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WELCOME to the website of the SF Marina Harbor Association. The association is a not-for-profit unincorporated association under the laws of the State of California.

OUR MISSION is to promote the betterment of the San Francisco Marina Small Craft Harbor, located along Marina Boulevard in San Francisco, CA (between Fort Mason and the Presidio), including the maintenance and improvement of the harbor’s facilities.

OUR BYLAWS were adopted in August 2006 with minor revisions the following November.
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YOUR PRIVACY is important to us – details: http://sfmarinaharbor.org/privacy-policy/

 

Latest News

SF Marina Harbor Association Annual Meeting Feb. 10th 2022 – Minutes and Video
February 15, 2022

Minutes of Annual Meeting

Kurt Hemmingsen was re-elected as Secretary-Webmaster and Theresa Brandner was elected Director without opposition.
Besides the board members, there were almost 50 attendees which is about double the number who attend an in-person AGM.
Bruce Stone, the Treasurer, reported about $10K in the treasury fund and an increase in membership.
The proposed East Harbor sailing center was well received with a number of favorable comments.

 

Here’s the recording of the Feb 10 SF Marina Harbor Association Annual Meeting:

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In the meeting, Harbormaster Scott Grindy and Rec and Park Project Manager Kelli Rudnick reported on various initiatives,  Some highlights:

Berth holder bathrooms – BCDC’s EIR that authorized the West Harbor project specified two new berth-holder toilets in the west end of the harbormaster hut when his office relocates to the degaussing station. This document is attached.

At the east end of that building, there are two rooms for berth holders, each with two showers – one ADA-approved and one normal.  In November 2014, we proposed removing the normal shower and installing a toilet and sent drawings to the Harbormaster (see attachment).  Now, 8 years later, he has announced that Rec and Park will make this conversion.

The harbor entrance is getting narrow and shallow.  See the attachment of readings on 02-09-22 at a +0.8 tide. At a normal 0.0 sea level, just deduct 0.8 from these readings and you will understand what it means for a typical boat like a J/105 drawing 6.5 feet – running aground unless hugging the northern side and avoiding the green buoys.  Also, note that these readings taken by the harbormaster staff are rounded off to the nearest foot so could be 0.5 shallower.  In the areas marked 7 feet on this diagram, there could be just 4.5 to 5 feet of water at a low tide.  It will continue to silt in, and not be usable for keelboats in a few months.  Also, the channel marked by these buoys is in the wrong location as the dredging was done to the North, closer to the jetty.  For the past two years, we have been requesting these buoys be relocated in a curve to the North, guiding boats in a safer path, but the Harbormaster said that takes a year and is expensive to study and implement. The harbor’s budget runs from July 1 to June 30, and fresh funds become available in August; therefore the Harbormaster stated he must wait until next fiscal year to dredge.  We pointed out that the harbor is being choked off and we’re not getting the benefit of the bargain in the slip fees we pay.  We suggested that the Coast Guard and the Fire Department cannot get their larger boats into the harbor and nor can deep draft boats visiting for a cruise or passing through for a regatta, and it will get worse.  He said he cannot do anything about it, and to avoid transiting the entrance at low tide.

The BCDC EIR also counted on the continuation of the sandpit just outside the jetty to mitigate shoaling of the harbor.  The Harbormaster says that was handled by the Department of Public Works and is outside of his jurisdiction.

Kelli Rudnick, Project Manager for the East Harbor renovation, described the calendar for the project.  Concept design and community outreach in 2022-23, design and permitting in 2024, bidding and then vacating the harbor in 2025, and then a three-year construction period to 2028.  Berth holders would be expected to relocate to other parts of SF Bay.  The Department is reviewing three options but favoring not rebuilding the shallower south end of the harbor. We pointed out that rather than abandon that area, we favor building a platform to support a community boating center like in Alameda and Redwood City, with classrooms, showers, and dry boat storage for skiffs, dinghies, small keelboats, kayaks, paddleboards, and secure storage of boaters’ gear. This would generate rental income.  See attachment. We would seek funding from various corporations and foundations to cover the cost of lessons for SF public school children. We also believe the harbor needs a sheet-pile breakwater along the East axis, close to the adjacent Ft. Mason pier, to protect the harbor from northeasterly swells.  As this would also benefit Ft. Mason, we requested that the Department reach out to the National Park Service and our Congressional representatives for a cost-sharing program.

Fuel Dock – Kelli stated that the fuel dock would be relocated to West Harbor, near the pump-out station across from Golden Gate YC, so on our plan we drew in a launching area for dragon boats in the area to be vacated. However, on further study, we have learned that the Fair seawall along Marina Green is unstable and that it would be unlikely to support fuel tanks.  Also, the West Harbor area is congested, so adding commercial traffic in there for refueling would be unsafe for the large number of non-motorized boats sailing in and out of the harbor.  The best location is the current location in East Harbor, and we suggested that the Department dredge that section to accommodate it is staying there.

Meeting Notice | SF Marina Harbor Annual Meeting -Thursday, Feb.10, 2022
January 11, 2022

SF Marina Harbor Annual Meeting – Thursday, February 10, 2022 – 7 PM Pacific – via ZOOM
To join the webinar please click:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84897421434

Meeting Agenda
Kelli Rudnick, SF Rec & Park Project Manager, will explain the settlement with PGE and outline the anticipated timeline for the redevelopment of East Harbor.
SF Marina Harbor Association will present a preliminary vision for a community boating center in the southern end of East Harbor where the City intends to abandon many berths rather than dredging there.  We are also recommending dedicated berth-holder bathrooms as well as a breakwater along the eastern edge to protect against surges. The conceptual design is depicted below.
Harbormaster Scott Grindy will discuss the significant West Harbor entrance shoaling, overall security, parking, bathrooms, staffing, and a wide range of topics, plus take Q&A.
Election of Officers & Directors – Nominating Committee recommends:
President – Mark Hensley
Vice President & Treasurer – Bruce Stone
Secretary & Webmaster – Kurt Hemmingsen
Directors: Alex Mulder, Risley Sams, Theresa Brandner

Other nominations may be made during the meeting
Please RSVP to bruce@brucestone.com

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Feb 10, 2022 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: 2021 SF Marina Harbor Association Meeting

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
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Webinar ID: 848 9742 1434
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SF Marina Harbor Association Annual Meeting Jan. 14th 2021 – Minutes and Video
January 27, 2021

The association held our annual meeting via Zoom on Jan. 14th, 2021

31 members attended, in addition to outgoing board members and current and nominated board members.

Our Harbormaster, Scott Grindy was also in attendance and provided the association the annual report of accomplishments and plans for the current calendar year.

Highlights from the meeting:

  • The minutes of the last annual meeting were unanimously approved by all parties.
  • Outgoing President, Paul Manning is relocating to the East Coast and we thank him for his contributions.
  • The treasurer reports good financial standing and reminds members to renew their membership.
  • We welcome new Board Member, Director, Alex Mulder, and congratulate newly elected President, Mark Hensley
  • Harbormaster, Scott Grindy shared great progress on the $190 Million settlement agreement with PG&E to clean-up, remediate and rebuild East Harbor

View the recording of the meeting on our YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/H8YTcQv9Vgo

SFMHA Minutes of Annual Meeting_January 27 2021 v1.4

Contact SFMHA Secretary, Kurt Hemmingsen should you have any questions.

SF Marina Harbor Annual Meeting -Thursday, Jan.14, 2021
November 30, 2020

SF Marina Harbor Annual Meeting – Thursday, January 14, 2021 – 7 PM Pacific – via ZOOM
To join the webinar please click: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89143935196

Or call 1 669 900 9128
Webinar ID: 891 4393 5196

Approval of Minutes of Annual Meeting
Treasurer’s Report
Election of Officers and Directors

Establishment of working parties on:
– Docks, gates, wi-fi, bathrooms, dredging – all physical aspects of the harbor
– Review and oversight of Harbor finances; operations, capital improvements, variance analysis – Actual versus Plan
– Rules and Regulations – out of date and need to be more rational
– East Harbor Project – light a fire under it!
– Communications to and among berth holders – social media, website, email, and meetings

Harbormaster, Scott Grindy, will attend and discuss a wide range of topics, plus take Q&A – details below:
– East Harbor Renovation – Scope and Timing
– West Basin Entrance Dredging
– Repurposing former harbormaster office building – Additional bathrooms for berth holders versus chandler and yacht broker
– West Harbor Security Camera System
– Wi-Fi so berth holders can install cameras on their boats
– Parking issues – problems with commuters, RVs, and Uber/Lyft drivers – metering the parking spaces to eliminate all-day commuter parking is under discussion

Our nominating committee has proposed the following slate of officers, and we’ll take nominations from the floor:

President, Mark Hensley | mph47@aol.com
Vice President & Treasurer, Bruce Stone | bruce@brucestone.com
Secretary & Webmaster, Kurt Hemmingsen | dksailor.kh@gmail.com
Director, Albert Wetter | Albert@awetter.com
Director, Alex Mulder | Alex@polaris-re.com
Director, Al Cavey | alcavey2@msn.com
Director, Risley Sams | risleysams@yahoo.com

We post meeting minutes and archives at www.sfmarinaharbor.org and you can renew your membership using PayPal at http://sfmarinaharbor.org or by check – just $60 for three years!

Please share this notice with other berth-holders who might not be members. See you at the meeting via ZOOM on the 14th!

Bruce J. Stone
Acting President, SF Marina Harbor Association
bruce@brucestone.com
917-822-4060 cellular

Marina Harbor Master Moves Offices into Historic Space
November 28, 2020
Marina Harbor Master Moves Offices into Historic Space
This Video highlights San Francisco’s new Marina Harbor Master office, which has been remodeled from stem to stern.
This new office was originally built as a degaussing station in 1952 and recently completed its renovation.
Learn more about the building’s history and how the Harbor Master will better serve our community with this newly renovated facility!
New Address:
San Francisco Marina Small Craft Harbor | 1 Marina Green Drive | San Francisco, CA 94123
Telephone Number:
(415) 831-6322

Membership

Membership is open to anyone interested in the development and operations of the SF Marina Harbor.

PAY BY MAIL:

Please mail a check for $60 (for three years) payable to SF Marina Harbor Association to:

SF Marina Harbor Association
c/o Bruce Stone
2149 North Point
San Francisco, CA 94123


PAY ONLINE:

SFMHA Dues



 

Please include your preferred mailing address, phone number, email address and SF Marina berth number on all correspondence.

ELECTED OFFICERS

Officers & Directors

Mark Hensley,
President

Bruce Stone,
Vice President & Treasurer

Kurt Hemmingsen,
Director, Secretary & Webmaster

Directors

Alex Mulder, Director

Theresa Brandner, Director

Risley Sams, Director, Director

Al Cavey, Emeritus

Get In Touch

    • Mailing Address:
      SF Marina Harbor Association
      c/o Bruce Stone
      2149 North Point
      San Francisco, CA 94123

    • Email: webmaster@sfmarinaharbor.org
    • Website: http://sfmarinaharbor.org