As regular readers know, Alameda Marina was the former home to Svendsen’s Boat Works and Marine, Island Yacht Club, Doyle Sails, Hogin Sails, LTD Marine, Carl Schumacher’s design studio, a host of other marine businesses over the decades, and numerous dry-sailed boats. It is now under redevelopment to provide much-needed housing and to rebuild the seawall along the waterfront and marina. Of all the marine businesses serving the Bay Area boating community during that time, none was better known than Svendsen’s Boat Works. They have since merged with Bay Marine to become Svendsen’s Bay Marine in Richmond. A reader sent in a photo of the final days of Svendsen’s Boat Works in Alameda.
The need for housing in the Bay Area continues to challenge one of the activities that makes living in the Bay Area so great — sailing.
The original development plans include space for recreational marine access, the marina and a maritime commercial center. For now, the project is in full demolition mode as the old makes way for the new. As we wrote in the July issue there are plans to replace the currently decommissioned hoist for future dry-stored boats. We also covered Island Yacht Club, which was located on the site and is currently operating as a ‘paper club.’
While the site is under reconstruction, all the former maritime business tenants have moved to new locations. IYC members continue to keep boats at Alameda Marina and run Friday night races. If all goes well, future condo residents of Alameda Marina will continue to enjoy sailing and have the support of marina services right at their doorstep.