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Come aboard: Port Blakely chairman’s yacht for sale (slide show)



The 83-foot Christine K, owned by Jim and Christine Warjone, is a classic Monk McQueen wooden boat. The space aboard is estimated at more than 2,000 square feet.

The 83-foot Christine K, owned by Jim and Christine Warjone, is a classic Monk McQueen wooden boat. The space aboard is estimated at more than 2,000 square feet.










Patti Payne
Columnist- Puget Sound Business Journal

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With interest rates low and homes selling more quickly than they have in a long time, one boat owner is hoping his “floating home” will sell now, at a discounted price of just under half a million dollars. Jim Warjone and his wife, Christine, own the Christine K.

The couple moved out of the Seattle area and have had their classic Monk McQueen boat up for sale for two years. Jim is chairman of Port Blakely Companies (timber and development), one of the founding family-owned companies of the Northwest. He was its longstanding CEO before he turned over the reins two years ago. The couple moved out of the area to Idaho and Arizona — two places with no saltwater.

It’s more than fun to take a look at this posh, popular and spectacular wood boat, and bring you onboard, behind the scenes. “Of course a man in the timber business would have to have a wood boat,” says Jim, who insists that maintenance is not much different than on a fiberglass boat.

But for me to take you on board … the trouble is, it’s not exactly on display. Under cover in its own private 100-foot boathouse in Salmon Bay, east of and near the Ballard Locks in Seattle, the yacht is being preserved like a rare painting, for the next buyer, complete with its specially built boathouse and its docking privileges. So I will take you on a word tour, complete with pictures. Come aboard:

The Christine K has two wet bars, four staterooms, a engine room and workroom that’s easy to stand up and walk around in, a galley that looks like a full-sized farm kitchen, heads fitted with Italian Carrara marble, an enormous single-level salon and so much more.



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Offshore Sailing School to Conduct Sail-Training Week for Cypress Lake Middle School Stars

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Learn to Sail - Leadership Skills - Colgate Offshore Sailing School

Learn to Sail – Leadership Skills – Colgate Offshore Sailing School

The week is packed with training sessions on how to sail with emphasis on safety, team building and leadership skills.

Fort Myers, FL (PRWEB) June 07, 2013

As school drew to a close last Thursday, 15 achievers at the Cypress Lake Middle School went home with an assignment: to study the Offshore Sailing School Fast Track to Sailing textbook in anticipation of a special week of sail-training and team building with Offshore Sailing School in July.

“Our gift of a Learn to Sail course for the school’s 8th annual silent auction was apparently a ‘hot item’”, explains Doris Colgate, CEO and President of Offshore Sailing School. According to eighth grade teacher Heather Millican, they had just finished a school wide read of The Great Wide Sea, a story about a family who embarks on a yearlong sailing adventure through the Bahamas. “That sparked my desire to get the kids out on the water to truly experience what sailing is all about,” continues Colgate.

A meeting with Jeannane Folaros, Cypress Lake Middle School principal, and Heather Millican solidified Colgate’s offer to give the school a sail-training and team building adventure for 15 students at no cost to the school or parents.

Called the Offshore Sailing School/Cypress Lake Middle School Sail-Race Challenge, this five day training program will be held July 15-19 from 8:30 to 11:30 each day. The 15 Cypress Lake Middle School Sailing Team participants will sail on three of Offshore’s award-winning Colgate 26 sailboats from the new Pink Shell Beach Resort Marina on Ft. Myers Beach. Five members of the sailing team will be assigned to each boat and an Offshore Sailing School instructor.

“The week is packed with training sessions on how to sail with emphasis on safety, team building and leadership skills, explains Colgate. On Friday, the three-boat student teams will compete against each other in a regatta, which culminates with an awards ceremony where team members receive medals donated by Roberts Advertising of Ft. Myers, Offshore Sailing School certificates and a special Offshore Sailing School Logbook.

Millican and another teacher, Dana Thomas, worked on student requirements and announced the teams on May 15, saying: “The kids, parents, families are THRILLED with the opportunity you have gifted our school!” Each team will wear t-shirts in one of the purple, gold and white school colors – sporting their newly designed sailing team logo.

“We suggest that parents and others who wish to watch, come out on Friday to the Pink Shell Beach Marina where small boats are available for rental through Holiday Water Sports,” says Colgate. “That’s when the kids will be at their peak, vying for team honors in the Sail-Race Challenge.”

Offshore Sailing School is headquartered at 16731 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers and has eight sailing school locations. These include three in SW Florida – South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina on Ft. Myers Beach, and Hampton Inn and Suites in downtown St. Petersburg. Other locations are in the British Virgin Islands; St. Michaels, MD; New York and New Jersey.

For more information, contact Doris Colgate at 239-985-7511 (direct line), doris(at)OffshoreSailing(dot)com and visit http://www.OffshoreSailing.com.

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