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Our sail co-op is worker-owned!

Working in harmony

with Nature’s gifts of wind and tide,
transporting our local goods

Thank you

Yes, it’s that happy time again: the start of our sail transport season, June 27th! We continue with our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, gratefully acknowledge our first paid sail transport customer, the pioneering Finnriver Cider, gratefully acknowledge Port Ludlow Marina and Fisheries Supplies for working with us to create our first shipment of non-food items (marina supplies, natch!), and last and not least, Toast Ballard for sharing their storefront as the CSA pick up spot.

We look forward to another season of gracefully transitioning our communities away from dangerous fossil fuel use. We continue to be amazed at the people who come to the co-op, well aware that not every sail is a sunny July day and not every meeting stays precisely on agenda, and yet continue to invest their time, sailboat, skills, and spirit into building Seattle’s first worker-owned sail transport cooperative in our post-carbon world.

How to join us

Sailors and other kindred souls

Interested in what skills we look for in the probationary period and the membership process? Please email the Board (board (at) salishseatrading.coop) and we’ll send back the simple application for your consideration. Thanks!

Local business or fellow cooperative

We welcome your inquiries about how we can add to your local business sustainability strategy as fossil fuels increase in price and decrease in acceptance. Our shipping rates are reasonable. Email partners (at) salishseatrading.coop and let’s get your local goods sailing over the Blue Highway.

Placing a CSA order with us

We encourage you to read Dharma Ridge’s philosophy, so you can see the care they take in growing all-organic vegetables that result in a box of pure goodness for you and your family.
Box price is still just $30. Cash or check only.

  1. Choose a Sunday delivery and three days before the sailboat leaves, send us an email to orders (at) salishseatrading.coop
    Example: you’d like the 8/24 Sunday delivery. The sailboat leaves on 8/22. You send your email on 8/19.
  2. Receive an acknowledgment email back and if you’re a new customer, our reminder for a $5 box deposit.
  3. Swing by our storefront partner, Toast Ballard, on the delivery Sunday, between 10 AM – 12 PM. Chat with the crew and hear how the sail went.
  4. Head home with your box for unpacking and enjoyment!
  5. Repeat as needed—join your neighbors in building community resiliency.

P.S. Feeling brave and curious? We’d love customer beta testers for the new, small node open-source Food Hub we’re developing with help from the Australian Open Food Hub Foundation, ETA end of July. Please email tech (at) salishseatrading.coop to reach our IT Director.

2014 Sail Transport Schedule

Blue Highway: Ballard-Port Ludlow
6/27- 6/29
8/8-8/10 (cancelled-no peer-shared boat available)
11/23 (special trip for our Thanksgiving tables)

Test Sails

Blue Highway: Ballard-Whidbey Island

Blue Highway: Ballard-Bainbridge

Pre-2014 Season


  • Creation of recreational sailboat acting as commercial insurance policy, including cargo coverage.
  • Regulatory compliance with Coast Guard regulations and creation of permanent liaison with the USCG 13th District.
  • Partnership with Pacific Northwest yacht designer Bob Perry, for the design of S/V Mercury, our planned sail cargo boat.
  • Co-op membership application
  • Skipper’s manual and route guidelines
  • Prototype build of the scalable, open source Open Food Hub online marketplace
  • Our first sail transport contract with Finnriver Cidery

Upcoming meetings

Discussion of management job positions and general update (not a quorum meeting)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 6:30 – 8 pm, Toast Ballard (5615 24th Ave NW)

Official co-op meeting and voting quorum

Saturday, September 13th, 4 – 5:30 PM, Ballard Library

Official co-op meeting and voting quorum

Saturday, June 7th, 1 – 3 PM, Ballard Library

La nascita di Venere, artist Sandro Botticelli

La nascita di Venere, artist Sandro Botticelli

Something beautiful is once again emerging from the sea!

Please join us in the continued adventure of sail transport

as we kick off the season Saturday afternoon, May 10th, 1 – 3 pm,

Ballard Library Main Conference Room

Enjoy a light lunch with vegetarian options, catered by our friends at Toast Ballard. Children welcome.

  • 1:05 start
  • 1:05 – 1:30: Scott, insurance agent: policy and Q&A
  • 1:30 -1:45: Ashley’s open source Food Hub demo
  • 1:45 – 2:00: Greg’s spatial mapping project (marina/income/foodshed)
  • 2:00: break
  • 2:15 – 2:40: Kathy: 2014 plans
  • 2:40 – 3:00: Frank: S/V Mercury update
  • Formal end: Vote on S/V Mercury creation: renovate or build new!

  • 3:00 – 3:30 Wallace and Gromit visit sail transport: Norm and Mark, solar tethers and more.

Insurance policy Q&A with Scott

Wednesday, June 4th, 7 PM, Ballard Coffee Works Community Room


Our Facebook page, updated weekly, is the easiest way to get updates on your neighborhood sailors. We’ve set it to “public” so you don’t need a Facebook account–any ol’ browser should do. Thanks for visiting and your interest in small-scale community sail transport!

We support Initiative 522!

Aargh, ye scalliwags! Don’t be goin’ about messing with our CSA vegetables or other food!

Contact Us

“They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters…”
Psalms, 107:23-30, KJV

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