A manufacturer of aluminum workboats that launched just one year ago, Mavrik Marine LLC has since outgrown its Bellingham boatyard and is moving into a space at the La Conner Marina this week.

The company has grown alongside increasing demand for new workboats on the West Coast, as fishing and other commercial fleets built in the 1980s and ’90s need to be replaced.

Zachery Battle, Mavrik’s co-owner, said demand for their boats has been “overwhelming” since the business opened last November.

“The market is buoyant for what we’re doing,” said Battle.

Other builders of aluminum boats in Skagit County have seen demand for their seines and skiffs jump in recent years, as owners of older fleets realize they can no longer put off replacing them.

Patsy Martin, executive director for the Port of Skagit, said her staff worked hard to recruit Mavrik Marine to fill an empty space at the port’s La Conner Marina. The 11,000-square-foot facility had been home to Action Marine Service, a boat shop that closed in January but continued to offer dry storage through April, Martin said.

She said getting an empty building filled with a new tenant so quickly is one thing, but to have that tenant fit into what could be a growing niche of the local boatbuilding scene is another plus.

“This region has a long tradition of boatbuilding and boat repair, and we feel that’s an important niche that much of Skagit County has to offer,” Martin said.

Read the full story in Tuesday's Skagit Valley Herald Business section

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