning about different vessels. But she’d also heard so many horror stories that differed from the wonderful time she’d enjoyed. She thought she could use her knowledge and experience to help others by becoming a yacht broker.

For Gretchen, being a yacht broker is a chance to serve, to learn, and to ensure that sellers and buyers would have as good a time finding or selling their boat as she did.

“I love looking and learning about boats. I had a really good experience (especially with Scott and Lisa) looking for my boat… I want people to enjoy their experience, I want them to feel like somebody’s got their back both as a seller and as a buyer…I want them to know I’m really working on their behalf.”

Gretchen, Ron, and their Portuguese Water Dog Gracie now live aboard a DeFever 49. They found her in Alaska and had a six-week adventure bringing her home. Once merely on the periphery, boating is now a big and wonderful part of Gretchen’s life.

“We love to go out and anchor. One of our favorite islands is Sucia Island. We love Desolation Sound. Kayaking to an island, hiking the island, that’s our favorite way to relax.”

The dream is to take another trip to Alaska, a 3-month adventure. Until then she’s helping other boaters get a little closer to their boating dreams.

Would you like help in buying a boat, or do you have a boat to sell?
Contact Gretchen –
mobile – 425 231 0344

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Chris Craft 52 – Tollycraft 44 CPMY

ON-DECK-Graphic52 foot Chris-Craft and Tollycraft 44 CPMY ON DECK at Waterline Boats!

52′ / Chris-Craft / 1967 / 2xdiesel / Seattle / Agent-Gary Buck

44′ / Tollycraft 44 CPMY / 1988 / 2xdiesel / Everett / Agent-Gretchen Miles

When construction of this classic beauty Chris-Craft 52 and desirable Tollycraft 44 are complete they will appear on our Waterline Boats Inventory page with a photo and link to their complete specifications, up to 80 large format photos and video tour!

Beat the rush! Call 206-282-0110 before these listing go live to learn more or to make an appointment for your personal preview.

**Interested in selling your boat? Then speak to one of our specialist brokers about what Waterline Boats / Boatshed can do for you! We will view your boat, take up to 80 interior and exterior photos, plus inventory and list the boat’s full specifications in detail. It will then go live on and across all Boatshed offices world wide with offices from Seattle to Athens to Phuket. We also advertise on,, and many other boat-specific websites as well as print media. We handle the whole sale including viewings, negotiations, contracts and post sale services and strive to make the process enjoyable and easy for buyers and sellers.

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The 10th edition of the Clipper Round the World Race, with twelve 70’ one-design monohull sailboats competing, is departing for leg 7 from Seattle to New York on Thursday 28 April. Waterline Boats encourages all Seattle-area boaters to be afloat to cheer the fleet on Elliott Bay during the Parade of Sail from 1500 to 1700.

Here’s a link to information about the race, the boats and crews, and their visit to Seattle:

The boats called on Seattle for about a week after a non-stop Pacific crossing from Qingdao, China. The winning boat completed the crossing in 25 days. The next leg, to New York City via the Panama Canal will have the crews at sea for over 50 days.

Scott Helker of Waterline Boats / Boatshed Seattle enjoyed a visit and a brief sail aboard the boat PSP LOGISTICS and came away thoroughly impressed by the determination, sense of adventure and hardiness of the crew. This race is truly a skills and endurance test and is everything but a yachty round-the-world cruise. Accommodations are spartan, the work is hard, and the conditions can be exceptionally challenging. Skipper Max Stunell leads a cheerful and dedicated team who are to be thanked — their kindness and patience in hosting Scott and many other Seattle gawkers and dreamers after barely a moment’s rest following a difficult crossing of the Pacific was greatly appreciated.

Crew members join the race for single or for multiple legs as their time and money allow, and undergo intensive training prior to boarding their boats. Featured in these photos is Sue Ball, from the UK, crewing aboard PSP LOGISTICS for the entire circumnavigation.

GOOD LUCK and SAFE VOYAGE to the boats and their crews as they continue racing toward completion of their circumnavigation with a return to London in July.

Clipper-1 Clipper-2 Clipper-3 Clipper-4

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Waterline Boats at Annapolis-Bay Bridge Boat Show!

Bay-Bridge-BS-2016Waterline Boats / Boatshed Seattle is participating in the Annapolis 2016 Bay Bridge Boat Show…

..with a 2008 Mariner 37 Seville Pilothouse.

You’ll find us on Dock C where we are displaying this beautiful blue hulled, with white topsides and shiny stainless rails vessel. This well-outfitted low hours trawler appears in excellent condition on its exterior as well as its interior and is a MUST SEE!

Once you step aboard you will see that the roomy interior design gives the feeling of being on a much larger boat than what the model number implies. The warmth and elegance of the teak and holly and the quality and craftsmanship of the joinery are sure to impress.

Our agents will be happy to point out the many unique features of the pilothouse design. The hide-away storage, great visibility from the pilothouse helm and throughout, the day head off the salon and the separate head and shower in the master stateroom just to name a few.

This boat was originally imported and sold as a Mariner Yachts International 37 Seville Pilothouse, the predecessor to the current Helmsman Trawlers® 38 Pilothouse. Our Waterline Boats agents are prepared to supply information on all the Helmsman Trawlers Models – 43 Pilothouse – 38 Pilothouse – 37 Sedan – 31 Camano.


To preview (full specs and 112 photos), the 2008 Mariner 37 click> 2008 Pilothouse

Compare this boat to a Nordic Tug 37 or 39, or to an American Tug 34, 365 or 395. You’ll find that the Helmsman Trawlers is roomier, has a more finely-crafted interior, and is built to an impressive standard.

For more information on the Helmsman Trawlers line click> Helmsman Trawlers

The Bay Bridge Show show takes place at the Bay Bridge Marina in Stevensville, Maryland.

Dates – Friday, April 15, 2016 – Sunday, April 17, 2016.

Times – Friday and Saturday are from 10:00 am – 6:00pm and Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm.

For more information on the Annapolis Bay Bridge Show click> Bay Bridge Show

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Pacific Trawlers 40 Pilothouse – Ponderosa 42 Sundeck

Two more boats ON DECK at Waterline Boats!

40′ / Pacific Trawlers / 1999 / 1xdiesel / Arriving to Our Seattle Docks / Agent-Roger Drill

42′ / Ponderosa 42 Sundeck / 1984 / 2xdiesel / Seattle / Agent-Roger Drill

When construction of the Pacific Trawlers and the Ponderosa Sundeck listings are complete they will appear on our Waterline Boats Inventory page with a photo and link to the complete specifications, up to 80 large format photos and a video tour!

Beat the rush! Call 206-282-0110 before Pacific Trawlers 40 Pilothouse and the Ponderosa 42 Sundeck listings go live to learn more or to make an appointment for your personal preview.

**Interested in selling your boat? Then speak to one of our specialist brokers about what Waterline Boats / Boatshed can do for you! We will view your boat, take up to 80 interior and exterior photos, plus inventory and list the boat’s full specifications in detail. It will then go live on and across all Boatshed offices world wide with offices from Seattle to Athens to Phuket. We also advertise on,, and many other boat-specific websites as well as print media. We handle the whole sale including viewings, negotiations, contracts and post sale services and strive to make the process enjoyable and easy for buyers and sellers.

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Waterline Boats Newest Crew Member…

Waterline Boats / Boatshed Seattle is pleased to welcome the newest member of our crew, Amber Candelaria.

Amber has more than a decade of customer service under her belt. She’s handled the marketing and management of a couple of businesses here in Seattle and looks forward to putting her experience and her degree in Mass Communications to work here at Waterline Boats / Boatshed.

A true Jill-of-all-trades, Amber is doing a little bit of everything and anything for us here in the office. She’ll be marketing our Brokerage services to boat owners, helping sellers through our listing process and helping potential customers find their “Dream Boat”.

Stop by or call and she’ll be the first friendly face and voice you see and hear.

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