The Port of Port Townsend Board of Commissioners is the policy-making and regulatory body for the port. The commissioners oversee Port of Port Townsend operations in both internal and external affairs. The Board is independent of the municipal and county jurisdictions in the Port Townsend District. Some of the responsibilities of the Port Commission are adopting harbor improvement plans; establishing positions and employment policies; managing, acquiring, and selling real Port of Port Townsend property; building and maintaining equipment and facilities; setting rates, charges, and regulations for facility users; adopting budgets; levying taxes; and borrowing funds.
The Port Townsend Boat Haven, a full-service marina, is located on the main route to the San Juan Islands. The Boat Haven is home to 475 recreational and commercial vessels and over 60 marine-related businesses. The Port Townsend Boat Haven has 375 slips from 7.6 to 15.2 meters (25 to 50 feet) and can accommodate boats to 30.5 meters (100 feet) long. There are many restaurants, lodgings, and stores within easy walking distance of the Port Townsend Boat Haven. Transient moorage is available on a first-come first-served basis. The boat launch ramp in the Port Townsend Boat Haven is available on a daily basis for $10, and annual use permits are available for $45. The fuel dock in the Boat Haven offers regular diesel and ethanol-free unleaded gasoline.
The Port of Port Townsend owns and operates several marine and aviation facilities in Jefferson County including the Jefferson County International Airport and several waterfront sites that support marinas, marine and non-marine businesses, boat launch ramps, public recreation sites, and upland facilities. The Port of Port Townsend maintains a waiting list for permanent moorage.
The Port of Port Townsend has several fee-based boat launch ramps. The Port Hadlock Dock offers tie-up for dinghies and skiffs. The Gardiner boat launch ramp is located on Discovery Bay. The Mats-Mats Bay boat launch ramp is on a well-sheltered bay and contains a floating pier. There is also a sand-covered boat launch ramp for small boats in the Port Hadlock commercial district.
The Port Townsend Shipyard is a great place to soak up the city's maritime history. The shipyard has a heavy boat haul-out facility with a marine Travelift that can lift up to 300-ton vessels to 45.7 meters (150 feet) long with a beam of 9.4 meters (30.8 feet). The Port of Port Townsend Shipyard Haul-out Facility has berthing distance of 40.2 meters (132 feet) with alongside depths of 2.4 and 3.7 meters (eight and 12 feet). There is an open storage area for boats at the rear of the dock. The Port of Port Townsend co-owns the Port Townsend Dock with Fleet Marine Inc. used for hauling out vessels for repair and storage at the marine repair plant and open storage area at the rear of the dock.
The Port of Port Townsend Shipyard has capacity for 200 vessels. It contains an environmentally-friendly dedicated hull wash-down facility located next to the ten-acre dry storage area. There is a 390-square-meter (4200-square-foot) concrete-decked work pier with access to heavy equipment for larger vessels. The shipyard also contains fresh seafood vendors, a brewery, and restaurants.
At the northeast corner of Port Townsend's commercial district, Point Hudson is home to the Wooden Boat Foundation. Originally a US Coast Guard station, the Port of Port Townsend's Point Hudson Marina offers 243.8 meters (800 feet) of upgraded docks with 32 slips and a 48-slot RV park. The slips range from 9.8 to 21.3 meters (32 to 70 feet). Transient moorage is available on a first-come first-served basis. Electricity, water, and a pump-out station are available at the docks. The Point Hudson RV Park has 46 sites with full hook-ups. Within easy walking distance are many opportunities for shopping, fine dining, and lodging. The Port of Port Townsend's Point Hudson Marina is located adjacent to the Northwest Maritime Center. The marina offers an access-controlled restroom and shower facility and laundry. There are also meeting rooms and multi-purpose facilities available at Point Hudson for seminars, classes, and social events.
The Port of Port Townsend's Herb Beck Marina and Industrial Park is located on Quilcene Bay at the opening to the Hood Canal. The marina has 60 slips from 6.1 to 12.2 meters (20 to 40 feet) long with electricity, water, and a pump-out station. The marina accepts reservations for transient moorage. Services at the Port of Port Townsend's Herb Beck Marina include fuel, showers, restrooms, and ice. The marina has an RV park with electric hook-ups, cable service, a swimming beach, a boat launch, a day-use picnic area, and dry storage.
The Port of Port Townsend City Dock is used to moor vessels including vessels on exhibit. It has three mooring stations with alongside depths from 3.0 to 7.3 meters (ten to 24 feet). The Port of Port Townsend's Union Wharf is used to moor miscellaneous vessels, including vessels on exhibit. It has two berthing stations with alongside depth of 6.1 meters (20 feet). One station has berthing distance of 33.5 meters (110 feet), and the second has berthing distance of 36.6 meters (120 feet).
The Port of Port Townsend's A & B Floats in the Recreational Basin are used to moor recreational and fishing vessels and to haul-out small vessels for storage and repair. An open boat storage area is located at the rear. Slips range from 6.1 to 13.7 meters (20 to 45 feet) in length and have alongside depths of 3.0 and 3.7 meters (ten and 12 feet).
The Port of Port Townsend's Commercial Basin Floats are used to moor fishing vessels at two berthing stations with alongside depths of 2.4 and 3.0 meters (eight and ten feet). The first berth has berthing distance of 9.1 meters (30 feet), and the second has berthing distance of 4.3 meters (14 feet).
The Fueling Float in the Port of Port Townsend to moor transient vessels and for fueling of small vessels. Two pipelines connect the float to steel storage tanks with total capacity for 12 thousand gallons of fuel. The Fish 'N' Hole Tackle Shop and Fuel Dock operates the fueling float which has berthing distance of 91.4 meters (300 feet) with alongside depth of 2.7 meters (nine feet).
The Port of Port Townsend owns, and the US Coast Guard moors its Point Bennett at the Port Townsend Float. The float has two berthing stations, each with berthing distance of 30.5 meters (100 feet) and alongside depths of 2.4 and 3.0 meters (eight and ten feet).
Fort Worden Beach, adjacent to Fort Worden State Park, is a 366-meter (1200-foot) long undeveloped public beach area used by divers, hikers, and beachcombers. The beach site is accessed by water or by a stairway that descends the steep bluff above the beach. The Port Townsend Marine Science Center operates a branch facility adjacent to the Port of Port Townsend's part of the beach. Since the 4th of July fireworks are released from a barge adjacent to the beach, it is a popular spot for enjoying the celebrations.
Directly north of the Port Townsend Boat Haven, the port owns about 21 acres of undeveloped land at the Kah Tai Lagoon. The City leases part of the Port of Port Townsend's property that it uses as a passive recreation park and open space. There is an on-site restroom and parking area in the city-leased area.
The Port of Port Townsend's Quincy Street Dock is currently being restored by a local business that leases the dock which has three offshore mooring dolphins. This former ferry dock is located on about 280 square meters (3000 square feet) owned by the Port of Port Townsend. Today, the former ferry dock is fenced, with no public access.