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

Seaview Boatyard Leads in Reducing Hazardous Runoff

Seaview Boatyard

Pictured: Phil Riise and Thiel Riise say making sustainable business decisions is part of their company’s core values.

Environmental Excellence for Innovation in the Small Business Category

Seaview Boatyard, a family owned business located at Shilshole Bay Marina installed an advanced stormwater reclamation system in 2008, which helped pave the way for similar systems industrywide. The efforts helped win the company a Port of Seattle Environmental Excellence Award.

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Make Shilshole Bay Your Next Destination

Shilhsole Bay Marina

Call 24 hours in advance to reserve guest moorage.

Guest Moorage Available Year-Round at Shilshole Bay Marina

Unwind and soak up the Pacific Northwest's beauty in our guest moorage slips. From your boat you can enjoy the Olympic Mountain view and beautiful sunset every evening at Shilshole Bay. Take a morning stroll on our boardwalk destined for Golden Gardens Beach Park, or walk into downtown Ballard and enjoy amazing restaurants, shops, and more!

Guest Moorage Services and Amenities at Shilshole:

  • Complimentary Shuttle Van into Downtown Ballard
  • Free Cable TV
  • Picnic Tables, BBQ's and Beautiful Plaza Space
  • Bocce Ball Court and Game Supplies
  • Docking Assistance Upon Request
  • Overnight Parking Available
  • Propane BBQ and Tents Available for Groups and Yacht Clubs

Call the Shilshole Bay Marina Office at (206) 787-3006 to make your reservation today!

Security and Safety Zone Warning

Do not approach within 100 yards of any Navy Vessel, Washington State Ferry, or tank ship. If you need to pass within 100 yards of these vessels in order to ensure a safe passage in accordance with the navigation rules you must contact the tank ship on VHF-FM channel 16 or 13. You must operate at minimum speed within 500 yards of any of these vessel types.

Do not approach within 1000 yards of any escorted United States Navy Submarine. If you need to pass within 1000 yards of a submarine to ensure safe passage in accordance with the navigation rules you must contact the United States Coast Guard Escort on VHF-FM channel 16 or 13.

New PA System Installed at Shilshole Bay Marina

Shilshole PA System

Pictured: Completed PA system installed on V dock.

The new PA system is part of our efforts to expand our channels of communication with our customers. The system allows us to communicate specific messages to individual docks or groups of docks so we can broadcast messages during emergencies.

As the project nears completion, you may be hearing some testing over the speakers.

Follow us on Facebook for test alerts.

Summer Sublease Opportunities and Policy Updates

Shilshole Bay Marina

The Shilshole Bay Marina Office is open Monday - Saturday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

Sublease Options for Monthly Moorage Customers

As you are getting ready to go boating for the summer here are a few things to keep in mind. As an amenity to our monthly moorage customers, you have the option to sublease your slip. Subleasing while you are out cruising is a good way to recoup some of your moorage costs while you are out enjoying the Puget Sound and Pacific Northwest!

In January, we changed our sublease policy and process. Here's how to do it:

1. Fill out a sublease application/agreement

2. Sign a Best Management Practices Document

3. Provide Washington State or Coast Guard Registration, and proof of insurance.

4. Receive approval from the Shilshole Bay Marina Office.

The sublease list will no longer be posted on the bulletin board outside the office. Please contact the Shilshole Office at (206) 787-3006 with any questions you may have.

View Sublease Application/Agreement

Vacation Parking at Shilshole Bay Marina

If you are planning to leave your car behind while cruising, please stop by the office with your vehicle information and license plate number. In addition, we ask that you do not leave a car in the parking lot longer than two weeks*. With construction on the horizon, letting us know where your car will be parked is crucial for our planning.

*Manager approval must be obtained and duration is subject to change.

View Parking Policy

Shilshole Docks: Pressure-Washing and Seal-Coating

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Shilshole Bay Marina staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Summer Dock Cleaning

During the summer months, we will be pressure washing and seal coating some docks at Shilshole Bay Marina. Docks J, K, L, M, U, and V are scheduled to be cleaned and coated. The cleaning work on J and K docks has already started.

Please do your best to keep the docks clear of any belongings or debris, so our maintenance team can complete their work quickly.

Community Events and Promotions

Movies at the marina

Join us for Movies at the Marina in August! Click here for a full list of Maritime Events.

  • National Night Out - August 7 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Moorage customers are invited to a BBQ to meet Port of Seattle Police, staff, and management group. Interact with Port officials and other tenants to learn about our safety programs.
  • Port 2 Port through December 31 - Stay at both Bell Harbor Marina and Shilshole Bay Marina in 2018 and receive a free collapsible cooler! Groups and yacht clubs welcome.
  • Dock Captain Meetings - The last 2018 Dock Captain Meeting of the year will take place from 6pm to 8pm on September 11 at Corinthian Yacht Club, Shilshole Bay Marina, V Dock. 
  • Seattle Boat Show January 25 through February 2 - Visit the Port of Seattle booth at the Seattle Boat Show!
  • Movies at the Marina August 3 featuring "Overboard" and August 17 featuring "Moana". Movies start at dusk on the Shilshole Bay Marina plaza. Bring your blankets and chairs. Free admission.
  • Fishermen's Fall Festival September 15 from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm. Learn about the working waterfront, eat delicious seafood, and watch survival suit races. Free admission.
  • American Spirit Cruise Schedule - You will often see American Cruise Lines' small cruise ship at Shilshole Bay Marina. Learn more about their Pacific Northwest and Alaska Cruises.

Stay in Touch

Here are a few ways to follow what's happening at Shilshole:

  • Follow us on Facebook.
  • Subscribe to text updates for Shilshole Bay Marina. Text "boat" to (206) 258-6988.
  •  Subscribe to Connections, the Port of Seattle newsletter.