Seaview Yacht Service, the sister operation of Seaview North in Squalicum Harbor, is planning to expand its Fairhaven operation next month.
The company already leases two buildings from the Port of Bellingham in the Fairhaven Marine Industrial Park and is planning to expand into a third building with approximately 30,800 square feet. The building was formerly occupied by Aluminum Chambered Boats, which closed in 2010.
The port’s Board of Commissioners approved a five-year lease Tuesday April 5. Owner Phil Riise said he plans to move in May 1 and hire an additional six employees that month. He expects to add a total of 12 to 15 new jobs by the time the expansion is complete. Seaview Yacht Service and Seaview North together currently employ 31 people.
“We are excited to be given the opportunity to take on additional space at Seaview Fairhaven and bring added value to the community in terms of increased business, additional jobs and expanded services for boaters from Bellingham and the surrounding areas,” Riise said in a press release. “We have a successful dry storage and repair facility in operation at the current Fairhaven site; and with the addition of a 30,800-square-foot heated repair and storage facility, as well as an expanded crew, this expansion will enable us to meet the continually increasing demand for services.”
Seaview Yacht Service opened in 2002 and is the newest boatyard in the Seaview company, which has two other operations in Seattle along with its two Bellingham locations. With this expansion, Seaview Yacht Services is also now the largest operation in the company.