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March 1, 2023:


Snow showers and fierce winds have dominated the weather forecasts, but the longer daylight and 30 degree temperatures give us hope that spring is right around the corner! This is the time of year that winter starts to feel very long, but we know that suddenly we will have melting snow and springs buds. Don’t let spring creep up on you– now is the time to plan those spring chores so you’re ready for launch!

Each spring we’re asked,  “When can you launch my boat?”  It is pretty quick to launch one; so don’t delay and get your chores done on the nice days.  Service and Launch forms will be mailed out in the April 1st mailing and available on our website.  We can typically launch a vessel within a day or two of request, or even the same day in many cases.  That said, if your vessel requires extensive commissioning, assembly or rigging-please reach out to the service staff to make those arrangements early, as the list grows longer every day.   

Megan has been reaching out for dock deposits which were due in January; we have now made all slips without deposits paid available on a first come basis.  Payment for dockage in full is due April 1.  The Ship’s Store and service building office is open Monday through Friday 8:00-4:30, The service office is also open Saturday until noon.  Expanded hours begin after Easter. Please note there are a few slips available at Knife River Marina, give them a call if you would like to inquire about a slip ‘up North’ 218-834-6076.

The Barker’s and Knife River crew were happy to see many familiar faces at the boat shows this winter.  Thank you for coming out in the cold!  It’s always nice to touch base with our clients  during the winter months, the boat shows are a breath of fresh air and gets everyone excited for the summer soon to come. We had a lot of interest in our AquaTraction and we see that becoming more popular each year. It’s an easy and attractive upgrade for your boat– give us a call and we can set you up with a quote!

Brokerage remains strong with the challenge being a shortage of boats for sale given the
demand in the market today.  Contact John our broker if you have boat on the mind in any way.


Eric Thomas & All the Crew at Barker’s