Boatyards merge in Northern California

Published on October 16th, 2017

Richmond, CA (October 16, 2017) – Svendsen’s Boat Works, serving the boating community from Alameda (CA) since 1963, has announced it will join forces with Bay Marine Boatworks in Richmond. Beginning January 1, 2018, Svendsen’s team of boatwrights, riggers, and metal fabricators will relocate to the new boat repair facility.

The soon-to-be combined facility in Richmond will include an expansion of Bay Marine’s existing boatyard with use of recently acquired land, as well as state-of-the-art environmental improvements. The site will also include a new marine store, which is presently in the planning stage.

Svendsen’s/Bay Marine customers in Richmond will have access to the full cache of services, including bottom and topside painting, rigging fabrication and installation, fiberglass and wood repair, metal fabrication and repair, engine repair and repower, custom refits and a 100-ton Travelift capacity.

“The quality and depth of experience we are creating in our Richmond yard will be unparalleled on the West Coast. Our larger Travelift capacity should also be a bonus for Svendsen’s customers with larger boats,” said Bill Elliott, President and CEO, Svendsen’s Boat Works. “The re-designed Svendsen’s/Bay Marine facility in Richmond will become a true destination yard with outstanding customer service.”

In January 2017, Bay Maritime, which owns Bay Marine Boatworks and Bay Ship & Yacht in Alameda, Calif., acquired all of the divisions of Svendsen’s, including Svendsen’s Marine Distributing, Svendsen’s Rigging Shop and Svendsen’s Metal Works. Svendsen’s products divisions, including the Wholesale Distribution and Chandlery, will continue to operate in the current location in the Alameda Marina.

Svendsen’s existing boatyard in Alameda will close its operations on November 3, 2017, to facilitate the company’s relocation to Richmond, and the eventual redevelopment of the Alameda Marina. While most of the Svendsen’s employees will transition to the new Svendsen’s/Bay Marine facility, some will transfer to Bay Ship & Yacht’s full-service shipyard in Alameda.


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