Salmon Bay Marine Center
2284 W. Commodore Way, Seattle, WA 98199. Just 10 minutes from downtown Seattle.
47° 39.67 N, 122° 23.06 W
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“Dealing with Washington State tax laws can be easy and inexpensive” —Maritime Attorney Cris Wenthur
Don’t let Washington’s confusing tax laws keep you from visiting! As maritime attorney Cris Wenthur explains, “Getting a repair affidavit or cruising permit is an easy, quick, and inexpensive process. Just call me while you’re still in California and we’ll have the paperwork ready by the time you arrive in Seattle.”
All vessels owned and operated by non-Washington State residents are welcome to stay in Washington waters for 60 days tax-free. If you are interested in staying longer while cruising, extensions are readily available by following a prescribed process.
Vessels undergoing maintenance, repairs, and refit are eligible for exemption from Washington State use tax while having work performed in Washington (must fill out Non-Resident Vessel Repair Affidavit). Obtaining an extension permit is straightforward and inexpensive.
For complete details of the exemption process, we recommend contacting one of the following experts:
West Coast Yacht Agents
We recommend the following yacht agents:
The Ballard Locks
The Ballard (Hiram M. Chittenden) Locks, 760′ x 80′, separate saltwater Puget Sound from the
freshwater of Lake Union and Lake Washington
Ballard Maritime History
Settled in 1880 by Scandinavian fishermen, Ballard remains home to the thriving North Pacific fishing fleet. These fishing vessels represent the diversity of our fishing industry, operating in some of the most demanding conditions at sea while catching halibut, crab, salmon, and more. To service these fishing vessels, Ballard has the largest concentration of marine repair facilities and manpower in the United States.