Originally Posted by mad_machine
Sadly, I can believe that. The State Owned "Farley Marina" here in Atlantic City is run by the Golden Nugget Casino. Slip fees for the season, not the year, would run me about $3000 for my 23 foot sailboat.
I am going to be keeping my boat behind a friend's house. She has several slips she rents out at about $700 for the year. It just means I am a mile further from the inlet and do not have such niceties as cable, pumpout, and fuel in the same facility.
Maybe there is somebody in the area that rents out slips in Chicago? or even a nearby lakeside town?
I was looking at the Indiana side of the border from Chicago (since I live in Indiana), and even in Hammond and East Chicago (very industrial, "ghetto"-y areas), if you were looking to have a slip and couldn't put the boat on a trailer for storage elsewhere for the winter it was going to be ~$3000 for year round storage/a slip on the water, even for a smallish boat. Michigan City was even more... We won't be getting a bigger boat until we can LIVE on it...and preferably be "cruising" where we are anchored out 95% of the time rather than in a Marina.