Originally Posted by John_Trusty
On a more serious and positive note ... Regardless of the OP's motives, budget, or ethics, he had the opportunity to stay in a Michigan public marina. As a resident and (not frequent enough) user of these marinas
, I assure you that it was a good stay. I encourage any of you who can, to charter
and visit one of these gorgeous facilities. They are nicer than most yacht clubs. The employees are invariably courteous and don't charge for a quick stopover at the fuel dock
, or temporary tie-up to catch a meal in-town. I hope OP does try cruising Michigan again, but bring his wallet this time! Fair winds, Toucan!
I've stayed at a bunch of marinas in Michigan, I can't say if they were municipal or not. I love Michigan especially the UP. Paradise, Hancock, Houghton, Copper Head
and the grand daddy of places to tie up for a single
guy- Marquette! I've visited a lot of ports
in quite a few countries and Marquette (in the summer) is without question my favourite.
Ironically as I recall
, there are quite a few free places to tie up as well. I don't recall
paying for anything but fuel in the Keewena.
Edit: and Paradise. Who the heck are you supposed to pay in Paradise? When I was there, there were no signs, saying who to get in touch with, just a bunch of derelict fishing
boats. USCBP wasn't even interested in coming by to say hi when we cleared in. Maybe its changed, but I've been there within the last decade.
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