Backstay Creative

Ballard-based marine publisher specializing in rugged marine logbooks, boat cards, and checklists.

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Locally Owned & Independent
Ethical Sourcing
Community Giving
Diverse Ownership

Backstay started with the simple idea of giving boaters more time to have fun on the water. Rooted in the belief that boating is for all – regardless of their background, gender, and age – Backstay creates products to make boating safe and fun while connecting and bringing people together.

Founded in the heart of the Ballard marine community in Seattle, Backstay is a response to the unique demands and challenges of sea adventures where quality, reliability, and thoughtfulness are the foundation of a safe and enjoyable time on the water. The stresses and difficulties of offshore passage are akin those of space exploration and scientific expeditions. That’s why Backstay products are built to last and withstand the harshest conditions staying alongside you as your trusted mates and reliable partners.


sailing, boating, cruising, logbooks, boat cards, offshore, nautical, journals, marine

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