New Pumpout Boat Serves Harbor

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Harbor Has Spiffy New Biffy Boat

Boaters, you may have noticed that “The Pumpout Guy” is sporting a new ride on the harbor this month. That’s right, Terry & Sons has a brand-new boat for your pumpout needs — and this biffy boat is pretty spiffy.

The new aluminum launch, complete with purple fenders all the way around for safe cozying-up to do its business with customers, was built this winter by Pacific Skiffs in Marysville. It replaces business owner Terry Durfee’s old pumpout boat, which is currently on the hard for service at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard.


Terry & Sons’ old pumpout boat, built in 1997, returns to its slip at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard.

“It’s just in for some rehabilitation,” said Durfee of the 1997 boat, his first pumpout boat, which he bought on the East Coast. “We like to keep it looking good as well as in good working order.”


The boatyard crew is repairing the fiberglass on the center console and transom and applying new bottom and hull paint. Once the vessel is refurbished, Terry & Sons will take it north for holding tank pumpout service on Lake Washington.

Terry & Sons Pumpouts Are Free to Boaters

The new 25-foot boat — which needs a name, folks, but more on that in a minute — is the sixth boat in Durfee’s fleet serving Terry & Sons Mobile Marine Pumpout Services. It was purpose-built by Pacific Skiffs, which stepped out from its typical build on this vessel, Durfee said.


Terry Durfee, owner of Terry & Sons Mobile Marine Pumpout Services, performs a holding tank pumpout near Seward Park in Seattle a few years ago.

“They don’t normally build pumpout boats,” said Durfee, who is beginning his 12th year in the pumpout business. “They do a great job for us.”

The boat builder installed a 400-gallon blackwater holding tank, constructed a larger, enclosed cabin for more comfort in all kinds of Pacific Northwest weather, and included the full gamut of electronics — heat, radar and the electric pump running off the battery, added Durfee.

The new boat is part of Durfee’s plan to expand his pumpout service in the South Sound. He first began operating in the Seattle area, and then started his free-to-boaters service in Gig Harbor in 2017. Now he’s looking to further his reach from his Gig Harbor base, with a target start date for that of April 2020.

“We’ve pretty much gotten the word out in the harbor,” he said. “Now we want to broaden our area in the South Sound, basically down to Nisqually, Tyee, Quartermaster Harbor, Des Moines.”

Durfee currently has three pumpout boat skippers, two in Gig Harbor and one part-time on Lake Washington. Through federal, state and community-level funding — spearheaded locally by Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard — Terry & Sons Mobile Marine Pumpout Services offers boat-side holding tank pumpout at no cost to boat owners.

Whether at anchor, on a mooring ball, or tied up to a dock or in a slip, boaters can call Terry & Sons for a boat-side pumpout. Just call on VHF 68 or use the phone number on the side of the boat: (206) 437-6764. You can also schedule a pumpout online by going to The Pumpout Guy.

Boaters can call upon Terry & Sons while in Seattle this coming weekend with Opening Day of Boating Season activities on May 4.

It’s All in the Name – Help Name the New Pumpout Boat


Terry & Sons’ new pumpout boat pulls into Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard. (Photo by Mark Rybin. Photo at top by Hartwell Champagne.)

OK, folks, this is where you come in. This new spiffy-biffy pumpout boat needs a fitting name. Maybe you’ve seen the Fecal Freak serving Roche Harbor in the San Juans. A quick Google search lifted the lid on other catchy monikers, such as Headhunter, Poop Sloop and the Discharge Barge.

So, spend some time in the thinking room and help come up with a clever name for Gig Harbor’s new pumpout boat. You can leave your suggestions in the comment box below. But please: keep them sanitized for all readers and harbor visitors or they may get flushed.

Read more at previous blog on Terry & Sons.

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