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.