Harbormaster

In association with the Marine Water Access Committee (MAC), the Harbormaster organizes, coordinates and directs activities related to the use, operation, security, maintenance and improvement of Bainbridge Island harbors. This includes facilitating marine and general services for commercial and recreational boaters and the public, working closely with volunteer harbor stewards to orchestrate harbor activity, collecting fees for water-related uses, providing status reports for consideration and action, and ensuring compliance with federal, state and local laws regulating harbor activity. The harbormaster also works with the U.S Coast Guard and the Department of Natural Resources regarding vessels that are lost, found, adrift, sinking, derelict and abandoned, works with the executive and finance departments of the city to manage transient and long term use of harbor buoys, city docks and maintains records of visiting and residential boaters.

Cormorant on Buoy

Harbormaster Bulletin Board

Events

About Boating Safely, October 6, 2018
Join us for the 8-hour About Boating Safely class, October 6, taught by certified teachers of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. This course meets the mandatory boater education requirements of the State of Washington for the Boater Education Card and is sanctioned by the United States Coast Guard and the State of Washington. Topics include navigation, safety equipment, anchoring/docking, trailering, mooring, and more to help all boaters become safer and more knowledgeable.
$35 per person/$50 per family. Please pre-register with Grant Winther, (206) 842-5862 (
gawsail@sounddsl.com) or Loretta Rindal (360) 779-1657.

Location: Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
105 Winslow Way
Bainbridge Island 98110

Notification of Intent to Obtain Custody.

  • NOTIFICATION OF INTENT TO OBTAIN CUSTODY.

    WA Dept of Natural Resources (DNR) has declared the vessel MARSHALLS ISLAND  WN7370NS  an emergency because it meets the criteria described under RCW 79.100.040(3). DNR took temporary possession of the vessel and had it removed from Bainbridge Island, Kitsap County in order to prevent it from sinking, breaking up or posing a threat to human health and safety or the environment. DNR intends to take formal and full custody of the vessel on August 10th, 2018 (Custody Date). After taking custody, DNR may use or dispose of it without further notice. The owner is responsible for all related costs. To retain custody of the vessel, before the Custody Date, the owner must: 1) Pay DNR back for costs incurred to date, 2) Move the vessel to an anchorage area, moorage facility, or storage location that has authorized the vessel. To redeem the vessel once DNR has taken custody, or challenge DNR’s decision to take custody or temporary possession, the owner must file a written request (one original and one copy) for a hearing with the Pollution Control Hearings Board, in person at 1111 Israel Rd, Tumwater WA, or by mail to PO Box 40903, Olympia WA 98504-0903, and serve one copy on DNR’s Aquatic Resources Division at 1111 Washington Street SE, MS 47027, Olympia WA 98504-7027. The appeal must include the following information: a copy of the decision you are appealing; your name and address (mailing and legal, if different) and, if applicable, the name and address of your representative; a daytime phone number; a brief statement why you are appealing; a statement of what you want the Board to do; the signature of you or your representative. [This signature certifies that the content of the appeal is true.] The written request can be submitted immediately but cannot be filed any later than September 10th, 2018 (Appeal Date). The right to a hearing is deemed waived if a request is submitted late, and the owner is liable for any costs owed to DNR. These costs may include all administrative costs incurred by DNR, removal and disposal costs, and costs associated with environmental damages directly or indirectly caused by the vessel. In the event of litigation, the prevailing party is entitled to reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs. DNR reserves the right to pursue any other remedies available under law.  For more information, contact the Derelict Vessel Removal Program at (360) 902-1574 or DVRP@dnr.wa.gov.

Welcome to Bainbridge Island.

  • Get your boater safety card (PDF). If you were born after January 1,1955, operating a vessel of 15 horsepower or greater, you'll need a boater education card. To register, call Parks 206-842-2306.
  • We offer four harbors for gunk holing, numerous public road ends for approaching by dinghy, and ample transient moorage at the City dock, linear moorage system, day use buoys and Open Water Marina in Eagle Harbor.
  • We welcome you to the city dock and open water marina. Transient moorage is available on a first come, first served basis at both the city dock and the buoys offshore. Overnight guest have access to hot showers in the restroom facility. For the current shower door code, contact Tami Allen via email or by phone at her desk, 206-780-3733, or cell, 206-786-7627.
  • View the current moorage and parking rates (PDF)
  • View the No Anchor Zone (PDF)
  • For the $100 non-refundable dock reservation (special use), download the Eagle Harbor Dock Use Permit (PDF)
  • Resident Boaters!  Volunteer for our Island's Emergency Flotilla.
  • Our island hosts the State's only full time, 100% live aboard, offshore Open Water Marina (PDF).
  • For Harbor Notices, be sure to select "Notify Me" from the City's home page and let me know. View past activities: Harbormaster Reports