After nearly 40 years of service offering moorage to the Puget Sound boating community, the docks at Eagle Harbor Marina were deteriorating and the water and electrical systems were barely operable. The marina had effectively reached the end of its useful life and needed a serious overall.
Fortunately for area boaters, a new majority ownership — who are active recreational boaters as well — acquired and undertook a total rebuild that was completed last week. The marina now has 110 slips that can accommodate vessels from 25 up to 150 feet.
But Eagle Harbor Marina isn’t just new, it’s also one of the most technologically advanced marinas on Puget Sound and has been certified as a “Green Marina.”
“One of our objectives was to create a first class facility with modern technology,” said Bob Wise, the marina’s general partner and manager. In doing so, the marina was built with a state of the art security system and electronically keyed gated entry, high definition security cameras and fiber optically connected commercial quality Wi-Fi throughout. A professional weather station provides instant updates via the Internet and real-time ground fault monitoring system allows marina management to identify and fix sources of stray electrical current in the water — which is an issue in many marina facilities that can cause excessive corrosion to vessels.
The Bainbridge facility has new docks with wide fairways and berths. One hundred-amp power service is available for larger vessels and the marina provides in-slip waste pump-out capability. There are onsite marina storage units just a few steps from the docks, allowing boaters to store seasonal gear such as shrimp and crab pots. Located on the south shore of Eagle Harbor at 5834 Ward Avenue NE, Bainbridge Island, there is ample parking and a shore side building with restroom, shower and laundry facilities.
“There is a scarcity of marina facilities in the region,” Wise said. “Many boat owners must find moorage in distant locations limiting the opportunity to enjoy one of the premier recreational activities available in the Puget Sound area. We were determined to preserve the opportunity for moorage in Eagle Harbor and at the same time create one of the finest marina facilities in the region.”
The marina is currently at 80 percent of capacity but is expected to be full by the start of the boating season, Wise said.
For more information, visit Eagle Harbor Marina’s website at www.eagleharbormarina.com.