In association with the Marine Water Access Committee (MAC), the Harbormaster organizes, coordinates and directs activities related to the use, operation, security, maintenance and improvement of Bainbridge Island harbors. This includes facilitating marine and general services for commercial and recreational boaters and the public, working closely with volunteer harbor stewards to orchestrate harbor activity, collecting fees for water-related uses, providing status reports for consideration and action, and ensuring compliance with federal, state and local laws regulating harbor activity. The harbormaster also works with the U.S Coast Guard and the Department of Natural Resources regarding vessels that are lost, found, adrift, sinking, derelict and abandoned, works with the executive and finance departments of the city to manage transient and long term use of harbor buoys, city docks and maintains records of visiting and residential boaters.

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Get Ready, Get Set, Earn your Boater Education Card

Saturday, June 1, 2019 8am-5 pm
Enroll in the 8 hour About Boating Safely class taught by members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary
This course meets the mandatory boater education requirements of the State of Washington for
the Boater Education Card and is sanctioned by the United States Coast Guard and the State of Washington. In this class you will learn the fundamentals of safe boating operation. A wide range of topics are covered: navigation, safety equipment, anchoring/docking, to help all boaters become safer and more knowledgeable. Ages 12 to adult. To enroll, preregister with www.biparks.org or at 206-842-2306x118, Bainbridge Island Park & Recreation District.

Cost $35 per person
Strawberry Hill Park, 7666 NE High School Road, Bainbridge Island WA

Please join us at Boaters Fair! 

Saturday, June 8th, 2019 10am-2pm, Waterfront Park and Dock.

We have lots of events on deck at this FREE event for you and your family. Boat rides , demos and workshops, races, nautical swap meet,  helicopter rescue demonstration. http://www.bainbridgewa.gov/683/Boaters-Fair 

City to host vessel auction during Boaters Fair

The City of Bainbridge Island will host a public auction of three kayaks at Boaters Fair Saturday June 8. The event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Waterfront Park City Dock, located at 301 Shannon Drive.

Harbormaster Tami Allen will do an open bid process for each item and the highest eligible bidder wins. The items must be picked up the following week at the Bainbridge Island Police Department, located at 625 Winslow Way E. The winning bidder will make the payment at that time and will need to show identification.

The City will auction the following vessels:

  • Wooden Kayak (no paddle)
  • Intex Challenger K2 Kayak, 2-Person Inflatable (includes one paddle)
  • 2-person Equinox Kayak (no paddle)

For additional information, please call Harbormaster Tami Allen at 206-786-7627.


In accordance with RCW 79.100, the vessels BLUE HERON WN9029W, has been declared derelict/abandoned because it meets the definition of a derelict/abandoned vessel as described in RCW 79.100.010.  The City of Bainbridge Island, acting as an authorized public entity with the authority granted in RCW 79.100, intends to take custody of the above named vessel on June 19, 2019.  Once we obtain custody of the vessel, we are authorized to use or dispose of it in any appropriate and environmentally sound manner without further notice to the owner.  In order for the owner to retain custody of the vessel, the owner must obtain authorization to moor or anchor the vessel in its current location, move it to an anchorage area or moorage facility that has authorized the vessel, or remove the vessel from the water.  If the owner wishes to redeem the vessel once The City of Bainbridge Island has taken custody, the owner must commence a lawsuit to contest The City of Bainbridge Island’s decision to obtain custody of the vessel, or the amount of reimbursement owed, in the superior court of the county in which the vessel was located.  The lawsuit must be commenced within ten days of losing custody or the owner’s right to a hearing is waived and the owner will be liable for any costs owed to The City of Bainbridge Island.  The costs the owner may be liable for include, but are not limited to, costs incurred exercising the authority granted in RCW 79.100.030, all administrative costs incurred by the authorized public entity during the procedure set forth in RCW 79.100.040, removal and disposal costs, and costs associated with environmental damages directly or indirectly caused by the vessel. The City of Bainbridge Island reserves the right to take temporary custody of the vessel under 79.100.040 if necessary and to pursue any other remedies under law.

 For more information regarding this action, contact The City of Bainbridge Island, Harbormaster 206.780.3733, cell 206.786.7627 and email tallen@bainbridgewa.gov.

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