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Defiance Marine braving uncharted waters in SK

Jon Lawrence is the sales manager at Defiance Marine, which became the first business to open in the South Kitsap Industrial Area in September. - Chris Chancellor/Staff Photo
Jon Lawrence is the sales manager at Defiance Marine, which became the first business to open in the South Kitsap Industrial Area in September.
— image credit: Chris Chancellor/Staff Photo

It’s not just a store for Jon Lawrence. It’s a lifestyle.

Lawrence, sales manager at Defiance Marine, helped open the 6,000-square foot store in part to help people such as himself.

“A large part of it was our frustration as fishermen — not being able to find anything,” he said.

Defiance Marine, which became the first business to open in the South Kitsap Industrial Area in September, attempts to accomplish that by selling products from tackle to boats.

The latter is a specialty.

The store produced a series of boats designed for fishermen that range from 22 to 29 feet.

Lawrence said the 22-footer seats four “comfortably” and features a 13-foot cockpit for fishing that is 9 feet, 10 inches wide.

He said that boat also has a range of 400 miles on a 100-gallon tank.

Another feature is the craftsmanship.

Lawrence said Defiance Marine’s boats, which include a lifetime warranty, are fiberglass and do not contain wood.

He said that’s significant because it prevents rot damage.

Lawrence has a variety of boats for different budgets.

The store’s 16-foot Defiance Alloy starts at $19,995, but Lawrence said the 29-foot Guadalupe runs between $120,000 to $150,000.

For those who want small boats, Defiance Marine features 11- and 13-feet skiffs.

“You have so many boats out on hooks in Hood Canal,” Lawrence said. “You have to have a little boat to get back and forth.”

Defiance Marine has a pair of teams that have won the Oregon and Washington Tuna Classics, but Lawrence said bringing a store to the area is more than about supplying their personal interests.

The company has produced boats in Kitsap County for several years, but Lawrence said this is the first time it has sold equipment.

“Your tuna fleet for recreational guys has grown unbelievably,” Lawrence said. “There was something like a 1,000 or 2,000 trips in the early ’90s. It has grown to more than 100,000.”

The store, which is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, also has a service and parts department.

Lawrence said they work on any boats and they are willing to order parts if they are not in stock.

He said a popular service now is winterizing boats.

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