Semiahmooto lose shipyard

Published on Thu, Sep 21, 2006 by Jack Kintner

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Semiahmoo to lose shipyard

By Jack Kintner

The Trillium Corporation has terminated a year-to-year lease agreement it has had with Blaine Marine Services, and according to owner Bob Brooks it means “there will no longer be a shipyard on Semiahmoo Spit.”

Trillium’s Wayne Schwandt confirmed that “while we will continue to operate the fuel dock in some way, the upland repair yard and haul-out facility will go away.”

He said that Trillium is telling Brooks to vacate the property “in anticipation of the build-out of the spit” and added that “the chandlery, the boating store, will continue in some fashion” but that the development’s master plan calls for other uses at the upland repair yard site.

Brooks said that he is “investigating alternatives” but did not specify what those were because “we’re in discussions with some people but to say anything else right now would be premature.”

The Semiahmoo Marina can accommodate nearly 300 boats and is owned and operated by a condominium association of boaters who own their own slips. Blaine’s other marina is on Marine Drive and is operated by the Port of Bellingham.

It accommodates 629 recreational and pleasure boats plus a visitor’s dock over 700 feet long. A 30-ton travel lift is available at Westman Marine, and fuel is available from the Blaine Marina located on Fisherman’s Wharf.

Semiahmoo Marina Association board member Tom Long said that, “Brooks’ departure doesn’t have anything to do with the condo association. That’s an issue between Blaine Marine Services and the Trillium corporation.”

Long said that the association will need to have some dry-land facilities in the future such as a place for garbage collection and a marina office.