Lighthouse Marine Inc.
We are an Authorized and Certified Dealer for:
Certified Yamaha 5-Star Dealer
Certified Mercuryand Mercruiser Dealer since 1988
Certified Bombardier - OMC, Johnson, Evinrude Dealer since 1988
Certified Volvo Service
Lighthouse Marine Inc.
Pleasurable Boating and Getting You Out on the Water Is Our Goal
5926 Sehmel Dr. NW Bldg A, Gig Harbor, WA 98332
253-858-7280 * 253-858-8160
Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday
5926 Sehmel Dr NW Bldg A, Gig Harbor WA 98332
Question: Can I leave my lower unit empty of lubricant over the winter?
Answer: We do not recommend leaving a lower unit empty during storage periods. An empty oil cavity may allow moisture to collect on the gears, bearings and shafts. Rust will form when the moisture reacts with the air, damaging the internal components. Note: If water was present when draining the gear oil, the lower unit should be inspected by your authorized dealer and not left over the winter or non-use time. See our winterizing pages for what we do for winter storage.
Question: Can I start my engine momentarily out f the water?
Answer: No, NEVER start or run your outboard without water circulating through the cooling water intake in the gear case. Cooling water prevents damage to the water pump (running dry) and overheating of the engine.
Check back next month for more Frequently Asked Questions
*ALERT * Washington Department of Licensing HIN Numbers
The Washington State Department of Licensing is required to comply with Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security code of federal regulations. It requires that all State titled vessels have a 12-character hull identification number (HIN) that conforms to federal standards. This is a result of a new State software system. Many vessels have HINs that do not conform to the newer standards. You will receive a letter from the Department of Licensing if your HIN numbers do not conform. If you do receive a letter, that they do not conform, then you will be required to visit a Vehicle Licensing Office, along with the your registration and a photo/picture of the current HIN numbers as it appears on the boat. You will then be issued a new Certificate of Ownership with a compliant HIN, along with the display instructions. You cannot renew online. There will be no fees for this transaction. The new numbers will need to be permanently affixed to your vessel, in two places, as per regulations, if they are different. Please contact DOL Customer Service Center at CustomerCare@dol.wa.gov or (360) 902-3770, if you have any questions.
NOTE: Remember to notify your Marine Insurance Company if your HIN does change.
James Blythe - Technician
Richard Scott - Technician
The History behind Lighthouse Marine
Lighthouse Marine Inc. was established in November 1988 on Harborview Drive. Wally’s Marine had previously been at this location for almost 15 years. We started small and have grown into a business serving more than 3,000 customers. Lighthouse Marine is owned and operated by the partnership of Rich and Treva Swanson and Mike and Mary Averill, all living in the Gig Harbor area. When we outgrew our Harborview location in the Spring of 2017, we moved on the other side of the freeway to 5926 Sehmel Dr. NW Unit A, still in Gig Harbor. We have allot more room for boats big and small. Come and check out our new home
Rich and Mike have been in the marine repair business for more than 46 years. Rich began his career at Tiderunner Boats in Gig Harbor and Mike started at Riverside Boat in California. Both bring to the company a wealth of knowledge and experience.
In addition to Mike and Rich, we have 4 marine mechanics and 2 customer service technicians. We receive factory training each year to update our knowledge and skills on the current products that we sell and service. We strive throughout the years to continually update and improve our facility, knowledge, tools and our products. We invite you to call or come by any time. We are here to service you.
Mark Corbett our Outboard Technician has been with us at Lighthouse Marine Inc. for over 20 years. We just want to say thank you to Mark for his quality of work, his continued care and concern for our customers and to tell him we appreciate all his hard work and friendship along the way. Thanks Mark!.
We’re committed to providing you with the highest level of service, so you’ll always choose us for your maintenance and repair needs.
For most people, boat maintenance and repair is not fun or convenient. So, we want to make the process as easy and enjoyable as possible for you. We genuinely care about your boat and your experience, and it shows. Our first-time customers continually become our long term customers time and time again, choosing us for all their boat needs.
We may not be related, but you’ll feel like we’re family.
Left to right - Mary Averill - Co-owner, Mike Averill - Co-owner, Rich Swanson - Co-owner, James Blythe - Technician, Mark Corbett - Technician, Richard Scott - Technician, Tim Wagoner - Customer Service
Not pictured: Treva Swanson - Co-owner, Joe Gannon - Customer Service, Shane Cooper - Technician
Rich Swanson and Mike Averill - Owners
We’re committed to boat and engine repair and service and to serving you with quality and value.
Our mechanics are highly skilled and have years of experience. Most of all: they love boats and care about yours. Whether it’s our quick, quality, friendly service or the honesty and value we bring to every interaction, our customers love us.
Get to know our experienced mechanics. They’ve got tools, skills, and a desire to help. Come see why no shop is as quick, qualified, or convenient as we are.