Shilshole Splash January 2018

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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.

News from around the Port: new Executive Director and Commissioners


Newly appointed Executive Director Stephen Metruck

The Port of Seattle Commission is proud to announce the appointment of retired U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Stephen P. Metruck as its new Executive Director. Metruck brings 34 years of executive experience in maritime, security and financial leadership to his new role. Most recently, Metruck was Commander of the Mid-Atlantic Region, overseeing 3,600 military and civilian personnel, and before that, responsibility for planning and execution of the $10 billion U.S. Coast Guard budget.

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Newly elected Commissioners Ryan Calkins and Peter Steinbrueck

The Port of Seattle would also like to welcome new Commissioners Ryan Calkins and Peter Steinbrueck, who won their seats in the November election. Calkins and Steinbrueck are replacing Commissioners Tom Albro and John Creighton.

Read more about the Commission

Port Commission votes to purchase Salmon Bay Marina

Salmon Bay Marina location


The Port of Seattle Commission voted to purchase Salmon Bay Marina, located on the Ship Canal adjacent to the Port’s Fishermen’s Terminal facility. The five acre property contains five docks supporting 166 slips measuring 6,547 lineal feet of moorage on freshwater. The purchase price was $15,679,120.
“The purchase of Salmon Bay Marina is a step toward fulfilling our Century Agenda goal to double the number of jobs in our region associated with fishing and maritime and is financially smart for the Port,” said Commission President Tom Albro. “It also protects urban industrial and maritime land, which is also environmentally wise.”

Read the press release and frequently asked questions

Seattle Boat Show: free tickets for monthly moorage customers, guest moorage promotion, more

Boat Show Afloat
Be sure to visit the Seattle Boat Show's new Bell Harbor Marina location!

Complimentary tickets for monthly moorage customers

Shilshole Bay Marina is pleased to offer complimentary tickets to the Seattle Boat Show for monthly moorage customers! Tickets are available on a first-come, first served basis. Limit one ticket per monthly moorage slip. Tickets are available for pick-up at the Shilshole Bay Marina office at 7001 Seaview Ave NW, Ste 100, Seattle.

Boat Show Bundle: 50% off guest moorage, a ticket, and shuttle service

Celebrate the boat show with our first-ever Boat Show Bundle promotion: 50% off your ENTIRE guest moorage stay during the Seattle Boat Show complete with one complimentary ticket and a shuttle ride to/from the show! There is a limited number of tickets, so make your reservation today.

We want to ensure we can walk before we start running, so - for now - the shuttle is only part of the guest moorage promotion.

Make a moorage reservation

Visit us at the show

Visit Shilshole Bay Marina at the Port of Seattle booth (East 720) at the Seattle Boat Show January 26 through February 3, 2018! Also be sure to check-out the boat show's new afloat show at Bell Harbor Marina and enjoy free parking across the street with purchase of an e-ticket.

Learn more about the Bell Harbor Marina show location and free parking

Yearly recap & look-ahead from Director of Recreational Boating



Happy New Year, boaters, and thank you for mooring with us in 2017!

Here is a quick overview of the projects completed and in the works for Shilshole Bay Marina. We look forward to

2017 recap

  • Dock cart stations installed at gate heads
  • Lighting system upgraded and programmed
  • Marina Building front landscaping nearly complete
  • G-Dock water line installed
  • Purchased marina-wide PA system to be installed in 2018
  • Purchased additional dock carts
  • Replaced H-Dock ramp panels
  • Installed 25 new dinghy racks
  • Installed new dock safety ladders
  • Enclosed F and G-Dock garbage areas
  • Installed additional outlets on Central Plaza for events
  • Seven docks pressure-washed and sealed

2018 look-ahead

  • Restroom project expected to break ground in mid-June/July
  • Duke’s restaurant project expected to break ground in August/September
  • M-1 restroom remodel
  • New hazmat container
  • Ordering dinghy racks for all slips
  • Refurbish/repair G-Dock pilings (20 years old)
  • Refresh parking island landscaping in areas north of the Marina Building
  • Replacement of fire line pipe hangers as needed
  • Replace electrical pedestal meters when doing preventative maintenance on units
  • Purchase two new power movers for dry moorage yard
  • Potential purchase and replacement of security cameras throughout marina
  • Budgeted for and currently researching a customer notification system that would contact all of our customers in cases of emergency.
  • Budgeted to test Seabin device that removes floating debris from the water
  • Leif statue is scheduled for maintenance

Medical emergency/high rate of speed incident summary

As you may know, a vessel entered Shilshole Bay Marina at a high rate of speed the afternoon of December 28, 2017 due to a medical emergency onboard.

Unfortunately, due to the high wake, there was damage done to the docks and possibly several vessels on F and G-Docks. We recommend customers on those docks check their vessels for any damage if you have not yet done so.

We would like to thank the emergency responders and Shilshole Bay Marina staff and customers who helped during and after the incident.

Reminder to check your emergency notification contacts

The medical emergency and subsequent damage gave marina staff another opportunity to put the text alert system to the test. Text alerts are used for urgent notifications and allow staff to immediately notify boaters about a situation. 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.

2018 rate and policy updates


Rate updates

The Port of Seattle recently completed its annual review of moorage rates and current market conditions in the area. After this review, rates are adjusted accordingly.

Effective January 1, 2018, monthly moorage rates at Shilshole Bay Marina increased by 6%. Other rates and fees have also been adjusted. These changes are located in Tariff #6 for Shilshole Bay Marina. The new rates will be reflected on the January 2018 billing statements.

View Shilshole Bay Marina rates

View Moorage Tariff No. 6

Updated moorage termination policy

In order to better serve our customers, we have updated our termination policy. Instead of requiring a full calendar months’ notice you may now submit written notice to terminate moorage at any time and your moorage will terminate 30-days from said notice.

Updated sublease policy

We have made some changes to the sublease policy, which are highlighted in this sublease letter. Additional details can be found within the newly updated Shilshole Bay Marina Moorage Tariff #6, available on the website by January 1, 2018.

We are no longer posting the list of current customers who wish to sublease their slip on the marina bulletin board. Instead, interested sublessees will be directed to the marina office. Once we have obtained the required documentation from the potential sublessee, as listed in the sublease letter, for subleases of seven days or longer, we will provide the sublessee the list of moorage customers interested in subleasing their slips. We hope you will appreciate this improvement so that only customers who meet marina moorage requirements will be able to contact you directly.

Read more in the November 2017 sublease letter

Calendar: fun and reminders

  • Port 2 Port through December 31 - Stay at both Bell Harbor Marina and Shilshole Bay Marina in 2018 and receive a KOOZIE Collapsible Cooler! Groups and clubs welcome.
  • Dock Captain meetings - The remaining 2018 Dock Captain Meetings will take place from 6pm to 8pm on March 13, June 12, September 11 at Corinthian Yacht Club, Shilshole Bay Marina, V Dock. 
  • Seattle Boat Show January 26 through February 3 - Visit the Port of Seattle recreational marinas at the Seattle Boat Show!
  • Clipper Round the World Yacht Race April 2018 - The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race returns to Bell Harbor Marina in April 2018! We're excited to partner again with Clipper Round the World, Visit Seattle, and the Seattle Sports Commission to bring this race and its associated activities back to the Pacific Northwest and our community of boaters. Stay tuned for details!
  • American Spirit cruise schedule


  • Dinghy storage: dinghies can be stored on your vessel, a dinghy rack, or in the water provided it does not interfere with or impede your neighbor’s ability to move their vessel. Dinghy racks are available for rental for $5 per month + tax and will be promptly installed by marina staff. Owners are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of their dinghies, including pumping out accumulated rainwater. Dinghies that are deemed to be at risk or an environmental hazard by marina staff may be pumped out or removed by staff at the owner’s expense at the current rate/fee.
  • Please pick-up your 2018 parking passes in the marina office.
  • Proof of sewage compliance due March 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.

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