It’s been a long two years, but now, as the weather warms, flowers begin to sprout, and mask mandates are lessened and removed, it’s beginning to feel like a new day in Olympia.
Events are making a comeback! Organizations are full steam ahead and people are excited to get out to enjoy the Olympia waterfront once again this summer.
This summer spring and summer are already looking busy. To help guide you through the next couple of months, here’s a roundup of some of the events taking place on the Port of Olympia's waterfront and surrounding areas.
Looking for a little more adventure? Come by boat and spend the weekend on Swantown Marina’s guest dock. Call (360) 528-8049 for reservations or visit our website.
CONGRATULATIONS, TJ QUANDT
Congratulations to Sr. Harbor Manager TJ Quandt for being voted onto the Board of Directors for the Pacific Coast Congress of Harbormasters and Marina Managers!
NEW MARINA SOFTWARE
Swantown is committed to superior service and with Molo, we look forward to providing a new level of convenience to all Marina and Boatyard patrons. Molo will allow our customers to online bill pay, online guest moorage reservations, electronic contracts and signatures, and Dockside assistance and payment.
HARBOR PATROL IS BACK!
You'll see the Harbor Patrol volunteers on the water during weekend days.
Make sure to check out Swantown Marina's Parking Maps to find day and night designated parking areas.
We’re just weeks away from the 2022 boating season, and Swantown Boatworks is bustling with boats! We want your experience at the boatyard to be smooth sailing, so we’ve put together a few tips for your boatyard experience.
The day of the launch:
Arrange or bring helpers. You are responsible for getting your boat tied up at the staging area in front of the haul-out lane at the time of your haul. If you need the Port’s assistance it must be arranged in advance.
After tying up, pull fenders on the port side up, turn off your bilge pumps and close your thru hulls.
Let the operators know where the slings should go.
PLEASE BRING: current registration and proof of insurance (Liability $300,000 minimum), prior to your haulout (it is required).
Picture: Get a picture of your boat once it’s in the slings! This will be invaluable for future haul outs.
Payment: Payment is due at the time of haul. This includes the launch back into the water. Haul out cost is calculated based on the length overall (LOA) of the vessel. Payment for yard time will be collected on the day you launch.
Paperwork: If you can, complete the haul out paperwork ahead of time and email it to the office. This saves time on the day of the haul. If not, come to the office early (10 minutes prior to your haul) to fill out forms.
Dockage: You are welcome to stay the night on the dock at a cost of $1.25 per foot, per night and $5 for 30 amp power or $10 for 50 amp. Please register at the office.
Parking: You are welcome to utilize any parking spot at the front of the boatyard near the gate entrance. You may also park next to your boat, as long as you are available to move vehicle upon request to accommodate lift travel.
Boatyard details: The office is open from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday. The yard is open 7 days a week, from 7am until dusk, at which time the gates are locked. This is a public, do-it-yourself boatyard with traffic coming in and out. We have security cameras and security patrols. Security's number is 360-239-4271. They can let you in and out of the gate after hours, but please only request if it’s urgent.
Staying on the boat overnight: Please register with the Boatworks office if you plan to stay aboard your boat while work is taking place. Extended liveaboard is not allowed in the yard at this time.
Gull Harbor Yacht Detailing
You’ve probably seen Katrina Laur in the yard, listening to country music on her headphones while buffing away the oxidation of a sailboat. She’s one of the yard’s newest vendors, Gull Harbor Yacht Detailing.
Katrina has been working professionally on boats for about three years, but has been around them since she could walk. She used to have a 27' Catalina, but now shares a 34’ Tartan sailboat with her dad, Tim Laur of Gull Harbor Yacht Service. Some of her favorite boating memories include 4th of July celebrations at Hope Island.
Katrina’s business offers a variety of services: bottom paint, interior and exterior cleaning, spring mildew removal, professional carpet cleaning, detailing, buffing, and polishing. Her best piece of advice for boat owners: “Haul your boat out once a year! Even if it’s just for a day. Get the boat polished and waxed before the gel coat gets oxidized.”