Northpoint Marina

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  1. Charlesoceanone

    Charlesoceanone Member GOLD Sponsor

    156
    Dec 14, 2014
    Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
    2009 52DB
    QSM11
    Calling out to any Northpoint Marina dockers in Winthrop Harbor, Il! I am looking into moving our boat to Lake Michigan next summer. Thinking really hard about this marina. Any input or other suggestions on a good spot. I live in central Illinois and this trip would be less then 3 hour drive and much closer then the drive I have now. I have toured all of the Chicago harbors and they are nice but very expensive.
     
  2. Steve S

    Steve S Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    877
    Jun 5, 2007
    Northern IL.
    2000 400 Sedan Bridge with twin CAT 3116's

    2000 340 Sundancer - SOLD!
    210 Monaco 1987 - SOLD!
    Twin Caterpillar 3116's 350 HP straight drives
    Come on up. Plenty of slips available. New management is doing a pretty good job. I’m on C dock.
     
  3. yobub

    yobub Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

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    Jul 29, 2016
    Chicago
    1998 400 Sundancer
    Cat 3116's
    This is our 2nd season in Northpoint and we have been very happy. The marina itself is nice and quiet. Some docks have an active social group, others not as much, so you can kind of decide how much interaction you want with your neighbors. There are enough open slips that you can pretty much pick an open well so that you dont have to have someone right next to you when you are docking.

    Its convenient to have Skipper Buds service and fuel on site and West Marine a few minutes away. There is a full grocery store a short drive away, and a Walmart a bit farther. There is a bar and restaurant on site that has decent bar food and pizza, and there are a few small local places in town, but nowhere near the restaurant choices that you would get in Chicago or even Racine.

    The property is well maintained, the bathrooms are clean, and the marina staff is helpful if you need something. Safety around the harbor is never a concern at all.

    There are hiking trails that adjoin the harbor, and many people bike up into Wisconsin from the harbor.

    If you are looking for nightlife, it is probably not the right place. If you are looking for a quiet weekend getaway with some conveniences it's a really good option.
     
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  4. Golfman25

    Golfman25 Active Member

    443
    Sep 12, 2009
    IL
    281
    V8
    What's not to like. I've been there 15 years and have seen it all. It's in a forest preserve. So there is nature all around, unlike the city marinas. It's quiet. And empty. Now has a pool. Bath houses are nice and air conditioned. There is enough close by to keep it interesting if you'll be up for several days. Kenosha has an outlet mall. There's a yacht club you can join if that's your thing. You can boat to Chicago or Milwaukee in an hour or two. Or cross the lake and hit the small Michigan harbor towns. The only downside is the cable tv - you have to get it setup by the cable company (used to be just plug in). They are doing a number of social events if that's your thing. You have any specific questions.
     
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  5. Charlesoceanone

    Charlesoceanone Member GOLD Sponsor

    156
    Dec 14, 2014
    Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
    2009 52DB
    QSM11
    Where do you all winter your boats?
     
  6. Golfman25

    Golfman25 Active Member

    443
    Sep 12, 2009
    IL
    281
    V8
    I keep mine right there at Skipper Buds for the convenience. Not sure how they stack up price wise, but you can go down to Waukegan or up to Kenosha/Racine without too much trouble.
     
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  7. Steve S

    Steve S Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    877
    Jun 5, 2007
    Northern IL.
    2000 400 Sedan Bridge with twin CAT 3116's

    2000 340 Sundancer - SOLD!
    210 Monaco 1987 - SOLD!
    Twin Caterpillar 3116's 350 HP straight drives
    I winter at Skipper Buds also. Prices are fairly comparable especially if you add in the costs for moving the boat to Kenosha or Racine. It is simple. Pull up and take you out and you walk away. I let them winterize it.
     
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  8. Charlesoceanone

    Charlesoceanone Member GOLD Sponsor

    156
    Dec 14, 2014
    Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
    2009 52DB
    QSM11
    Thanks! I’ll keep you all in mind when I’m heading that way. I saw they will give a discount for recommendations of a new docker.
     

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