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Thirty-six more boat berths would be added to the San Francisco Marina Yacht Harbor under a proposal by the Recreation and Park Department. - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
  • Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner
  • Thirty-six more boat berths would be added to the San Francisco Marina Yacht Harbor under a proposal by the Recreation and Park Department.

The overhaul of the Marina Yacht Harbor is sailing forward with votes Thursday on whether to spend additional funds to add 36 additional berths and if new rules should be adopted about berthing licenses.

The San Francisco Marina Yacht Harbor is undergoing the first major upgrade since 1963. The Recreation and Park Department began renovating the West Harbor in February 2011 and is slated to complete the work by December.

Work includes replacement of docks, construction of two new breakwaters, dredging and upgrades to the Harbormaster’s building. The work costs nearly $26 million, which includes a $23.5 million loan from the California Department of Boating and Waterways.

The Recreation and Park Department is seeking approval to spend $1 million to construct an additional 36 berths at the West Harbor for a total of 379. The additional berths are expected to generate $157,000 annually in licensing fees. The berths would be located along the breakwater at the entrance to the West Harbor near the Golden Gate Yacht Club.

The Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee meets Thursday to vote whether to approve spending. 

The committee is also being asked to approve new berth license rules and set fees. If the changes are passed, boat owners will no longer be allowed to transfer their berth licenses as part of their boat sale to the new owner. But berth licenses could be transferred for a $50 fee to spouses or domestic partners or if the license holder purchases a new boat of similar size. There will also be a one-time chance for transfers upon sales of boat to those on the berth wait list for a fee of $150 per foot for under 35 foot berths,  $200 per foot for berths between 40 and 45 feet and $325 per foot for berths 50 feet or longer.

The West Harbor work is considered the first phase. A renovation of the East Harbor, which is adjacent to Fort Mason, is also being planned.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com