- Published: Wednesday, 03 October 2018 13:07
- Written by Alpenglow Lights
According to michigan.gov, the state of Michigan has a total of 3,228 miles of freshwater shoreline, which is more than any other U.S. State except Alaska. This measurement includes 1,056 miles of island shoreline. Michigan has a number of marinas to choose from. Let's see which ones are the best in the state.
Grand Isle Marina, Grand Haven
Operated by Safe Harbor Marinas, the largest marina company in the world, Grand Isle Marina is located minutes from Lake Michigan. They are recognized as the Boater's Utopia of the Midwest. Accessible location, superior customer service, pristine grounds, and social and member events are just some of the reasons why this marina is one of the favorites in the state. Their wet slips can accommodate boats of all types and sizes from 30 feet to 104 feet in length. Most wet slips include cable TV, electric, water, phone outlet, dock box., and slip-side parking. For winterization, Grand Isle Marina can store boats from 14 feet to 140 feet in length, with each boat safely lifted by one of their 50 ton, 70 ton, or 165 ton Marine travel hoists.
Having one of the best full-service marine departments on Lake Michigan, they offer engine rebuild, stern thruster installation, boat fine-tuning not only for marina members but also for all local boaters. Additional services include synthetic decking, bottom blast and barrier coat, air conditioning installation, gel repairs, engine rebuilding, and or replacement, out-drive service and rebuilding, outboards, generators, underwater gear, electronic repair and replacements, refrigeration, and Sealand systems.
Coldwater Lake Marina, Coldwater
One of the top-rated marinas in all of Michigan, Coldwater Lake Marina has a showroom for boats that are for sale and others for rental. They provide service and warranty work on certain brands of personal watercraft, pontoon boats, powerboats, and wake/ski boats. They hire top factory-trained technicians and are continually training and updating to keep up with today's more complex power systems. Their other services include winterization, canvas replacement, hull washing, upholstery repair, fiberglass repair, boat detailing, canvas repair, tune-ups, and propeller reconditioning.
North Shore Marina, Spring Lake
Located on Michigan's West Coast at the entrance to the Grand River, North Shore Marina is a full-service marina operating since 1950. According to their website, they are West Michigan's largest and most complete boat repair facility. North Shore Marina offers 205 boat slips, new boat sales, used boat sales, brokerage, and repossessions. Their service department employs technicians and staff members that are certified and up to date on the latest advancements within the marine industry. They have mechanical technicians specializing in Nitram paint systems, Gougon Brothers Fiberglass Systems, complete engine, transmission and outdrive repair or replacement, maintenance, and expert troubleshooting. Their 100,000 square foot facilities can house up to 110' boats. Their other services include complete hull repair, refit and customization, electrical install and repair, and canvas repair and replacement.
Toledo Beach Marina, La Salle Township
A full-service marina, Toledo Beach Marina offers 550 deep-water boat slips and service for storage. The marina is nestled in a naturally protected harbor surrounded by greeneries on 250 acres of land. The marina is located in Monroe County, Michigan and it offers family-friendly activities that include a heated swimming pool, playscape, picnic areas, laundry facilities, among many. Their services include yacht refit and refinishing, rigging, engine services, electronics, electrical, plumbing, transient services, refrigeration, custom woodworking, fiberglass repair, awl grip, painting, brightwork restoration, sail loft, canvas loft, and air conditioning repair and installation. According to their website, they offer America's leading supplier of boat paint maintenance solutions to help protect, beautify, and improve a boat's performance.
Michigan Harbor Properties, St. Clair Shores
With over 14 miles of canals and 3,000 boat wells, The Nautical Mile, on St. Clair Shores is known for having the most marinas and boats per square foot in the country. Michigan Harbor is one of the marinas in The Nautical Mile. It has 115,000 square feet of heated storage that can hold 200 boats up to 80 feet in length. In addition, it can also store over 400 boats outside its secure and gated lot. The marina is secured by an automatic gated entrance. They have 410 open wells and 40 covered wells that can accommodate up to 80' boats. Also, their 15 skilled mechanics are ready to fulfill your parts and service needs.