Free mobile pumpout in PT during Wooden Boat Festival

Posted 9/6/16

Thanks to grant funding as part of the Clean Vessel Act, Terry and Sons offers free mobile pumpout services in Port Townsend throughout the 40th Wooden Boat Festival weekend. The pumpout service …

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Free mobile pumpout in PT during Wooden Boat Festival

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Thanks to grant funding as part of the Clean Vessel Act, Terry and Sons offers free mobile pumpout services in Port Townsend throughout the 40th Wooden Boat Festival weekend. The pumpout service comes directly to your boat, either at anchor or in the marina. Owner Terry Durfee says his service, which ordinarily serves customers in Lake Washington, Portage Bay and Duwamish River, is excited about bringing the mobile pumpout to the Festival.

Boats wanting pumpout services in Port Townsend on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, Sept. 9-11, can call Durfee on VHF Channel 68, or phone 206-437-6764.

Terry and Sons has been offering mobile pumpouts for 12 years; recent grant funding and increasing customer awareness have expanded the business hugely. In his first year, Durfee pumped out 104 vessels. In 2015, he said he serviced more than 5,000, keeping more than 125,000 gallons of sewage out of Washington waters.

Washington Sea Grant was instrumental in getting the service to Festival; Durfee is pleased to be expanding boater awareness of the free pumpout program. Roughly 75 percent of the program's budget comes from grant funding; the remainder of costs are supported by community donations.

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