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I know we're still dreaming of the coming 2014 sailing season up here on the Great Lakes, but I'm in search of a home on Lake Ontario for next winter (winter of 2014/15). We are moving our boat down from Lake Superior this season (if the ice ever leaves our Lake :(), so I need a new place to haul and store.

I'm looking for recommendations of good marinas and yards on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario. I'd prefer to be closer to the east end of the Lake, even up the river towards Montreal, but anywhere is fine.

We need:

  • A yard that can handle our 37 foot, full-keel, 30,000 pound (15 tons) sailboat.
  • Jackstand rental. The boat easily sits on its keel, but I need stands.
A mast crane is also useful (I may remove the stick), as is yard services, but these are not necessary. I would also prefer a yard that allows DIY, but again, that is not necessary.

Feel free to post here, or send me a private message, or even an email if you prefer: pachinamia at helplink.com
 

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Ship Shape yard in Port Weller is probably the cheapest in the west end of the lake. They have all you need. I decided to give them a try this winter.
That sounds good skalashn. Thanks. I take it you've been happy so far?

They're website doesn't list prices. Can you give me a general idea of cost (not trying to pry on your personal finances :)). Do they rent jackstands for us full-keelers?
 

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My experience so far has been positive. I can report back after I launch in a month or so. The winter package cost last year was 2.80/sq ft. For some reason they considered my cradle "a little too small" and offered two extra jackstands for free, so I'm sure you would be able to figure something out.
That sounds really good. Love to hear your final review if you think of it skalashn.

When they do the sq-ft calculation, is it simply LOA x beam x $2.80? I've always been a member of a yacht club, so never had to deal with commercial yards.
 

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Thanks David. We ended up at a small marina in Belleville: Stillwater Marina. It's inexpensive, simple, and full of great people. But I'm sure Collins Bay would have been good choice as well. Hopefully this will help the next wayward Lake Ontario traveller.
 

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Thanks for the update Degas, and congrats on the new boat. We left Belleville a few years ago now, but if we're staying I was considering moving down to Bath's Loyalist Cove Marina. The prices looked good and we ran into a few people who had nothing but good things to say about the operation. Small, DIY yard. Something to consider if you're in the area.
 
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