North Shore Maritime Businesses Consolidate

North Shore Maritime Businesses Consolidate


Bay Ship & Yacht’s parent company, Bay Maritime Corp., announced on Monday, Dec. 5, that it had acquired Svendsen’s Chandlery and Svendsen’s Marine International.

Svendsen’s has had a working relationship with Bay Ship & Yacht for decades, according to the press release that announced the deal. Bay Maritime will take over operations at Alameda Marina in January. Sean Svendsen will continue in his role as Svendsen’s general manager.

“We’re excited about the opportunity for growth and expansion of our Svendsen’s brand through synergy created with the Bay Maritime group of companies,” he said. “Our customers will find that it’s business as usual with our friendly staff and excellent service team.”

Svendsen’s has been in business since 1963, when Svend and Suzanne Svendsen started Svendsen’s Boat Works at the Pacific Marina, today’s Marina Village. Three years later, they moved to the current location at Alameda Marina. 

Until he passed away in 2013, Svend worked side-by-side with his employees. Together they grew the business into today’s boat repair and supply business. “Svendsen’s will continue to operate under the Svendsen’s name and provide full-service boat repair at its boatyard located at the Alameda Marina, as well as supply name-brand marine products to commercial customers through its established distribution network and chandlery,” Bay Maritime stated. 

“Svendsen’s has been one of our chief product suppliers for decades, so we know the company and its employees well, and intend to continue the innovative path established by the Svendsen family for the past five-plus decades,” said Bay Maritime president Bill Elliot. 

Like Svendsen’s, Bay Ship & Yacht has deep roots in Alameda’s maritime soil. The company will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. The company serves the industry at its refit and new construction yards at a full-service ship repair facility in Alameda, as well as at a full-service boatyard in Richmond.