Shilshole Splash May 2017

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Welcome to the Shilshole Bay Marina newsletter, a community resource covering marina news and tips as well as Port of Seattle opportunities.

Duke's Location

Duke's Chowder House is coming to Shilshole

On Tuesday, May 9 the Port of Seattle Commission approved a 20-year lease for Duke's Chowder House to construct and operate a restaurant at Shilshole Bay Marina!

Duke's will construct a 6,500 square foot full service restaurant with outdoor deck and seating in the central plaza near the marina administration building. Design and permitting work is starting now, and the construction is anticipated to start mid-2018 with a mid-2019 restaurant opening.

Associated site preparations will include the creation of a short-term parking area (133 spaces), however no reserved parking is included.

Thank you to all who have supported and provided input on recruiting a restaurant for the marina!

Read the press release

Enjoy food trucks, a beer/wine garden, live music, and more at Shilshole Boatfest and Seas the Bay!

Fun for boaters and future-boaters alike at Shilshole Boatfest


Help your friends get into boating while enjoying food and fun

This FREE event will get landlubbers out on a boat (or a few) and introduce them to all sorts of folks who can help them get into boating (even without a boat), show them how to boat safety, and teach them about protecting the environment while they boat so they can continue to enjoy the water after the event.

Current boaters and landlubbers will also enjoy Napkin Friends314 Pie & Mini...The Dough-Nut food trucks, Maritime Pacific Brewing Company beer and Domanico Cellars wine garden, live music, and kids' activities including two sea-themed bounce houses.

View the complete lineup

Boat fire response summary

As you may know, two boats on M-dock – M-64 and M-66 – caught fire before 1am on April 8. The Seattle Fire Department responded and the fires were extinguished. There were no injuries or fatalities. Unfortunately one vessel sank, one vessel sustained extensive damage, and a third adjacent vessel that had been removed during the slip during the incident sustained minor damage. The boat that sank had a minimal gasoline spill, but it has since been floated and removed from its slip. The cause of the fire has not yet been identified and is under investigation by the Seattle Fire Department (SFD).

We would like to thank the SFD and our staff for their response during this incident. After an internal debriefing, we found all involved acted appropriately with just a few ideas for minor improvements in the event of a future boat fire.

We would also like to thank you all for your help in watching over the Shilshole Bay Marina community.

New text alert used in boat fire incident

The recent boat fire gave marina staff an opportunity to put the newly launched text alert system to the test.

Text alerts are used for urgent notifications and allow staff to immediately notify boaters about a situation. In the boat fire case, the text message informed customers a fire had taken place and that the boat owners directly affected by the fire had already been contacted directly.  

The alert provided an efficient way to communicate and we encourage all moorage customers to sign up by texting “BOAT” to (206) 258-6988.

Please also review the emergency contact information we have for you on file, as that is the information we use to contact boaters when an incident affects their vessel/slip which we will do immediately upon learning of any emergency. You are also welcome to call the marina office.

Dogs showing off their leashes.


Ensuring Your Four-Legged Friend is a Good Neighbor

We hope you enjoyed our inaugural Shilshole Celebrates Earth Day campaign, where we distributed dog poop bag holders and leashes in honor of Earth Day and as part of the Port of Seattle's efforts to improve the health of our communities.

As we head into peak boating season, please remind your pets of the policy for being a good neighbor at the marina:

  • Don't be disruptive to other tenants: use inside voices, don't invade other tenants' personal space or property, and so on.
  • Wear your leash (nay: "show it off!") at all times and in all places at the marina, including the best of behaved.
  • Dispose of your "business" in the garbage can immediately after finishing it.

Thank you all for communicating this to your pets for us!

Watch a related funny video

Top 10 things you can do to help the marine environment

In addition to distributing dog poop bag holders and leashes for Earth Day, Shilshole Bay Marina shared environmental tips on the Facebook page all week long. If you missed the social media campaign, you can view all the tips on a handy Top 10 Things You Can Do to Help the Marine Environment flier!

View the flier

Old sail donation/recycling

The Resail Project keeps old sails out of landfills by providing sails for developing countries in the south Pacific and for shelter for homeless people here and in Mexico.

If you’re getting new sails and would like to see your old sails help people in need, please consider donating them to the ReSail Project.

Donate your old sails at Dockside Solutions during business hours June 6 - 10.

The sails will be presented to the Resail Project at Shilshole Boatfest on June 10.

RSVP to and share the Facebook event

Home will be waiting after your adventures when you sublet your slip.

Sublease Program

Planning on subleasing your slip this summer?

Brush-up on the Sublease Program here

Cruising parking P's & Q's

Stretching your sea legs a bit this summer?

We would like to remind marina customers and their guests that 2017 Parking Permits are required for all permit parking areas. If you or your guests are parked in a permit parking area without a clearly visible 2017 Shilshole Bay Marina Parking Permit, your vehicle will be towed at your expense. Vehicles with 2016 Parking Permits will also be towed. Per our parking policy, all vehicles using Shilshole Bay Marina parking lots - permit or open parking - must be used at least once every 15 days.

Please contact marina staff at 206-601-4089 with any questions regarding parking or stop by the marina office to obtain your 2017 Parking Permit.

Thanks and happy cruising!

Have a great photo of a Port of Seattle marina? Enter the photo contest to be included in the 2018 Seattle's Best Marinas calendar!

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.
  • Harley Marine Maritime Festival Family Fun Day on May 13 - Don't miss the boat at Seattle's largest maritime industry celebration!
  • Marina office holiday hours on May 29 - The Shilshole Bay Marina office will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday on May 29. The 24-hour emergency phone (206-601-4089) will still be available during that time.
  • 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.
  • Dock Captain meetings - The remaining 2017 Dock Captain Meetings will take place from 6pm to 8pm on June 13, and September 12 at Corinthian Yacht Club, Shilshole Bay Marina, V Dock.
  • 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. (Visit via land - no moorage available.)
  • Proof of sewage compliance due 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.
  • 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
A student gets hands-on experience during their internship

News from around the Port

The Port of Seattle is set to host 150 summer interns in 2017

The Port of Seattle is filling 150 paid internships for high school and college students. The internship program, which tripled the number of positions offered from two years ago, is one element of the Port’s community-based effort to close the labor gap as the Boomer Generation leaves the workforce.

We look forward to hosting some of the interns here at Shilshole Bay Marina! Be on the watch for new faces starting this summer.

Read more

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