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    Question Lk Washington to Lk Samamish

    Can you still boat up the Samamish Slew from Lk Washington to Lk Samamish? I use to do that with my Grandfather in the 50's. They also held a race every year from Lake to Lake that we watched from my Grandfathers dock on the Slew. One year Bill Muncy broke down right in front of us and chatted for a while, waiting for a tow boat. These boats were the little outboat hydo's, not the big ones. Al

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    Damn. I remember those races but I haven't thought about them in years. You have posed a good question. I hope someone has the answer.

    Here's a site that mentions it. http://www.seattleoutboard.org/offspring.html

    Also the Antique and Classic Boat Society was holding an unofficial race up until 1999. http://www.acbs-pnw.org/newlet4.htm

    I haven't been able to find anything current but there are lots of old pics of the race on the web
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket-J View Post
    Can you still boat up the Samamish Slew from Lk Washington to Lk Samamish? I use to do that with my Grandfather in the 50's. They also held a race every year from Lake to Lake that we watched from my Grandfathers dock on the Slew. One year Bill Muncy broke down right in front of us and chatted for a while, waiting for a tow boat. These boats were the little outboat hydo's, not the big ones. Al
    I remember those races. I lived in Woodinville in the mid 70's. Used to jump off the train trussel and swim in the Slew when we were kids!!

    That was back when Seafair Hydro-plane races were on all 3 tv channels!!
    Damn I'm getting old!!

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    Thumbs up Seafair

    Seafair was bigger than the Superbowl in the 50's and 60's. Slomo IV and V and Miss Thriftway ruled. The local TV station invented instant reply just for the Hydro Races. Those were the days. Al

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    No, boating doesn't happen there anymore (I don't think). Just small non-motorized boats are allowed from my understanding or if boats are allowed it's like a 5mph speed limit!. In 1964 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers straightened it to improve water flow during floods. That project shortened the river from 20 miles to 13 and eliminated many of the sloughs and side channels. It's mainly used for kayakers now and habitat restoration.

    Here is a story on it in the Seattle PI: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/getawa...tml?source=rss

    But as far as boat races there is the Tastin n Racin on Lake Sammamish. It involves hydros, flatbottoms, PWC and vintage hydros. Obviously not as big as the Seafair hydros but a bunch of us jetters are planning to go this year.

    http://www.tastinracin.com/

    A bunch of us did a tour of the Kent Hydro Museum recently which was very cool. We got a tour by the museum Executive Director and he spoke about how popular hydros used to be in Seattle, partly due to the fact there were no major sports teams back then. Hydros led the way for almost all the sports we have now. It was cool. Here is a link to another thread about the museum.

    http://www.skagenboats.com/modules.p...iewtopic&t=773
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    B, you're the best. Those pics are too cool. Like Britney said, a bunch of us lowlifes are going to go to Tastin and Racing this year. Droppy (aka, Daytona Tunnel, aka 68 Droptop, aka Dispatch, aka Big enuf to knock the shit out of me) has been talking with the promoters and trying to get something going for us little guy boats. Looking like it's gonna be a show/shine at the moment but still should be a ton of fun.
    With that said, the promoters might have made a significant error in judgement in that they want to put us up next to the.......beer garden...... Like this bunch needs a garden to drink beer in.............

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    Thanks John. I also found this quote from one of the earlier Tastin n Racin events:
    "One of the earliest organized power boat races on Lake Sammamish was the 1929 Sammamish Slough Outboard Marathon. The Slough race consisted of two runs of 14 miles each on the Slough River from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish and back again. The Slough race was still going strong well into the 1970s."

    Wish I could have seen that...it's crazy how close spectators got to those races. I was reading some history on one of the Green Lake races about a guy who launched out of the lake, over a ladies head, into a couple other spectators and then he was thrown and impaled on a powerpole through his arm....that's nutz!!!!
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    Wow, that did look like fun! Wait till Summer Britt, we'll take you on a slough run up off the Snohomish!
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    Thumbs up Great Pix

    Hi Britt.
    Those pix are the real thing. That is the race I was talking about. Those little boats were called "Flatties" then. They would land on peoples docks or run aground or flip and crash. The slough was not very wide.
    My first two boats were outboard flatties. Thanks for the pix. Al

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    B is right on the $$$, BLT and I tried last year. You can only go about a city block, then big ass signs stating no motorized boats allowed oe else !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaytonaTunnel View Post
    B is right on the $$$, BLT and I tried last year. You can only go about a city block, then big ass signs stating no motorized boats allowed oe else !!!
    Why am I not surprised you two were trying this!!! I believe in 2000 is when the waterway became an official "Water Trail" and thats when boats were banned....
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    So I think I was talking with some of the Skagenboats.com crew about this but thought I'd post this in case anyone was interested in going. This reminded me of this thread so I thought some of you might get a kick out of it. So, on Vashon Island every 4th of July at like 5am they do an annual Hydro Race around the Island. For those of you not as familiar Vashon is an Island in Puget Sound kind of between Seattle and Tacoma. And yes, it can get rough and choppy and part of the thrill is even finishing!!!
    I am not sure if you win anything other than your name on the trophy. Anyway, some years maybe only two boats race but generally there is a handful. Many years ago we used to party all night on the 3rd, stay up all night to watch the hydros and then go home and crash before the night fireworks festivities. So many great memories of drinking hot coffee and bundling up to cheer people on. This used to be an official race until the 70's but the coast guard and King County called it off because of noise. But the unofficial race still goes on each year and we say "suck it" to all the residents who get annoyed by the 1 morning of noise.

    Anyway, I will be down in Vegas this year for the 4th and cannot attend but if anyone is interested in attending or racing let me know and I can hook you up with the group who does it or give you directions (either by boat or car via ferry).

    Here are some photos of it from 2 years ago.

    http://www.finchhaven.com/Vashon/Jul...ros/index.html

    I went to High School with Kitt who won that year. His crew chief also told me they won last year again and the race is for sure on in 2008.

    It's kind of fun to browse the photos and read some of the comments on the trophy for each winner.

    Enjoy!
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