Slip swapping

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by Charlesoceanone, Dec 5, 2019.

  1. Charlesoceanone

    Charlesoceanone Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    214
    Dec 14, 2014
    Harbor Shores Marina, St Joseph, Michigan
    2009 52DB
    QSM11
    This may have been covered or maybe not even possible but does anyone trade slips in different towns on Lake Michigan for short periods of time? I’m sure there may be leases agreement issues but there must be some private ownership slips that this could be possible. It would sure make sense if someone in Milwaukee for example wants to come to St Joseph MI and I want to go to Milwaukee. With the abilities we have to communicate with each other on this forum I sure would think it could be possible. What am I missing that would not let this work? Just a thought for the winter layup blues.
     
  2. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I would think that would be popular. You're lucky to have so many ports on the Great Lakes and so many places to swap into.

    At our marina I can let someone use my slip when I'm gone and can rent it to him to cover my costs but cannot make a profit on the slip.
     
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  3. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    If you're a member at a Safe Harbor marina they have a deal where you get a certain number of nights each year to use at any of their marinas "free". On Lake Michigan I'm only aware of two marinas they own, however.

    It would be interesting to see a slip swapping system of some kind. Though the logistics of scheduling and weather would be quite dynamic :)
     
  4. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    IMG_4230.JPG We would wonder about the capabilities of the skippers and their abilities to pull into our slips without damaging them. Most public slips have damaged pilings from the various mishaps that are so entertaining to watch during happy hour. Different story if you own the slips. The costs of marine contractors are so high that it would not be worth having complete strangers using your slips. There is also the issue of loud parties and their effect on neighbors. Would not want to deal with the problems that would cause.
     
  5. play dough

    play dough Active Member

    281
    Aug 29, 2011
    Mackinaw City, Michigan
    1997 330 Sundancer, 7.4L MPI V-Drive / 2007 Crestliner 1750 Fishhawk
    7.4L MPI Mercruiser / 115 Mercury Optimax
    I've never owned a slip but in the few I have been a seasonal resident on Lakes Michigan and Huron, subletting the slip was not permitted and the lease specified the marina had the option to rent the slip in my absence.
     
  6. yobub

    yobub Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    Jul 29, 2016
    Chicago
    1998 400 Sundancer
    Cat 3116's
    I didn't have my glasses on and read the title quite differently than was intended.
     
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  7. Charlesoceanone

    Charlesoceanone Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    Dec 14, 2014
    Harbor Shores Marina, St Joseph, Michigan
    2009 52DB
    QSM11
    I agree this concept would not be entered into blindly. I know a few boaters I wouldn’t loan a moped to but I would think that we would be able to have some sort of liability agreement.
     
  8. juggernaut1

    juggernaut1 Active Member

    901
    Apr 19, 2015
    Perth, Western Australia
    2006 38 Sundancer
    8.1S / ZF 63V Drives
    How did you read it :cool:?
     
  9. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    Think of the hassle factor even if you had some agreement. We let people use our slip, but know their skills level. We don't require an agreement.
     
  10. Espos4

    Espos4 Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    He probably focused on the word “swapping” and it all went downhill from there!
     
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  11. firecadet613

    firecadet613 Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2007
    Indiana
    '07 V358
    T- VP 5.7GXi
    Transient slips aren't all that much and in Michigan easily booked online via their DNR. Good idea in theory but sounds like a lot of hassle.
     
  12. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Well-Known Member

    I've been seeing contracts at marinas get more and more one-sided. If you have a slip where they would allow this, it would be a great idea.

    Most marina contracts I've read say you can't sub-lease; you provide the specific vessel documentation that will be in the slip; and if you depart, they can rent it while you're gone.
     
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  13. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
    And many of the owned slips have HOA regs that do not allow temporary use of slips by others...

    MM
     
  14. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Slip swapping sounds like a great idea. It gives a boater a chance to explore or experience new destinations.
    I own my dock property on the south shore of Long Island. The north shore is a whole different animal. I’d love to swap slips with someone with a similar situation up there for a season, or at least a part of a season.
     

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