By Shannon Haugland
Sitka Sentinel 

Rising costs force developer to cancel new boat haul-out in Sitka


James Poulsen/Sitka Sentinel

Sitka shipwright Mike Nurco works on the Sea Lark at the Halibut Point Marine haul-out on April 4. The 44-foot Sea Lark was the last boat in Sitka's fishing fleet to be hauled out at the facility before the area is fully converted to support the new cruise passenger terminal.

A developer has notified Sitka that high construction costs have caused the partnership to withdraw its proposal to build a new boatyard and haul-out.

Sitka's last haul-out operator, Halibut Point Marine, in March pulled up its last boat after it had converted the area into a cruise ship terminal. The decision by Sitka Community Boatyard to abandon its plans leaves no prospect in sight for a replacement operation in Sitka.

Wrangell's Port and Harbors Department has reported an increase in calls to use the community's Marine Service Center haul-out services after the Sitka business closed do...

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