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You might look into L. Pepin on the Mississippi R. (Pepin WI) for a slip. I presently keep a boat there and its a nice place, with lots of folks that come down from the twin cities.
How is it there? Is there a waiting list? I understand it can take forever to get a slip at the Lake City Marina.

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How is it there? Is there a waiting list? I understand it can take forever to get a slip at the Lake City Marina.
Did some checking and there are a few marina's on or around Lake Pepin with 26' slips available in the $1200-$2000 range, with winter storage for another $400-$700. Seems very reasonable to me.

What does an average slip run up in Duluth?
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If you are looking for a slip in MN you could do worse then Mille Lacs Lake.
My slip there just north of Isle rents for $600/season. For some reason people ignore it as a sailing lake which is too bad.

The sail boats there range pretty much from the 20 ft to the 26 ft range from what I have seen and I think slips are still available.

It is a nice lake to sail once you are out on the lake. Plenty of room except for the occasional walleye fisherman. They generally get out of my way however once they figure out that I don't know how to steer
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Seems like Mille Lacs is a best kept secret among the sailing crowd. Not many people sail it, but the ones who do love it. Does that $600 get you shore power or shower access our anything?
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I dont know if shore power is available or not. I'm sure it is at some of the marina's along the south shore.

The marina I'm at is called Macs Twin Bay. There is a restaurant/bar there called Buzzys which is not bad.

Since I generally daysail with the occasional overnight shorepower is not a big deal. I also bought but have not yet installed a solar panel which for what I am doing should be more then enough to keep the batteries recharged.

I am excited to get back on the lake however. First time in three years while I was rebuilding the boat. I am holding a mast raising tomorrow just to make sure all the parts and pieces are there before I haul the boat up.

Look for me on slip 49. I should be there in a couple of weeks.
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So have you found any good boats yet? What are you looking at?
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So have you found any good boats yet? What are you looking at?
Actually I did!

Picked up the 1990 Hunter 23 that was in my original posting last weekend. Have yet to even step the mast in my driveway but I think this will be a great first boat for our family. Thought about going bigger but in the end the 23 was about as big a boat as I felt comfortable trailering. Maybe that will change in a few years...

For some reason my pictures don't want to upload for some reason but I will get them on here. Thanks for all the advice, this is a great forum!
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Re: First boat advice - Mpls to Great Lakes

If you're looking for a place to put it I think there are still buoys open on Lake Nokomis. They're $450 for Minneapolis residents, $550 for non-residents. At twenty-three feet you'd be the second biggest boat on the lake!

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If you're looking for a place to put it I think there are still buoys open on Lake Nokomis. They're $450 for Minneapolis residents, $550 for non-residents. At twenty-three feet you'd be the second biggest boat on the lake!
At the advice of another poster I called Kevin at Mac's Twin Bay on Mille Lacs and they have slips up there for $600 with power. I think I'll probably just end up trailering this year though and look for a slip next year. The practice in stepping the mast, launching, and rigging will be good for me...
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At the advice of another poster I called Kevin at Mac's Twin Bay on Mille Lacs and they have slips up there for $600 with power. I think I'll probably just end up trailering this year though and look for a slip next year. The practice in stepping the mast, launching, and rigging will be good for me...
Whoa, that's great. And a two-hour drive isn't too bad.

Right now I'm loving having our boat so close to home. I've been getting out 3-4 times a week, just short sails mostly, but I'm learning something every time.

But Nokomis is quite small, and I do want to do longer trips. I had been thinking Pepin, but you make Mille Lacs seem quite attractive.

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