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ACC's Guide to Pacific Northwest Marinas - About the Author & Contributors


Chris and Cathy Haden have spent a lot of time "messing about in boats." They have owned a succession of boats; both power and sail, over the years. They have bare boat chartered in the San Juan Islands, gone house boating on Lake Powell and the Sacramento River Delta and cruised the California coast in their Grand Banks 48, E Ticket. One of their fondest memories is a weeklong cruise through southeast Alaska aboard a 65-foot Malahide trawler. Travel has always been an important part of their lives, and they have visited Germany, France, Holland, Japan, Jamaica, Thailand, Singapore, Canada and Mexico, and cruised through the Panama Canal as well. The Atlantic Cruising Club’s Guide to Pacific Northwest Marinas is their first book together, although both have published books and/or articles individually.

Chris Haden retired from a career in the military in 2000. He saw service in Vietnam with the First Infantry Division and later joined the California Army National Guard as a full-time active duty member. His assignments led him to many far-flung destinations over the years, including Panama, Honduras, and Bangladesh. After retiring, Chris turned his hand to freelance writing and photography, with particular interest in the nature and boating fields. Catherine Haden spent her working career in the hospital patient administration field, including service on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Hospital Admitting Managers for many years. She also found time to serve as the technical editor for a medical book publisher. She followed husband Chris into retirement in 2003. Chris and Catherine have two sons, one now serving with the U.S. Army and one pursuing a career in hospital administration.


Beth and Richard and have also been "messing about in boats" at various times throughout their lives, and, for the last two plus decades, have been focused on "big boats." Coastal cruises have included numerous trips up and down the U.S. eastern seaboard, including the ICW, where they perfected the art of "achievable cruising" — cruise for a week or two, leave the boat, go home, come back a month or two later and continue on. Other adventures have taken them to Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Bahamas and Caribbean, the South Pacific, Pacific Northwest, the Baja, South America and the Mediterranean. They are firm believers in "going" even if it means taking the office along and technology has made that possible. Along the way, they've visited more than 3,000 marinas (most two, three or more times) on the east and west coasts of the U.S. as cruisers, authors and editors. They currently own and cruise a 40 ft. Leopard catamaran and a 26 ft. Glacier Bay powerboat.

Beth is the primary writer/photographer/editor of the Atlantic Cruising Club’s Guides to Marinas. She is also a new media producer and has spearheaded the design of the Guides and co-managed the development of Jerawyn’s proprietary Datastract™ publishing technology and supervise the website development team. In addition to her work on the ACC Guides, Beth is incubating the Water Lovers website (a travel resource for people with a passion for the water) and the Healthy Boat series (holistic approaches to crew lifestyle and vessel management). As the "Wandering Mariner," she writes articles on cruising, destinations and waterborne and water-oriented travel. In addition, Beth has produced numerous documentaries and multiple media projects on holistic living, ecology, peacemaking, and complementary medicine. She holds a doctorate in Technology and Media and a masters in Health Education both from Columbia University and a bachelors in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University.

Richard is publisher/editor of Jerawyn Publishing Inc., an umbrella company for the Atlantic Cruising Club and other publishing imprints focused on coastal lifestyles, maritime-oriented travel and holistic living. JPI's activities often involve the creation and publication of extensive databases of both factual and editorial information — including a library of over 20,000 nautical images. Richard has managed the design and development of a unique proprietary application that controls and manipulates this data. He is also president of Evergreen Capital Partners Inc. which undertakes merchant banking transactions both as an advisor and as a principal. Richard received a B. A. degree from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. When not reviewing marinas, editing books, attempting to close private equity deals, or out cruising, Richard is the bass player in the venerable 60’s rock ‘n’ roll band, Gary and the Wombats.