Toledo Port Manager Bud Shoemake says his boat yard off the west end of town is a lot busier this January than last January. Shoemake says they’re extremely busy on boats showing up for everything from a new paint job to new engines. He says they even had a 32 foot cabin cruiser type boat donated to the port to benefit the port’s youth boating group that meets at the floating club house at the end of main street. The club house is always the center of attention during various special port related events throughout the year.
Shoemake said the increased volume of boats and the work they bring with them has prompted him to make changes in the boat yard management. He said boat yard activity has grown so much that it needs a full time assistant manager to not only run the office but also be involved in actual boat yard activities. So that change has been made, which was appreciated by the new assistant manager and the outgoing part-time manager whose own business has grown considerably over the past two years.
Shoemake says the port continues to move ahead toward purchasing a 300 ton travel lift that will be able to lift out of the water most fishing vessels that ply the Pacific Coast of the U.S. He says the port is acting as if they will soon be in the position to buy the expensive addition and so they are pursing required in-water work permits to install it. Shoemake says there are grants and other funds they’re going after which includes Connect Oregon as well as Oregon Public Ports Association programs that arrange for loans and grants for up-and-coming economic endeavors that show growing promise in their operations, which Shoemake contends is written all over the new Toledo Boat Yard. “We’ve got a great future growing over here in Toledo,” he said.