Harbor to move rec boats to inner basin

By Adam Spencer, The Triplicate May 06, 2014 11:23 am

With the recently completed  state-of-the-art reconstruction of the inner boat basin, Crescent City Harbor will not be re-installing seasonal recreational fishing docks in the outer basin.

Instead, the Board of Harbor Commissioners decided this week to implement seasonal and monthly rates for recreational anglers and mariners for the inner boat basin and waive the insurance requirement for boats 27 feet long or less.

The sport fishing docks that were typically near the Chart Room restaurant were losing money for the harbor, costing more to install, remove and maintain than the revenue they brought in, according to harbor district 
officials.

The sport docks were also slightly in a state of disrepair.

“We have the brand new harbor here. It’s just a much safer place to walk,” said Charlie Helms, Crescent City Harbormaster/CEO.

Many of the recreational boaters are seniors, and to accommodate them, Helms said two slips near the ramp into the inner boat basin will be reserved for loading and unloading gear and fish from sport fishing boats. 

Since the commercial Dungeness crab season, when the harbor is most busy, and the recreational ocean fishing season are on opposite ends of the year, the loss of exclusively recreational docks should not cause congestion.

The harbor commission did decide to raise the sport rates  from what was charged for the old docks near the Chart Room.

New recreational slip rates:

Seasonal, 6-month: $675 ($72 increase from previous sport rates)

Monthly rate: $240/month ($133 increase)

Daily rate: $15/day ($3 increase)

Senior (60+) recreational slip rates:

Seasonal, 6-month: $641 ($68 increase from previous sport rates)

Monthly rate: $226/month ($12 increase)

Daily rate: $15/day ($3 increase)

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