The Bristol Harbormaster’s office was given the ‘ok’ by the Bristol Historic Commission to install 42 new kayak racks and 16 dinghy racks this spring. The cost to install these racks is about $1,800. If each space was rented for $50 per year, it has the potential to generate about $4,100 in revenue for the town.
Currently, there are only 24 spots that seafarers can store their kayaks and dinghies, and there is a wait-list of 17 people seeking storage space.
A dingy rack, accommodating 16 dinghies, will be built along the existing fence that separates the State Street Dock and the Azevedo property on Thames Street. Here is where kayak rack, accommodating 14 kayaks, will also be built.
Two other 14-spot kayak racks will be built in the upper stone parking area of Independence Park, and at Union Street Park next to the existing dinghy rack.
All racks will be staked to the ground, in the event they need to be moved for any reason.