Shilshole Splash March 2017

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Welcome to the new Shilshole Splash newsletter! This is the same newsletter - content and frequency - with a new look and delivery system. Please be sure to add to your safe-sender list to ensure you continue to receive these updates.

Coming soon: 2017 customer satisfaction survey


We're getting ready to launch the annual customer satisfaction survey and encourage you to participate! Many of you completed a survey last year and we have built work plans focused on several areas you identified. This is your chance to offer your feedback and see if the work plans are getting results.

Watch for the survey in your email inbox soon!

Lindsay Pulsifer
Managing Director, Maritime Division
Port of Seattle

Update: new restroom & laundry facilities

The team spent the last several months exploring the feasibility of adding a second floor to the new restroom buildings. Their extensive review found that the construction costs were very high and that the second floor was not financially viable in the current construction market and its pricing. As a result, the project will move ahead with three single-story buildings as presented last fall. The team will also pursue the paving project at the end of the construction. 

The new timetable includes:

  • Design at 60%: May, 2017
  • Shilshole Community Meeting: May/June, 2017
  • Design at 90% & permits submitted: July/August, 2017
  • Construction project out to bid: December, 2017
  • Start of construction: April, 2018

In an effort to make the buildings more sustainable, the team is exploring a geothermal heating system to serve as the main heating source. These systems use a closed-loop ground source heat pump to draw energy from 300’ below the ground’s surface and use it to heat the buildings. While the initial system can be more expensive than a traditional heating system, over time it pays for itself as energy bills are reduced. A test well--300’ deep-- will be drilled at the end of March. The activity will take approximately one week in an area near M-4.

Solar photovoltaic systems are also planned for the restrooms, and together with the geothermal heat source, they would substantially increase the buildings energy independence, provide cost savings and environmental advantages.

Background: The restroom/laundry project provides three new buildings at Shilshole. The two larger buildings include showers, restrooms and laundry facilities and are approximately 3,000 square feet. The new laundry facilities will offer twice as many washer/dryers. A new North End building will provide showers and restrooms in about 900 square feet. In comparison, each of the existing buildings are about 900 square feet and built in 1962.  

Safety & security: daylight savings

With increasing daylight hours, more people are expected at Shilshole Bay Marina once Daylight Saving time begins March 12. Unfortunately, criminal activity tends to increase in the spring too. Following are a few tips for protecting your property at the marina:

  • Avoid storing valuables in your vehicles, and if you must, place items in your trunk or out of sight. Thieves sometimes will break a window just to see what is in a package, case, or backpack.
  • Make sure your boat is secure. Double-check hatches, portholes, and doors every time you leave your boat.
  • Secure your dinghy and other equipment.
  • Make sure the staff at the marina office has your updated contact information including alternative contacts, especially if you plan on traveling. The alternative contact is someone who can respond to a problem with your boat when you are unavailable.
  • Get to know your neighbors, and ask someone to check on your boat while you are away.
  • Keep a flashlight in your vehicle or even a small one on your key chain.
  • Report burned-out parking or dock lights to the marina office.
  • Ensure the gates lock behind you.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the Port of Seattle Police by calling 911 and contact the marina office at 206-601-4089.

Safety first!

Environmental: Clean Captain's Club

We are rewarding good marina neighbors and customers again in 2017 with a Signature Marina Burgee through our Clean Captain’s Club! Pick-up a Clean Captain's Club application, fulfill the seven to-do's (you've likely done several already), and get a burgee - it's that easy! The categories are:

  1. Slip Cleanliness
  2. Insurance Compliance
  3. Sewage Compliance
  4. Vessel Condition
  5. Good Neighbor
  6. Marina Account in Good Standing
  7. Signed up for the Splash newsletter

And don't forget about the Clean Captain's Club Dock Challenge! The dock that has the most Clean Captains at the end of the year will be recognized in the Splash Newsletter, receive a special burgee for their dock, and will be treated with snacks at one of the 2018 outdoor movies.

Boat safely: Boater Education Card

Boaters in Washington need to have their Washington State Boater Education Card with them when operating a boat 15 horsepower or greater. Boater operators born before January 1,1955 are exempt but may choose to get a card if they plan to boat in Canada or Oregon since both require mandatory education. To learn more, visit the Washington State Parks Boating Program website.

Calendar: fun & reminders

  • Seattle's Best Marinas Photo Contest through September 4 - Have a great photo of Bell Harbor Marina, Harbor Island Marina, and/or Shilshole Bay Marina? Enter the photo contest to get your photo published in the 2018 Seattle's Best Marinas calendar! Have your credited work seen by over 600 boaters!
  • Port 2 Port through December 31 - Stay at both Bell Harbor Marina and Shilshole Bay Marina in 2017 and receive a five-piece boater gift set and your choice of baseball hat or burgee! Groups and clubs welcome.
  • Proof of sewage compliance due March 31, June 30, September 30 & December 31 - Liveaboards can submit compliance reports via fax at 206-787-3391, by email at, or at the marina office. (There is a drop box located to the left of the office door, across from the restrooms.) If you have questions, call the office at 206-787-3006.
  • Dock Captain meetings - The remaining 2017 Dock Captain Meetings will take place from 6pm to 8pm on March 14, June 13, and September 12 at Corinthian Yacht Club, Shilshole Bay Marina, V Dock.
  • Shilshole Boatfest: Seas the Bay! on June 10 - Formerly known as our National Marina Day event, Shilshole Boatfest is being retooled to help landlubbers get into boating and to celebrate the community.
  • Classic Weekend at Bell Harbor Marina June 16-18 - Enjoy Father's Day weekend with nearly 50 Classic Yacht Association motoryachts - most available to board - on display in Bell Harbor Marina in stunning downtown Seattle.
  • Movies at the Marina on July 21 & August 11 -  Free, family-friendly, dog-friendly, outdoor movies at dusk. Let Captain Ron (PG-13) take you away on July 21 and sneak at peek at The Secret Life of Pets (PG) on August 11!
  • National Night Out on August 1 - Moorage customer BBQ to strengthen neighborhood spirit, heighten crime prevention awareness, and meet your neighbors.
  • Deck the Hulls on December 8 - Celebrate the holidays and the end of a great year with us!
  • Races & regattas
  • American Spirit cruise schedule
2017 Movies at the Marina

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