So you moored there after the price increase of 1996, before that they were very reasonable. The local's really bitched about that price increase. The company I worked for before retiring, built the new boat launch and the new heavy haul-out there in '96/'97. So we heard a lot of vocal opposition to the price increase weekly and sometimes almost daily, even though we had nothing to do with it. I would imagine after the latest upgrade a couple years ago, the price went up again.
Everett is kinda my home town, I raised as a toddler till elementary school there. My grandfather did boat repair down in the Port from the late 20's to the 50's, so I spent a lot of time down there. First started sailing there when I was a toddler with my grandpa. Learning to deal with the current there, especially docking in front closer to the main current, made every place I've encountered since, to be relatively easy.
The heavy haul out is pretty impressive. PT is a great place, but many long timers would prefer it never change, even if the change is an improvement. Unfortunately change is the single immutable law in the universe.
I like your reference to the "Salish Sea", very appropriate. It is not hard to imagine the area when the main traffic was Indian canoes. I always thought it was interesting that the world view of most of the Native American tribes in this area was from the water. The impressive natural resources set the stage for all the wonderful art...but I am wondering off topic