General news for Auxiliarists and the boating Public.

Expired Flare Disposal

King County boaters can now safely get rid of up to (10) expired flares
at the hazardous waste facilities at the North Seattle, South Seattle, or Factoria transfer stations
without charge. From the Seattle Fire Department.

Free NOAA Charts

The Office of Coast Survey provides free BookletCharts, which are 8 ½” x 11” PDF versions of NOAA nautical charts that can be downloaded and printed at home. The U.S. Coast Pilot is also available in a free PDF version.

There is a new U.S. Chart No. 1: Edition 12, dated April 2013, which supersedes all previous editions. You can download the full U.S. Chart No. 1: Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms used on Paper and Electronic Navigational Charts for free. (large pdf file: 132 mb).

Hands Free Pumpout Kit Adapters

Discharging raw sewage in inland waters and within three miles of the coast is illegal, and it's bad for human health and the environment. Fortunately, most Washington boaters use pumpouts to dispose of their waste.

In an effort to make pumping out as safe, easy and clean as possible, Washington Sea Grant (WSG), on behalf of Washington State Parks Boating Program, provides free Hands-Free Pumpout Adapter kits to boaters. Kits contain a boat adapter fitting  (standard 1 ½" or request the smaller 1 ¼"), a pair of safety gloves and a QR code to download the Washington State Parks guide to pumpouts.
Note: The useful Official Guide for Washington State Parks app is available in either the App Store or Google Play.

You can get an adapter by:

  • Picking up an adapter at Des Moines Marina fuel dock or the Port of Friday Harbor Marina harbormaster's office during business hours through September 2013.
  • Asking your marina if it has adapters for tenants.
  • Emailing or call Washington Sea Grant boater outreach specialist Aaron Barnett at 206-616-8929.
  • Reserving a pumpout adapter kit and getting a vessel safety check from a Seattle-area Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel Examiner.

Have you seen an interesting news item you think should be included here? Please email the SO-CS (via AUXDIRECTORY) to have it added to this page.