The city of Kodiak recently renewed its contract with the operator of the boat lift in Saint Herman Harbor. Bill Feda, whose full time job is at Fuller’s Boat Yard, was given a two-year contract to run the 660-ton large boat lift. Year one of the contract pays him $90 per hour, and year two, the fee increases to $100 per hour.
Councilman John Whiddon, who works on the waterfront, praised Feda’s work since the giant machine went into service last year.
— (Boat Lift 1 20 sec "I’d like to compliment … for another two years.")
Councilman Terry Haines, a commercial fisherman, echoed Whiddon’s comments:
— (Boat Lift 2 29 sec "As a city-owned … 10-year contract on this.")
Harbormaster Marty Owen expects up to 60 boats to have been lifted by the shipyard’s first anniversary, which is 10 more than expected.
Councilman Tom Walters said the boat lift is helping to diversify Kodiak’s economy, and will help stabilize it during tough economic times.
— (Boat Lift 3 40 sec "I’m sure you look … it’s staring to pay off.")
Owen said at a recent council work session that about $2-million has been spent locally because of the boatyard.
The city’s travel lift is the largest north of San Diego, capable of lifting vessels 42-feet in width, 180-feet in length, and up to 660-tons. Standard lift fees are between $40 and $75 per foot, depending on the ship’s length.