From Port of Toledo General Manager Bud Shoemake
Latest Boatyard Project:
Major Refit of F/V New Life
The Yaquina Boatyard is excited to announce the completion of a major 3-month refit of the fishing vessel New Life. This marks an impressive milestone in the ongoing evolution of the boatyard and highlights the important role that the Port of Toledo plays in the region’s economy. This project put an estimated $600,000 into the region’s marine trades community over a three month period and occupied the talents of over 30 individual tradesmen representing roughly 16 local contractors.
The New Life is a commercial fishing boat that travels from Oregon to Alaska. The vessel is locally owned by Kurt Cochran who has grown his father’s fishing business over the years. The Cochran’s own two other fishing vessels, the Marathon and the Bay Islander. Fifteen of the sixteen crew members of these vessels call Lincoln County their home.
With improvements to the hull and a new interior for the wheelhouse there were approximately 30 vendors and boatyard staff involved in the project. Work on the dry dock included modifying the drive train and keel to include a new Kort Nozzle and redesigned rudder, installation of new keel coolers and new transducers. While in the yard the entire interior was gutted and new crew accommodations and wheel house interior were built with significant upgrades to the ship’s systems and electronics. The local community has benefited greatly from the opportunities provided through repairs of the F/V New Life.
The Yaquina Boatyard offers a variety of repair services including steel fabrication, carpentry, painting, haul-out, project management, general yard services, mechanical systems, and “Do It Yourself.” If you are in need of boat repairs or to schedule service call the Yaquina Boatyard office at 541-336-0333 or email Leo Newberg, Yaquina Boatyard Manager at Boatyard@PortOfToledo.org