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Don & Sharry at SBMC

Gone Cruising:
Don & Sharry Stabbert, owners of SBMC, are Ocean Cruisers with more than 90,000 nm in Ocean crossings.

They have been actively boating for more than 50 years, starting as dingy sailors racing Thistles and Cal 40’s, and have cruised their previous powerboats from Seattle to Alaska more than 10 times.

In 2000 Don and Sharry became the proud owners of Starr, their 77ft, 100ton trawler, and have crossed the Pacific numerous times, including twice from the South Pacific to New Zealand in 2001-02, and again in 2010-11 when they spent a year cruising in Japan. In addition, they have cruised across the Atlantic, spending a year on the Atlantic coast of France and a year in the Mediterranean and the Adriatic.

For the past eight years Don and Sharry, often inviting friends on board as crew, have been making passages between Seattle and the Hawaiian Islands. Starr is currently based in Honolulu at the Waikiki Yacht Club and actively cruises among all of the islands. Starr’s next passage will be in the spring of 2018, North to Kodiak Alaska and then returning to her Seattle home at SBMC in the Ballard Ship Canal. In the Fall of 2018 Starr will cross the Pacific again to return to Hawaii for the 9th time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Marco Shipyard:

After bringing Starr back to Seattle from Europe in 2005 Don and Sharry purchased the MARCO shipyard in Seattle and transformed it into the kind of marine facility that they had dreamed about while cruising the world; they named it SBMC (Salmon Bay Marine Center). Their idea was to create a “clean and quiet” marine facility that is more practical and elegant than any of the yacht clubs they had encountered in their travels:

•The docks should have all the power necessary to run all systems on a 200ft or larger boat without requiring the use of on-board generators.
•Wide Dock to accommodate electric carts next to the boats for easy loading and unloading (no more dock carts and hand trucks.)
•Black water pump pick-ups adjacent to every boat, out of sight inside deck hatches
•Proximity to the services needed to accomplish even the most demanding refit, from engine replacement to full interior refits, and qualified service professionals and skilled tradespeople handpicked for their big-boat expertise.

The Marco Shipyard underwent an extensive renovation as part of Don’s Master Plan to modernize and upgrade the facility. Don and his son Brooke designed all new buildings and docks. They removed eight existing buildings, as well as all of the hundreds of creosote-soaked piling and docks. The 1,100 ton and the 2,000 ton drydocks were sold; drydocking, rattle guns chipping steel, and sandblasting are not compatible with the concept of “clean and quiet”. (Note: drydocking of up to 4000 tons, can be handled in ten other facilities just a few minutes away from SBMC.)

The first new buildings and docks took two years to complete, and SBMC opened in 2008. For the first 10 years Brooke Stabbert worked closely with his father and managed all operations at SBMC.

SBMC today provides Moorage to Large Yachts, and Shop and Office Space to Marine Contractors and Services Providers.
As of 2017 SBMC tenants employ approximately 100 people in the Marine Trades and Services, have serviced over 700 vessels, and generated revenues in excess of $100 million.
SBMC is clearly a whole new concept of a Working Shipyard.