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WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

We are located in north Seattle next to the Chittenden Locks in Ballard. We are in fresh water just inside of the locks on the north side of Salmon Bay. Please see the map and driving instructions.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

From North or Southbound I-5 take the 45th street exit #169 and turn West onto 45th Street and travel approximately 1 mile. Turn slightly right onto N Midvale Pl. North Midvale becomes N. Market St., travel for 3.4 miles and turn left at 30th Ave. which is the entrance to the Chittenden Locks. Cross over the railroad tracks and turn left. Our address is 5350 30th Ave NW Seattle WA 98107.

WHAT IS DRY STACK MOORAGE?

Dry Stack Moorage utilizes covered boat racks that provide a protected place for your boat while you are not using it. Anytime during working hours your boat can be launched or put back in dry storage at your request. The rack structure has four levels and the boats are gently placed in individual racks with a specially designed marine forklift.

WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE IN KEEPING MY BOAT OUT OF THE WATER AND IN A COVERED BOAT RACK?

You as a boat owner will realize a number of benefits when your boat is stored out of the water. Most notably:

  • minimize the growth of grasses and other organic material that normally grow on the hull and mechanical parts when your boat sits in water.
  • limit the amount of time that your sterndrive and other mechanical components are exposed to the corrosive action of water, thereby reducing your maintenance costs.
  • eliminate the need to paint the bottom of your hull with anti-fouling paint every year if the boat is not expected to endure long periods of time stored in the water.

All these factors contribute to maintaining the value of your investment and help minimize your overall annual maintenance costs. For those customers that are going cruising in Puget Sound, your engine or cooling system is automatically flushed in fresh water once you return through the locks and before the boat is re-stored in the rack.

DO YOU HAVE IN WATER MOORAGE DURING  AND AFTER LAUNCH OPERATIONS ARE COMPLETE?

Yes. We have approximately 200’ of dock that is dedicated for rack customers boats. This dock is dedicated for loading/unloading and staging boats before they depart and when they return.

IS THERE PARKING AVAILABLE AT YOUR FACILITY?

Yes. We have a parking lot that you can park in for free for 24 hours while you are actively using your boat. We also offer a few premium parking spot inside the facility for $50.00 per month. Longer term parking arrangements can be made by calling (206) 213-9999.

WHAT IS THE LARGEST BOAT YOU CAN HANDLE?

We can presently handle boats up to 36’ long x 11’ wide as long as the loaded weight of the boat is less than 13,000lbs.

ARE LAUNCH CHARGES SEPARATE FROM THE RACK STORAGE?

There are no charges for launch and haul services. Launches and retrievals throughout the year are unlimited and are a part of the service included in the Dry Stack Service.

HOW MUCH NOTICE MUST I GIVE TO HAVE MY BOAT IN THE WATER?

During working hours one hour notice is sufficient. If you are going to go boating after our normal operating hours please give us as much notice as possible. All requests for launching should be made before 3pm. Upon your arrival your boat will be in the water and tied to the dock.

From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Weekend, launch and retrieval operations run 7 days per week.  If you are considering using your boat on a weekend that is outside this summer window, simply call and have your boat launched on Friday prior to 3 PM.

When you return to the facility simply tie the boat to the dock or alongside another boat.. If you have not given the fork operator any indications that you intend to use the boat again, the boat will be placed back into the rack the next day or on Monday during winter hours. An extra set of keys should be left with us in case we need to move the boat during launch and haul times. The ‘splashline’ (206) 619-6053, will connect you directly with the forklift operator.

IS THERE ANYWHERE I CAN WORK ON MY BOAT AFTER IT IS IN THE WATER?

Due to insurance issues and restrictions by our local Department of Ecology we do not allow owners to work on their boat or do any fueling while the boat is in the water.   We can place your boat on a work rack where as an owner you are welcome to do clean up and minor repair work. Call the ‘splashline’ to make those arrangements.

DO YOU HAVE GAS AT YOUR FACILITY?

No, we do not have fueling facilities at our dock at this time. The nearest gas dock is about 5 minutes away.

HOW DO I DELIVER MY BOAT FOR THE FIRST TIME?

Your boat may be brought in either by water or on a trailer. The best is by water as it is the least time consuming method. You are encouraged to fill out a contract ahead of time and drop it off along with proof of insurance prior to bringing the boat in. To arrange a delivery time please call (206) 284-0200.

IF I WANT TO GO INTO PUGET SOUND, WHAT IS THE AVERAGE TIME FOR LOCKING?

The average time for small boats to enter and exit the small locks is ½ hour each way. On holiday weekends this can be a little longer. The locks are open 24 hrs a day.

IS MY BOAT SECURE AT YOUR FACILITY?

Jacobson Terminals is fenced and locked during non-business hours. The only access to the facility is through a key pad protected gate. There are also a few live-aboard tenants that are at the Terminal at all times. We have had no major incidences with respect to theft or vandalism however, we do not warrant against them.

WHO DO I CONTACT FOR CONTRACT AND LEASE ISSUES?

You can call our office at (206) 284-0200, email us at info@wpmarine.com or stop by our office at 5350 30th Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107. Storage Agreements can be emailed to you or picked up in our site office.

WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR PAYING THE MONTHLY MOORAGE FEES?

Our preferred method and the method that most customers use is ACH transfer that is an authorized transfer on the 1st of each month.  As an alternative we do accept chacks or cash received by the first of the month.  The monthly rate that you are quoted reflects a 2.5% cash discount.