BELLINGHAM — A local boat repair company is making preparations for a big expansion in the Fairhaven area.
Seaview Yacht Service of Fairhaven will be expanding into a 30,800-square-foot area in the Fairhaven Marine Industrial Park, a building formerly occupied by Aluminum Chambered Boats, which went out of business last year.
The Port of Bellingham’s Board of Commissioners approved the new five-year lease for Seaview Tuesday, April 5. The new space is almost equal in size to the Bellingham Best Buy store.
Seaview already leases two port buildings at Fairhaven Marine Industrial Park, occupying an 80,000-square-foot area. The company uses the area for its boatyard haul-out, maintenance, repair and restoration work. The company also operates Seaview North on the Squalicum Harbor waterfront.
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Seaview owner Phil Riise expects to add around 15 new jobs as a result of the expansion, with six new jobs coming as early as next month. Seaview North and Seaview Yacht Service Fairhaven employ 31 people, according to a press release from the Port of Bellingham.
Riise said in the press release that the expansion will help the company meet the increasing demand for services, including heated dry storage.
Seaview operates a variety of boat repair facilities between Seattle and Bellingham. The Seattle-based company opened Seaview North in 2002; it is now the company’s largest boatyard, according to the press release. Seaview signed a 10-year lease with the port to open Seaview Yacht Service in 2007.