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2015 1127 ship in two

It’s a common dilemma among boat owners – the boat that once seemed just the right size eventually begins to feel a bit too small. What to do? Buy a bigger boat? Well, here’s another option. Just make the boat you have a little bigger.

At 240 ft. long, the at-sea seafood processing boat “Starbound” (foreground in the photo) is not exactly small, but when they needed more room, the ship’s owners decided to have Dakota Creek Industries here in Anacortes make a few modifications – including literally cutting the boat in half to add a new midsection.

Here you can see the gap where a new hull section will be inserted, making the ship about 60 ft. longer.

2015 1130 ship in two2

The work that goes on in this small local shipyard is truly amazing – from maintenance and repair work on ferries and fishing boats, to building new state-of-the-art research vessels.

Next time you’re in town, go down to 3rd Street and take a look at what’s happening in the DCI shipyard. This is truly a “working waterfront”, and there’s always something interesting to see.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,942 Confirmed Skagit Cases
400-409 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given


379,100 Confirmed Cases Statewide
22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times