Mike Deller of the State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board (CFB) breaks a bottle of champagne on the lift, officially christening the new boat launch. (Photos by Larry Vogel)
The Port of Edmonds officially dedicated the newly-renovated boat launch on Saturday morning with a ribbon cutting and — in true nautical tradition — breaking a bottle of champagne on the new structure.
Built in 1992, the launch’s original 7,000-pound capacity was insufficient for the new generation of trailerable boats, many of which exceed this weight. The improvements raise the launch’s capacity to 10,000 pounds, in addition to updating and replacing critical parts of the aging mechanism. The $235,000 project was funded through a combination of State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board grant and money collected by the Port of Edmonds in moorage and other fees.
“These improvements mean Edmonds will be the only place between Seattle and Everett where boats of this size can be launched,” said Port Executive Director Bob McChesney.
Mayor Dave Earling joined officials from the Port of Edmonds and others to toast the opening of the renovated boat launch at the Edmonds Marina. From left, Port Deputy Director Marla Kempf, Deller, Port of Edmonds Executive Director Bob McChesney, Earling, Port of Edmonds Commission President Jim Orvis and Port Commissioner Fred Gouge.
Officials look on as Orvis cuts the ribbon. CFB funds grants to worthy projects throughout the state, and were instrumental in providing 75 percent of the funding for the Edmonds Boat Launch projects. CFB funds come primarily from taxes levied on sale of marine fuels. Those in photo, from left, are Gouge, Orvis, Kempf, Earling, Deller, McChesney and Chris Osterman, a Port employee.
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