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Bremerton Marina now 85 percent full

harbor3_18647849_ver1.0_640_480Bremerton Marina crept closer to full occupancy this summer.

Boats filled 187 of 221 permanent moorage slips in the downtown marina in July, up from 164 in July of 2015, and 88 back in 2012. July and August are peak months for the facility.

Marina marketing consultant Bob Wise told Port of Bremerton commissioners Tuesday that the port’s “two-for-one” moorage discount continues to reel in boaters.

The deal allows tenants to pay moorage every other month, if they agree to a two-year contract.

The port rolled out the discount in 2013, and offered it again at the Seattle Boat Show in January. That resulted in 31 new leases, Wise said.

Most tenants are sticking around to sign full-rate contracts after their two-year discounts expire. The retainment rate for boaters attracted by the two-for-one deal is about 70 percent, Wise said.

The discount “gives us an opportunity to showcase what we have to offer,” he said.

More downtown activity is also helping draw attention to the marina. A revamped Rock the Dock concert series drew large crowds this summer (the last concert of the season is Saturday). Brewfest and the Harbor Festival are popular with boaters.

The port continues to aggressively plug the marina on social media, in magazine ads, and at boat shows. Revenue has increased as slips filled up, but the facility is still far from breaking even.

Port of Bremerton raises covered moorage rents, late fees

Rents are going up for covered moorage tenants at the Port Orchard Marina.

Port of Bremerton commissioners approved a 5 percent rate hike for covered slips at their Tuesday meeting. Rents for the coveted spaces were below the industry standard, according to port staff.

The adjustment will raise rent on a 36-foot slip from about $306 a month to about $321. Revenue from the 158 covered slips will increase by $12,325 a year. See the PDF below for a full breakdown. The increase takes effect June 1.

Commissioners also approved increases to late fees for tenants across all port facilities. Late payments were a growing nuisance, according to port staff, who are tired of spending time collecting money from the same tardy tenants each month.

Late fees will increase from 1.5 percent with a $20 minimum, to 1.5 percent with a $40 minimum. The increase also takes effect June 1. Continue reading

Marina fees, marijuana on port agenda


Moorage increases

Guest moorage fees at the Bremerton and Port Orchard marinas may be headed up for the first time in three years.

blog.marina.1Port of Bremerton commissioners will vote Tuesday on 2014 marina tariff schedules that would increase guest moorage rates at both marinas.

The current rate for guest finger slips and side ties is $30 per night, plus 75 cents for every foot of boat length over 40 feet. The new rate would be $36 per night, plus 90 cents for every foot of boat length over 40 feet.

The staff proposal would also increase the monthly liveaboard fee at Port Orchard Marina to $75 and allow five more liveaboard tenants, bringing the total to 25. There is a waiting list for liveaboard slips.

No increases to permanent moorage rates are proposed. A detailed breakdown of all the proposed changes is included in the meeting agenda.

Taken together, the rate increases and new tenants would buoy the 2014 budget by an estimated $33,000. An update from the port’s marina marketing consultant is also on the Tuesday agenda.

Pot prohibition

Many cities and counties in Washington will allow legalized marijuana businesses to set up shop in industrial parks.

One Kitsap business park likely to be out of bounds for pot enterprises is the Olympic View Industrial Park, owned by the Port of Bremerton. Port commissioners will vote Tuesday on a resolution affirming its prohibition on marijuana on port properties. Continue reading