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Port welcomes new tenant to the waterfront.

The Port of Bellingham welcomes a new marine trades tenant to the Bellingham waterfront. UK Sailmakers NW will relocate their Anacortes service loft to 712 Coho Way, in the Marina Square building on Bellingham's waterfront later this month. This full service loft will be able to repair, recut and modify all sizes and brands of sails, as well as build new sails.

"We were attracted to the central location of our new space," said owner Stuart Dahlgren. "We plan to get involved with the local yacht clubs, and have already embraced the local boating scene as sponsors of the 2014 PITCH Regatta."

UK Sailmakers is a leading sail loft company with over 50 lofts internationally. All lofts are independently owned and operated. The northwest location is committed to North American-made sails, with 99 percent of their sails made in their local shop or in a sister location in Sidney, Canada. The 2,000 square foot Bellingham loft will be managed by returning local sailmaker Dave O'Connor, who started his career in Bellingham with John Staaf of Staaf Sails in the 1980's.

Around 60 marine trades businesses operate on Port of Bellingham property. This includes Squalicum Harbor, as well as Blaine Harbor, the Bellingham Cruise Terminal and shipyards in Fairhaven. These businesses offer a diverse range of services to both businesses and consumers, everything from fishermen and fish processors to marine electrical repair, engine service work, charter boat operators, and larger operations like shipyards that work on large vessels for the US Coast Guard.

All boaters benefit from the array of maritime services available in our area, and spending on these services contributes significantly to our local economy. Combined, tenant operations in marine supplies, sales and services bring in more than $13 million in revenue through local business purchases and support 471 total jobs The Port is pleased to bring UK Sailmakers to Squalicum Harbor, and is committed to seeking out and placing new marine trades businesses in Whatcom County, as well as supporting our existing marine trades businesses.


CONTACT: Port Administrative Offices


1801 Roeder Ave.

Bellingham, WA 98225

HOURS: Monday-Friday

8:00 am-5:00 pm


Dan Robbins, District One

Michael McAuley, District Two

Jim Jorgensen, District Three


3 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. Agendas are on the Port website.


Bellingham International Airport

Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Squalicum Harbor Blaine Harbor Fairhaven Marine Industrial Park

Bellwether on the Bay Shipping Terminal

Airport Industrial Park Sumas Industrial Park

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Date:Sep 1, 2014
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