Reconfiguring a new floating dock system improves marina access for pedestrians and boaters alike, while maintaining navigability in a nearby federal channel.
Cap Sante Marina, established in 1927, is a public recreational and commercial marina located in Fidalgo Bay in Anacortes, Washington. The marina is owned and operated by the Port of Anacortes and provides over 1,000 boat slips for commercial and recreational vessels, as well as tribal fishing fleets. In 2013, the Port of Anacortes began the process of replacing the marina’s existing A-Dock with a more functional float system that would improve public access and safety, while maintaining safe and navigable access to the marina. The existing facility required a design that preserved the adjacent federal navigation channel, while preparing for the local commercial fleet’s future, larger vessels.
Moffatt & Nichol served as the prime design consultant and designer for the project. Planning services included preparing alternative designs that considered dock layout and functions, facility longevity and maintenance, user mobility, and navigability and function of the adjacent federally authorized Cap Sante Waterway. Moffatt & Nichol also supported permitting, State Environmental Policy Act compliance, and Section 408 review and approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Final design included the new floating dock system, on-dock electrical service upgrades, enhanced dock access with a new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant gangway and related grading and paving improvements.