Port of Toledo Commissioners Tuesday learned that their $4 million-plus boatyard project is moving right along – everything is on schedule and within budget.
The project, which will thrust the Port of Toledo into the big leagues of west coast boat repair and renovating, is scheduled to have a giant boat lift arrive in late summer and be ready to swing into action by late fall.
Port Manager Bud Shoemake says Berguson Construction is making great headway getting the new pilings in during the “in water works” period and that the on-land pilings will be in with all the concrete that goes with it, including the aprons, by April 1st. Then he’ll figure in the costs for moving Central Lincoln’s big power lines farther away from the water to make room for their expanded operations.
Shoemake says at that point his port commission will take a take a deep breath, step back and do an assessment of the money they have left from their big state grant. Then they’ll determine how big of a boat lift they can afford to buy – bigger the better, of course. Shoemake says they’re still hoping to get a big one that will lift a 550 ton vessel, if it has to. It’ll mean that the Yaquina Boatyard will be able to work on 98% of the fishing boats on the west coast, including Alaska.
Again they’d like to have all this wrapped up by fall.