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Buckda posted 08-16-2001 08:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for Buckda   Send Email to Buckda  
Most of you have probably seen a post from me...I've been "lurking" on this site for about a month now, and am enjoying this amazing resource for me as I research and prepare to purchase my first "wholly-owned" boat. I have two questions:
Where can you find a price list for outboard motors? seems that the Web is pretty helpful for those in Australia and the UK, but there is not much information on pricing for US distributors (except for the smaller models). I'd prefer not to call a local dealer yet, as I am not ready to buy and a simple inquiry on initiated a series of calls from Chicago Sea Ray. (They guy seems to think that it'd be no problem for me to buy a 25 Outrage...even though at this point, I don't even own a car!...

Which leads me to my next question.

I am in the seventh circle of Hell here. I live about a block from the Lake in Chicago...Diversey Harbor is about a 2 minute walk and I seem to have a habit of walking down there on Saturdays and Sundays and drooling (ok, ok...sometimes I look at the boats too!)

A vehicle is not a problem for me...I have one stored at my father's house in MI...Winter storage wouldn't be a problem either, as we have a boat barn in the UP. What I'm looking for is somewhere to store the boat and trailer (once I buy) here in the city. Covered storage seems to be about $345 a month (A little out of my range if I'm gonna feed the engine every weekend next summer).

I'd love to get some of these logistics hammered out - once I do, I can concentrate on finding the whaler for me (ultimately ooking for a montauk).

Are there any other City Dwellers who feel my pain?

LKS posted 08-18-2001 07:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for LKS  Send Email to LKS     
Buckda -- I understand your dilema! We live in Chicago (south side) and boat in SW Mich. We just got our winter storage agreement from Harbor Isle Marina in St. Joe, MI, so I'll share their information so you can have some figures for comparison. Outside storage on jackstands or cradle @ $22/linear foot; Inside storage on jackstands or cradle @ $4.00/sq. foot. Prices include haul-out, pressure wash, and spring launch, but there is an additional fee for handling and storage of jackstands ($45) or cradle ($95). Outside dry storage on your trailer @ $18.75; Inside dry storage @ $3.00/sq. ft. Additional fees for winterization and shrink wrap. Prices reflect is a significant increase over last two years, and we're "shopping," too. Their seasonal slip rentals start at $1235.00 Good luck! -- Lor
LKS posted 08-18-2001 08:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for LKS  Send Email to LKS     
Make that outside dry storage on trailer @ $18.75/linear foot.
GAwhale posted 08-18-2001 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Boy are you guys making me feel good about my boat storage. I pay $75 per month for covered storage. My boat sits on the trailer under a tin roof. I have my own stall with a chainlink gate.

It is West Point Lake south of Atlanta on the Georgia - Alabama border. I can get there in just over an hour from my house.

Buckda posted 08-19-2001 03:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Thanks for the info - actually, St. Joe is my hometown - where I grew up. As you know, the trip between St. Joe and Chicago isn't always all that convenient, and I was hoping to have somewhere a little more "local".

Actually, the prices for Chicago's harbors aren't all that more expensive if you're going to get a mooring or a slip...but for our friend in GA, I'll elaborate:

(Prices vary depending on which of the 5 or 6 Chicago harbors)
Generally, an anchorage is $22 a foot (22 foot minimum). A star dock is $1,980 a season 28 foot maximum(May - early october) and a dingy fee of $70. (you supply the dingy...they supply the storage). Slips can vary more depending on the harbor location, but generally are $28 or $33 a foot up to 100 feet, and additional after that (Don't think a 17 montauk would fit very well in this category, unless as an auxillary) Winter storage is like $375 for up to 28 feet and I don't know if it includes shrink wrap, etc.. but I believe it is outdoor storage.
I am sure that prices are higher elsewhere, however, you can see how these might put the pleasure of boating out of some people's reach in the Chicago vicinity (at least on the Big Lake).

I think the best solution with a whaler is to get a garage or space for the boat and trailer it to the lake (season ramp pass is only $130 - otherwise, it's $15 a shot).

What I'm looking for is someone who knows of a place where people are doing this in the Chicago area - is there a specific garage/lot/warehouse where many boaters are keeping their rigs? If so, how much are they charging and how long is the waiting list?

(One of the humbling things about a city this size is that just when you think you've got a great idea or found the deal of the century, you find out that everyone else and their grandma had the same idea the day before you did and got there first...try finding an apartment in this city and wait a day before signing a lease if you want to get a sense of what I'm talking about here)!

Anyway - thanks again for the info on the marina's in St. Joseph -

Anyone else have any suggestions for the Chicago area?

And how about my Outboard pricing question?

Thanks as always -


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