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A Mid September’s Note from the Waterfront:

This is a great time of year to find a hunk of good cheese, a crisp apple, a sharp knife and find some time to enjoy your vessel while reflecting on the season.  Sort out a priority list for off season projects and begin to talk to your crew and family about next summer’s adventures.  If a change in vessel ownership is in your future, please contact John Hoenig about listing arrangements prior to winter layup.  It is always good to have photos and details of the vessel before the cover goes on and the snow flies.

The Gales of October are right around the corner.   While we still have beautiful days to go boating, the daylight is growing shorter and breezes a bit cooler so please begin to look at your calendar with an honest respect for our change of season.   Our stronger fall breezes always catch at least one bimini or loosely furled sail off guard causing un needed damage, be sure to batten down the hatches a bit more securely this time of year.

Fenders and Dock lines are on Sale in she Ships Store in Superior, protect your vessel and your neighbors to leeward with strong breezes beginning to be more regular.

Now is the time to schedule your Haul-out date, making note of winter services you may require.   Please reach out to the Service Department to make these arrangements.  As later dates fill, we will need to pull unscheduled boats perhaps earlier than you had hoped so please plan accordingly.  The last week of October is likely already booked up.

Marinas on the Duluth side of the Harbor close before October 15th.   Barker’s generally hauls boats until the end of October and Knife River the middle of the month.  There is always a rush to be last out so act early to avoid being “tagged out” too soon.

Boat yard housekeeping notes:

DIY shrink wrap is not permitted.

Blue tarps rarely last through the first gale or storm.

No Wooden Ladders of any kind.  Always tie ladders top and bottom for safety.

Please do not tie boat covers to the blue boat stands; they get yanked out in big winds. 

Respect the orange cones for no parking, as we are actively placing boats on the hard, they mark where the next boats will be placed.

If you are not winter storing on the property DO NOT leave your boat or trailer in the parking lot after you have hauled it at the public ramp.

Thank you all, and have a safe and fun fall season. 

Eric and all the Crew