Eagle Harbor liveaboard moorage available again

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Close on the heels of the Bainbridge Island showing of “Against the Tide,” a movie chronicling the demise of the once-colorful at-anchor liveaboard community in Bainbridge’s Eagle Harbor, the city of Bainbridge Island has announced the availability of eight spots in the open water marina that was created in the wake of the controversy.

The open water marina, the only one of its kind in Washington State, was the compromise created between the city and the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in order to accommodate some number of liveaboard boats in the harbor while still complying with DNR lease regulations. DNR controls the state-owned aquatic lands under much of Washington’s waterways, and under its rules, boats generally may not anchor longer than thirty days in one location.

After a five year process set in motion by a private citizen’s group suing DNR to enforce the thirty day restriction in Eagle Harbor, the city agreed to lease the harbor under terms which would allow it to sub-lease permanent spaces to individual tenants for year-round moorage.

Today, a total of sixteen spaces are available, but the tenancy has dropped to only eight occupants. The city is now accepting applications to fill the other eight available spaces. There are spaces available both on the lineal mooring system and on fore-and-aft moorings set throughout the harbor. Rates start at an extremely reasonable $100 per month; the tenant also is required to keep a minimum of $300,000 of liability insurance on their vessel. The term of the lease is one year.

Applications, a map of the marina, and the terms of the sublease can be downloaded from the city website here.

Applications are due by 4pm, December 2, 2013.

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4 Responses to Eagle Harbor liveaboard moorage available again

  1. Ken Lund November 22, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    Open Water Marina sounds like a fancy name for a mooring buoy to justify $100/month.

  2. David Dickson November 16, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    Looks like a solution we could use up here in B.C.

  3. Mark November 11, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    Has the movie been released yet? Where can one get a copy?

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      Scott Wilson November 11, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

      Hi, Mark,

      Unfortunately, it has not. We’ve attempted to contact the director to get more information about when that might be, or what his plans are for further distribution, but we haven’t heard anything back yet.

      Considering the amount of interest we have seen from people who are interested in seeing the movie, we will certainly post more information when we receive it.

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