The feasibility study is now complete. BST Associates will present their findings at the workshop Commission meeting this Tuesday, June 21 at 4pm.
To view draft findings please click HERE.
The Port is moving forward with a feasibility study, to be conducted by BST Associates. The project started in mid-November 2021 and is expected to be completed by the spring of 2022. The study was funded in part with Oregon State Lottery Funds administered by the Oregon Business Development Department.
The Boatyard is a consistent and profitable enterprise for the Port. The Boatyard's prime location along the Central Waterfront, current size/footprint, 88-ton Marine TraveLift and close proximity to Englund Marine are all attractive advantages to those wishing to renovate, construct and/or maintain recreational, special use and commercial fishing vessels. The Port's self-service policy also provides an advantage to vessel owners seeking autonomy and competitive pricing throughout construction and maintenance processes.
Though the boatyard is a consistent performer, its service size and scope of services are limited by the historically restricted footprint (4 acres), limited capacity boat lift (88 ton) and lack of covered shop space. However, the loss of log exporting has opened up Pier 3 to other potential uses.
An additional 12 acres would provide an excellent footprint for an expanded operation, allowing for an 800 to 1200-ton lift, covered maintenance spaces, offices and expanded washdown facilities. The Port receives consistent requests from vessel owners looking to haul out vessels that cannot be handled with existing Port equipment. Likewise, the Port receives many comments and requests to add maintenance building and infrastructure that could allow project work to continue through Astoria's wettest and windiest seasons. The Boatyard at Toledo is a good example of the type of boatyard expansion that may be realized in Clatsop County and the economic benefits that it may provide to the community.
Port of Astoria Boatyard