HISTORY

Seaview Boatyard was founded almost 40 years ago as a haulout facility at Seattle's Shilshole Bay Marina. As the needs of our customers grew, so did our locations and the list of services we offered. We now operate three full service yards conveniently located throughout the Pacific Northwest and have become one of the largest, busiest and most respected boatyards on the West coast.

Here is a look at how we got to where we are today:

1973

Seaview Boatyard, Inc. is founded by Roland "Coop" Cooper and Bob Burgeson after they were awarded the bid to take over operations of the facility from the Port of Seattle. The yard primarily performed haulouts for annual maintenance and minor repairs.

1974

The current owner of Seaview Boatyard, Phil Riise, joins the company at the age of 20.

1980

Phil becomes the majority stockholder in the company, operating the business with partners Mark Bouffiou and Rick Hagaman.

At the time of its inception, the yard primarily performed haulouts for annual maintenance and minor repairs. Once Phil took over operation of the facility, the focus of the yard changed dramatically. As the needs of its customers grew, Seaview expanded the range of services offered to meet the evolving demands of Puget Sound boaters.

1985

The yard outgrows its space at Shilshole and is able to secure a larger facility on the ship canal across from Fisherman’s Terminal.

By maintaining the original yard at Shilshole Marina, Seaview is able to continue offering the most popular services at their convenient saltwater location. The new facility, Seaview East, at the former Seattle Cedar Mill site in Ballard enables the company to bring in-house many of the services that in the past had required the use of outside contractors.

With a 28,000 square foot repair building and an 88 ton travelift the new yard is able to serve a more diverse customer base, hauling larger vessels and servicing Seattle's legendary fishing fleet

1993

Phil assumes full ownership of the company.

2002

Seaview expands north to Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham and opens a third location – Seaview Boatyard North.

At that time, marine repair services offered in Bellingham were at a minimum and area boaters were in dire need of a full-service facility to meet their needs.

2008

Seaview opens its newest facility, Seaview Fairhaven on Bellingham's south bay.

2011

Seaview consolidates its Seattle operations into one location at Shilshole Bay Marina.

The Association of Washington Businesses (AWB) honors Seaview with the association's Environmental Excellence Award for Leading Environmental Practices.

AWB's Environmental Excellence Awards recognize member companies for exemplary innovations and achievements in environmental protection, conservation and compliance.

2012

Seaview West receives a Leadership Clean Boatyard certification from the Clean Boating Foundation.

The Clean Boating Foundation highlights those yards in Washington state that achieve full compliance with WA Department of Ecology regulations and even go above and beyond such legal requirements.

Leadership Clean Boatyards are yards that are in full compliance with all applicable Ecology regulations and demonstrate true stewardship of the surrounding environment by going above and beyond what's legally required with a certain number of optional best management practices.

2015

To meet customer's needs Seaview West expands its facility including adding 10,000 sq.ft. of yard area, a larger travelift, and enlarging the existing shop space.

2017

Tiel Riise is named President of Seaview Boatyard. Seaview upgrades the Seaview West 50 ton Travelift to an 80 ton Boat Lift made in Italy.

2018

Seaview Boatyard West received the Small Business Environmental Excellence Award from the Port of Seattle and a Leadership Clean Boatyard Certification from the Clean Boating Foundation. 

Clean Boating Foundation works with Washington boatyards to go above and beyond their legal requirements and showcases those businesses that act as true stewards of the environment.