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2018 was a great year for LMC. We got a lot accomplished, but we still have many items on our list for 2019.

Our largest project in 2018 was the complete reconfiguration of our west dockage area. The area previously primarily served vessels in the <60’ range. We began the demolition of these docks in March. When the new Bellingham docks were installed by October, we had dockage for more than 30 additional vessels in the 100’ + range.

Nothing is worse than a crew with no WiFi access – at least that’s what some captains have told us. We made a significant investment into our WiFi system and now have great connectivity across the entire 65-acre facility.

We opened our crew gym initially in 2017, but very quickly it became apparent that the gym wasn’t large enough to accommodate the demand from our visitors. We were able to swiftly expand the gym to meet that demand in early 2018.

In 2019, we aren’t taking a break from making improvements. In fact, we’re very excited about the plans we have for this year.

The much-anticipated restaurant Yot is beginning to take shape. We expect the restaurant to be opening in March. We know that once open, Yot will become a great spot for captains, crew, owners, and industry folks to gather – and we can’t wait to see you all enjoying the beautiful waterfront space.

We are also in the permitting process for a new lift. In 2017, we welcomed Brutus and the Beast, our 220- and 485-ton Cimolai machines, and in 2019, we will be welcoming a 140-ton machine. This machine will service our Riverbend Marina and be wide enough to accommodate catamarans. We’re excited to become the only facility in town with a dedicated lift and space for these vessels when they need to be hauled out of the water.

2019 is already shaping up to be an excellent year at LMC. We look forward to seeing all of our “regulars” this year and meeting a few new friends as well. If you’re in town, give us a shout or stop by – we always love giving a tour of our updated facilities!