I have talked to a few people that keep their boats transient here in the Grand Traverse Bay area that are tired of the wait list. Although they will stay on the list hoping for the best, they are thinking about moving in the meantime. One is from Indiana and one Grand Rapids.Can you give me an idea of who has slips available and the discount they are offering. Hopefully somewhere from South Haven to White Lake. Thanks.
I will help as best I can. A search on craigslist came back with some results, some pretty good. I am currently in a restoration at my home, so I am not walking the docks and such.
You can buy or rent some slips, usually if you buy there is like an HOA fee as well, but in the long term you will recoup your costs when compared to simply renting.
Whitehall Landing does not offer first year discounts, but does for multi-year rentals: https://whitehalllandingmarina.com/seasonal-dockage/
Manistee: This one is further on the northern coast: https://grandrapids.craigslist.org/f...898452908.html
Muskegon: I like Harbor Towne Marina, it is just inside the channel to Lake Michigan, but is also on Muskegon Lake, which is great for when the big lake is churned up, or fogged in. You can call Harbor Town for more listings as there seems to be a bunch of slips available for purchase or rent. 2019 Harbour Towne Available Slip Information- Muskegon Lake | Harbour Towne Marina
Also in Muskegan, and one of my favorites if your boat is under 32' and draws less then 6' is the Muskegon Conservation Club. This hidden gem is fantastic, and amazingly cheap...I mean cheap, for what you what you get. There is a waiting list nowadays, but the community there is a true boaters community. Slip fees and storage fees are half of what everyone else charges. It is a DIY marina, and there is no staff really to speak of, you are required to help out taking care of the marina, but that is not uncommon at all.
In Saugatuck, I say Saugatuck but really in Douglas is Tower Marine. They usually have something available, the real concern is depth, as it can shallow up when the water levels drop. It has no yacht club, check about first season discounts.
In Holland, Eldean Marina does offer discounts for the first season, to get you in. It is a gorgeous marina, well run and well taken care of with a great staff and service. It is not cheap, maybe the most expensive outside of Chicago, but the first season discount might be worth the cost incentive.
Also in Holland, Yacht Basin Marina offers first season discounts, and also discounts for up front season slip payoffs. They usually have some, but not much availability.
Just some input...I hope it helps a little...
I just saw this in Craigslist: