Photo Gallery | Seaplanes descend on Poulsbo

Kenmore Air and privately owned seaplanes come to the Viking City

Four Kenmore Air seaplanes made a stop in Liberty Bay on Thursday, Oct. 4 as the local airline hosts the Seaplane Pilots Association’s annual member trip.

The port’s maintenance manager, Jared Hofer, said the quick stop offered the port a brief opportunity to show off its capabilities as a seaplane destination.

“We’ve got four planes from Kenmore Air,” Hofer said. “They dropped off a bunch of passengers — I’d say about 30 to 40 passengers in total. They’re downtown in Poulsbo, shopping, taking in lunch.”

Hofer noted that as it is, the port’s seaplane dock is tricky for pilots to use due to the wingspan of the aircraft needing to clear the dock’s pilings. Hofer explained that discussions are ongoing which propose building onto the marina in order to increase the port’s seaplane capabilities during forthcoming expansion efforts.

All told, four de Havilland Otters from Kenmore Air made a stop at the Port of Poulsbo Marina, with three mooring up at the end of F-dock. A number of smaller, privately owned de Havilland Beavers also made the trip out.

— Nick Twietmeyer is a reporter with Kitsap News Group. Nick can be reached at

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