Port of Toledo Commissioners next week will put out a request for proposals for a consultant to help them guide the way to growing the Sturgeon Bend boat yard so it can offer more boat repair options to local fishermen as well as to other craft that ply the waters of the American west coast.
The successful consultant will take stock of the port’s already existing business plan that has been the basis for the port’s progress to date; the Sturgeon Bend boat yard, the new transient dock project and the upland river park area just west of the railroad museum.
Port Manager Bud Shoemake says they’ll be looking for guidance on the best way to expand their Sturgeon Bend Boatyard operations. Shoemake says they have been very busy working on boats of all varieties for the past year; 140 boats and counting, which Shoemake says is beyond their original forecast. “We’re making money,” he said.
Shoemake says that their current dry dock and lift operations have been working quite well, but that they’re contemplating expanding them to include possibly adding a heavy duty travel lift, something in the 150 to 300 ton category. “That would make Sturgeon Bend able to handle 95% of all west coast vessels along the American west coast.”
Shoemake says once the Sturgeon Bend facilities expansion is approved, business would be expected to begin another rapid curve upward. Shoemake told us that “Business has exceeded out expectations. We feel we’re on a roll.”