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Old 10-12-2019, 09:33   #1
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Slip Wait Lists...

We are faced with moving to either Traverse City MI or Green Bay WI. Slip availability in/near GB doesn't appear to be a problem (Sturgeon Bay looks like a good option).

But there is nothing near Traverse City - everyone has a 3-5 year wait list.

We currently live in Marquette, MI and keep our boat in Escanaba (about an hour away). It's a great arrangement - cheap, plenty of slips, and access to good cruising.

Does anyone else have experience with slip wait lists? What did you do in the meantime?
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Old 10-12-2019, 10:29   #2
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Re: Slip Wait Lists...

If you're willing to commute from Green Bay to Sturgeon Bay, the commute from Traverse City to Frankfort or Leland is shorter.

What most people do when they can't get the slip they want is get a slip or mooring ball elsewhere. Here in Chicago they used to offer bribes, but that's not a thing any more.
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Old 10-12-2019, 13:02   #3
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Re: Slip Wait Lists...

Thanks for the reply.

Yeah I started looking into nearby marinas - just got a response from Leland saying they are 100% transient (what?). Frankfort Municipal is wait list and have an inquiry sent to Betsy Bay Marina (also in Frankfort).

Guess I never realized how good we have it in Escanaba.
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Re: Slip Wait Lists...

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got a response from Leland saying they are 100% transient (what?)
Means they don't want liveaboard. Increasingly common these days
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Re: Slip Wait Lists...

I would take "100% Transient" to mean, they are more like a hotel than an apartment complex. They rent (per foot x per night), they don't rent long term seasonal contracts.
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There is no such thing as live aboard up there. Winter makes short work of boats and humans in the water.
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