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Svendsen's Boatworks To Close 11/1/17

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The word on the docks is that the boatyard will close November 1st. Employees will move to other Bay Ship facilities. Retail and wholesale operations apparently unaffected at this time.

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7 minutes ago, fstbttms said:

The word on the docks is that the boatyard will close November 1st. Employees will move to other Bay Ship facilities. Retail and wholesale operations apparently unaffected at this time.

makes sense. I wonder if BayShip will be taking over some of the unused space near their big alameda facility to handle more "retail" sorts of clients. It looks like they have enough space there for some sort of "DIY" space like Svendsen's used to lease out.

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Damn, had my boat surveyed there last November. They seemed to have a lot of business going at that time. Can't be good to lose a competitive yard. Prices went way up in SD when Kettenburg's closed years ago. 

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Last thing alameda needs is condos there. Fuck... do something like that on the base.

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And some rent control. Theres no reason a 550sq ft bachelor should be 2200 a month.

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FYI -- Alameda has rent control hence the $2200 a month 550 SQFT bachelor pad.   Remove rent control, and the folks paying $500 move out and some supply constraint placed on the market is removed and lowers market rent.   Building more housing stock also helps with that.   The Bay Area needs 10X more housing projects being built, we are the only MSA in the nation with job growth out pacing demand for years.   

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Are you out of your mind? The last thing the Bay Area needs is housing. The population density already exceeds infrastructure capacity by at least 2:1. What the Bay Area needs is for Proposition 13 to be canned and for real estate taxes to double or triple so that growth slows and the infrastructure funding can catch up to the demands.

 

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1 hour ago, Moonduster said:

Are you out of your mind? The last thing the Bay Area needs is housing. The population density already exceeds infrastructure capacity by at least 2:1. What the Bay Area needs is for Proposition 13 to be canned and for real estate taxes to double or triple so that growth slows and the infrastructure funding can catch up to the demands.

 

Simplistic and uninformed. Take state highways: California's state highway system ranks fourth worst in the country in spite of the fact that most of the states doing better have much worse weather to deal with. So, we passed into law a big tax increase on gasoline, diesel and auto sales. Did that fix the problem? 20% of the money went to road repair. The other 60% went to pet boondoggles. But that 20% that did get spent was 4.7 times the per mile expenditure average for all states. And our roads are still a disgrace. Sacramento is our problem, not Prop 13. 

I know, I know, take it to PA. California has become the most dysfunctional state in the nation. If my kids weren't here I'd leave. 

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2 hours ago, kinardly said:

Sacramento is our problem

It's more than just Sacramento,  nearly every subordinate jurisdiction is making similar bad choices, putting in high density housing that increases the load on infrastructure faster than it increases the tax revenues

 

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Just now, LionessRacing said:

It's more than just Sacramento,  nearly every subordinate jurisdiction is making similar bad choices, putting in high density housing that increases the load on infrastructure faster than it increases the tax revenues

It's happening everywhere - really bad here.

It's caused by having municipal councils filled with Junior Chamber of Commerce types. WE GOTTA HAVE GROWTH!!!!

Around here it's so bad that many people (me included) are convinced that the Mayors and Councillors are bought & paid for by the developers. It has to be graft - no-one is that stupid.

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13 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

It's happening everywhere - really bad here.

It's caused by having municipal councils filled with Junior Chamber of Commerce types. WE GOTTA HAVE GROWTH!!!!

Around here it's so bad that many people (me included) are convinced that the Mayors and Councillors are bought & paid for by the developers. It has to be graft - no-one is that stupid.

Some are bought, some are stupid, some are just enthusiastic. In most cases there is population pressure that drives, a wish to “do something” without the realization that what you subsidize increases. 

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Our little town just passed its new master plan. Somehow, the regional authority wants the town to add 670 units or so over the next few years. But, the land is fully built out, the only way is to tear down SFH and build high density. We already have a massive parking problem and freeway access? Ha! It’s expensive, and we might as well figure out that when a bunch of people want to live in a desirable place, it’s price that allocates the resource.

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On 10/12/2017 at 3:39 PM, LionessRacing said:

Not terribly surprising the push to convert the space to condo's must be increasing

 

Same as MDR.

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1 hour ago, Raz'r said:

 we might as well figure out that when a bunch of people want to live in a desirable place, it’s price that allocates the resource.

Had an illustration of that here some years back. A young woman who grew up in West Van was at a council meeting pushing more more density so she "could afford to live where she grew up".

Too clueless to realize that a bunch of million $ condos weren't going to make it any easier for her to move back here. All it does is fuck up the very reasons people want to live here.

If you want to live in a desirable area you have to spend a big chunk of your life working to pay for it - there's no other way, no quick fix.

"Hong couver" used to be a joke aimed at the increasing number of Asians moving here but now the developers and their tame councils seem determined to make it look like Hong Kong as well.

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It seems Svendsen's is moving to Richmond to combine assets with Bay marine. They're acquiring or have acquired land next to Bay Marine. Probably the area vacant for years between Bay Marine and KKMI. Svdendsen's will have a Marine store, Rigging shop, etc. Looks like head to head competition with KKMI. So for Marine supplies in Richmond we will now have the small but good Ace Hardware, West Marine, KKMI and Svendsen's assuming they absorb the small supply shop at Bay Marine. The Svendsen's Chandlery will stay in Alemeda for now...

Article in Latitude 38:

Svendsen's Relocating to Richmond

October 13, 2017 – Alameda, CA

Svendsen's Boat Works —an institution in Alameda for 54 years — is relocating. The yard will close its gates in Alameda at the end of November, and reopen in Richmond. The Chandlery will remain at its current location for the time being.

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Closing their gates. Svendsen's Boat Works will relocate to Richmond, and close their Alameda operations on November 3.

Photo Latitude / Tim
© 2017 Latitude 38 Media, LLC
 

"Beginning January 1 2018, Svendsen's renowned team of experienced boatwrights, riggers and metal fabricators will join forces with Bay Marine Boatworks in Richmond to become the premier boat repair facility in Northern California," a press release from the boatyard said. Bay Maritime, the owner of Bay Marine Boatworks and Bay Ship & Yacht in Alameda, bought all the divisions of Svendsen's, including Svendsen's Marine Distributing, as well as Svendsen's Rigging Shop and Svendsen's Metal Works.

"We have plans to move all of the capabilities and many of the employees of Svendsen's," said Sam Elliott, Svendsen's Boat Works General Manager, adding that combining the yards will increase Svendsen's ability to service most of the pleasure craft in the Bay Area. "We're going to have more capabilities," Elliott said. "We'll have better service overall. We really think that the sum of the two yards will be better than what they were separately. Unfortunately, we can't stay in the Alameda Marina due to the development," Elliott added, referring to the proposed expansion of the Alameda Marina.

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Svendsen's has been in Alameda since 1963.

Photo Latitude / Tim
© 2017 Latitude 38 Media, LLC
 

The press release also said that the "soon to be combined facility in Richmond will include an expansion of Bay Marine's existing boatyard with use of recently acquired land, as well as state-of-the-art environmental improvements. The site will also include a new marine store presently in the planning stage."

- latitude / tim

 

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