April 2012: Port completes boatyard expansion project
September 2011: Port awards $1.7 million construction contract to Strider Construction Co., Inc.
Recently, the Port invested more than $10 million in a new state-of-the-art, environmentally sound boatyard. As the region’s most modern facility, the Port’s boatyard eliminates contaminated run-off from directly entering the Puget Sound. The Port’s new boatyard complex exceeds current and future regulations set forth by the Department of Ecology. With new boatyard requirements looming, other area boatyards may be forced to close their doors, thus increasing the demand on the Port’s facility.
What is a Boatyard?
A boatyard is a commercial business engaged in the repair, and maintenance of small vessels; 85 percent of which are 65 feet or less in length. Services include haulouts, pressure washing, painting, welding and repairing hulls, engine repair and replacement, and other activities necessary to maintain a vessel. Boatyards connect industrial and recreational uses with good environmental stewardship practices.
About the Port of Everett Boatyard
The Port of Everett’s Craftsman District Boatyard has three main objectives:
The Port is fulfilling its economic development role by providing adequate boatyard space and services for its 2,300 boaters and 27,000 launch customers;
The Port is doing its part to ensure the overall health of Puget Sound; and
The Port is complying with its legal requirements under the federal Clean Water Act and Department of Ecology Boatyard rules.
To achieve these objectives, the Port has invested more than $10 million into a state-of-the-art zero direct runoff boatyard facility. All runoff in the Port’s Marine Craftsman District boatyard goes through a clean treatment process before entering the water. Because of current size restrictions, the Craftsman District Boatyard is supplemented by other Port-operated boatyards on site.
Furthermore, the District’s new additions will allow the Port to provide a centralized boat repair and service area to its 2,300 moorage holders, and hundreds of guest boaters.
What is the demand?
According to a 2010 BST Associates report, Snohomish County is significantly underserved by boatyard capacity.
A market review indicates Snohomish County’s 4,261 marina slips should have 177 boatyard spaces to adequately service the boaters (one boatyard space for every 24 marina slips).
Currently, the county has a combined capacity for 69 boatyard spaces (between Everett and Edmonds).
* The BST Associates report determined an additional 111 boatyard spaces are needed to accommodate boatyard demand.
*BST assumed the closure of the Port’s supplemental boatyards located on the Port Gardner Wharf site