South & Central Puget Sound
- Port of Olympia Swan Town Marina Fuel Dock Opening (July 7, 2017)
The Port of Olympia is just putting the finishing touches on their new $2.5M state of the art fuel dock. The dock is spacious with room for multiple boats and five fuel pumps for gas, two low-pressure diesel, one medium pressure diesel and one commercial diesel pump with high pressure fills for large commercial vessels. The dock shed and the office has lubricants and limited supplies. Watch for the Grand Opening in early August for this much needed facility in the South Sound. It should be open for business in July. Call 360-528-8049 for more information.
- Gig Harbor (July 7, 2017)
It is always fun to pull into one of your favorite destinations and see something new. The city of Gig Harbor funded a striking new building above the Jersich dock. The building features a plaza, new bathrooms, and showers. An observation deck and stairway to overlook the harbor was incorporated into the design. (See below about Skansie Brothers Park.)
Adjacent to the new park is the Gig Harbor Marina and Resort with the well known JW Trolley for food to enjoy under the sun at picnic tables. The resort has rooms available for those who may not have accommodations on their boat. They now have a new program called “Fleet Suites” you or your friends can spend the night on a boat. You can buzz over in a small fast boat from Des Moines or Seattle and spend the night or the weekend in Gig Harbor. Think of this as the VRBO for boats. They already have your choice of 3 boats and have room for 7 more. Those who want to place their boats into the program should call Ron at 253-858-3535.
- Gig Harbor, WA (June 16, 2017)
After nine months, the construction at Skansie Brothers Park in Gig Harbor, WA is complete! The park, a favorite for locals and visitors, reopened with much fanfare at the beginning of June. New features of the Welcome Plaza include a bigger restroom facility with showers for visiting boaters, laundry facilities, and power and water at the city dock. There is also is a viewing deck with tables and chairs on top of the restrooms, a Fisherman’s Memorial statue and a splash fountain water feature that children, and for those young at heart, are sure to enjoy on hot summer days. The park is also the location of the Gig Harbor Waterfront Farmers Market, a free summer concert series and movies, festivals and more!
- New Trolley Service in Tacoma – Downtown to Point Defiance (4/25/17)
This summer, it will be easier for boaters to explore Tacoma’s Point Defiance with the NEW Downtown to Defiance trolley route. Service on this route will run from June 2 through September 3, 2017. The hours have not be finalized, but most likely will be Friday thru Sunday from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm, every 30 minutes. Price: $1 adults and youth, .50¢ seniors.