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Alyssa Lewis

Caitlin Fitch

Alyssa Lewis


Scene in S.B.

Boats and New Beginnings


I just like to be on the water, especially in Santa Barbara. There’s heaps of dolphins, and the city is so beautiful from the water,” said Alyssa Lewis while cleaning the Sunset Kidd, the boat she’s working on for two weeks before heading off to her next destination in the Caribbean. Originally from Santa Barbara, Lewis got her first boat job in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since. She hops all over the world, working on sea crafts, most recently in Alaska. “It’s not hard to find boat work if you have experience and are a nice person. I just have to pick which island I’m going to next,” she added.

By Caitlin Fitch

Colleen Talavera

Things were getting out of hand at home, so I decided to move out here and turn my life around,” said Colleen Talavera while looking out at the ocean from the harbor. Talavera is currently six months into her treatment for alcohol addiction at Casa Serena and plans on staying in Santa Barbara for a full year before returning home to Lompoc for good. “I come out near the water to meditate because it’s soothing and serene. It gives me a chance to absorb everything from the weekend,” she said.

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