Saturday, August 27, 2011

Expedition Yacht Sales is born!

Steve & Cindy Scruggs are proud to announce the formation of their new brokerage; Expedition Yacht Sales, LLC.  With a combined 40-years in the local marine industry it was time to hang out our own shingle.  We will serve the greater Puget Sound area and are always available to meet on your boat or the yacht you wish to see.

"Cindy & I are excited to be working together for the first time and able to offer the highest level of service and integrity.  We are going to do this right!"

Specializing in high quality cruising tugs, trawlers and expedition grade sailboats.  These are the boats that are ideally suited to cruising the waters of our Salish Sea and inside passage to Alaska.

Between them they have cruised or raced boats on all of the west coast from Southeast Alaska to Ensenada, Mexico and covered most of the east coast from Halifax, Nova Scotia to the Chesapeake.  Throw in a couple of races to Hawaii, Bermuda, an Atlantic crossing and several years on the Caribbean circuit for offshore experience. They have owned twin-engine powerboats, racing sailboats and an offshore capable sailboat.  They know boats and all the local cruising grounds from Olympia to Alaska.

When just 26-years old Steve founded his first boat dealership and service company in Seattle.  Most recently a yacht broker for nearly 10-years working in the Puget Sound area for a large dealership, now able to offer the service that customers really deserve with his own brokerage.  He has been involved in the sale and commissioning of over 200 new boats and countless pre-owned yachts during this career.  This is experience you can rely on.  Steve holds the CPYB designation as a Certified Professional Yacht Broker and subscribes to their code of conduct.

A fifteen-year veteran of the marine industry, Cindy will run the operations of Expedition Yacht Sales.  From listings to closings, expect first class service handling the details of your dream yacht.

Contact Expedition Yacht Sales at 206-321-2164 or visit  We stand ready to help you achieve the happiest day of your life.

Steve & Cindy

Friday, August 5, 2011

Catching Prawns in Desolation Sound

A great week of catching prawns near Cortes Island.

Our most successful year ever!

For the past eighteen years Cindy & I have headed north to Desolation Sound with friends to cruise for a week or two in early August.  The greater Desolation Sound area is a wonderful marine area and offers fantastic cruising.   It is a couple of days journey north of the San Juan's or Gulf Islands.  One of the highlights of the trip is putting out the prawn traps and seeing what we can pull up. 

The Spot Prawns are larger than shrimp and make a wonderful meal.  We generally set the traps in a depth of a little over 300-feet.  Every fisherman has their favorite honey spot, but a good guide is to put your pots near a locals and do what they do.

This is Cindy's new boat, the Mystery Machine, in beautiful Desolation Sound.

The rig I use:
Yellow top float with 75-feet of leaded line
400-feet of 1/4" polypropylene line
2ea 8-oz clip-on lead weights
Prawn trap
Scotty screw top bait jar
Bait pellets

Prawn traps are marked with yellow floats, the second jug is for extra flotation in areas with strong current.

A hose reel is an easy way to store multiple 400-foot lines tangle free.

These Dependable Trap Co. pots fold away for easy storage on a boat.

Ladner makes nice commercial style pots for sports fisherman.   Easy to empty.

Snap a couple of lead weights on the poly line to keep it from floating on top.  Scotty bait jars work great.


The commercial prawn bait is very effective.  It is like oily dog kibble.  Some use cat food.

Power pot pullers were made legal about five years ago.  We are going over 300-feet deep!

For the first ten-years we went prawning the power pullers were not legal, and we pulled the traps hand over hand...  It was great exercise.   The Brutus "Ace" puller is nicely made and fits on to a Scotty Downrigger base and uses the same power jack.  It pulls about 100-feet per minute.  A welcome addition to the Mystery Machine!

Thanks for reading my blog.  Steve