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Old 11-22-2015, 02:34 AM   #1
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Russ - This thread might be something you can comment on since I believe you're docked at Bass Haven.

We bought a 20' pontoon earlier this year. We docked at South Beach Resort on the Marblehead peninsula on Sandusky Bay this season. I am looking to move to a marina, perhaps on East Harbor since we really miss anchoring at a beach, and visit Kellys Island too on nice days.

I believe Bass Haven has floating docks, perhaps that one could drive right up to. That's important to me since my wife pulled up with an uncurrable neurological disorder this year where walking and balance is a problem. Also, South Beach does not allow pets anywhere on the premise (unusual for a marina I think) so we're looking for a pet friendly marina too for our 6# beast of a dog.

Any advantages/disadvantages to dock on East Harbor these days? How do you like Bass Haven?

Appreciate any feedback.
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Old 11-22-2015, 07:29 AM   #2
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I have docked @ Bass Haven for 15+ years and I think it's the best all around marina in the area. Yes they do have floating docks but they don't have docks you can drive up to. You can request a dock close to the parking lot so it's a short walk to your boat. The marina owners Greg and Gary are great guys and do everything they can to help, Debbie runs the office and she is great too.

When I broke my prop shaft last year and I had water coming in the boat I ran up to the marina office to see if Greg or Gary were around, it was on a Sunday. Neither were in the marina so Debbie called Greg and him and Gary came right over and they had my boat pulled out of the water within a half hour from the time Debbie called them. This year I emailed Debbie and asked her to pull the boat, clean the bottom, winterize the boat. I didn't have to do anything but send them a check. They did all of this for under $200.

The bathrooms and showers are always super clean. If you fish their fish cleaning station is screen enclosed with water and electric. You just leave your fish guts in one of the freezers and they take care of them. Now that East Harbor is getting dredged you can always cruise around the harbor if the lake is rough. There is also some good fishing in the harbor.

There are always dogs @ the marina, they actually have a pet area that is sand and is fenced in that you can leave your dog to do it's business and then come back and get him/her. Or you can wait for them to do their business, they are very dog friendly. There are several gazebo type buildings around the marina and I've seen people use them for parties, reunions, etc. There is always a good corn hole game going on too. There are gas grills at the end of each channel that you can use for free and they are kept cleaner than my home grill. There is a washer & dryer in the shower room, and a bulletin board for posting stuff you may want to sell or buy.

The only disadvantages were that they don't have a pool. When my daughter was young she loved swimming so having a pool back then would have been great, now I don't care because I probably wouldn't use it. The other negative is that it's a long way from Bass Haven to the lake and takes a good half hour if you idle the whole way. You can go north out of the buoyed channel and then you can run as fast as you want. This will cut back your time to/from the lake to about 15 minutes. East Harbor State Park is just to the west when you pull out of the main channel and there are always boats on the beach at the park. Kelley's Island is directly in front of you when you come out of the channel too.

As I mentioned, the people that run the marina are awesome. Last year I was working on my boat and I didn't bring a metric socket set with me and I had some metric bolts I wanted to get out. I was going to run into Port Clinton and buy a cheap set but I seen Gary on a golf cart in the parking lot so I decided to ask him if I could borrow a metric socket set. He handed me the keys to the building that they keep everything in, told me to use whatever I need and be sure to lock it up when I was done. Who does this now days?

I keep everything on the boat and I have never had anything stolen, hell I don't even lock my car when I am at the marina. You may want to swing by the marina so you can check everything out. I love the place and so does my wife. She hasn't liked any of the other marinas that we have docked at but she certainly likes Bass Haven.

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Old 11-22-2015, 11:20 AM   #3
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I just remembered if you inquire about a dock and mention that I referred you to Bass Haven I think we both get $100 off of our dock cost.

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Old 11-22-2015, 11:40 AM   #4
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WalleyeGuy, I have never docked at Bass haven, but I have always heard good reports about the marina. You might also want to consider Harbor Park Marina on West Harbor. I have docked there but now I rent a dock directly from an owner at Come Sail Away which is right adjacent to Harbor Park. It just depends on what you're looking for. I can provide additional info if you want.
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Old 11-23-2015, 12:55 AM   #5
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Wow. Thank you guys. Lots of great feedback here.

Bass Haven sounds like a real nice place to dock and socialize. At the marina we were at this year I think I was able to have a true conversation with only one person. Strange place.

My wife and I can deal with a dock close to the parking lot. We've both learned to slow down a bit since she has had her affliction.

Cleanliness is also a huge advantage also. Makes you feel like everyone pitches in to help keep a marina nice let alone truly good owners.

I don't mind the long drive out to the lake at all. We love just puttin' around AND running it up a bit (as much as my "toon" will let me). East Harbor beach is a great place to land for the afternoon too.

Russ, if I decide to dock at Bass Haven I will certainly mention that you recommended it to me. I'll let you know first so you can give me your last name or dock number so they know exactly who I am talking about. You'll also have to come to my dock for a cold adult beverage too!
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Old 11-23-2015, 07:54 AM   #6
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Bass Haven is certainly a nice place and a lot of nice people there too. I have a place at Tibbles and it is also a great place with great people. Both places are also a short walk or golf cart ride over to Cleats for wings and beer.
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Old 11-23-2015, 07:55 AM   #7
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Another vote for bass Haven. Clean, family run operations and owners are very friendly.

I can see goi ng out channel in a pontoon and turning left to anchor off east harbor beach. I'd be leafy of running to the islands in a pontoon though. Even on a calm day, weekend boat traffic could make for a rough ride.
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Old 11-23-2015, 02:52 PM   #8
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I would absolutely have to pick the right day to take the pontoon to Kelleys Boataholic. A very close friend used to take his 13" Whaler over there from West Harbor but he had to pick his days too.

I'm not a foolish person on Erie or anywhere else for that matter. I have about 40 years on it and was only caught in a wind shift once. That's all it took for me. Actually would pick a weekday so that traffic would be much less of an issue.

I must say though that this 20' pontoon with 27" logs (normal size logs on pontoons are either 23" or 25") does take the water better than the 19' Wellcraft CC that I had. I was truly amazed at how it takes waves and wakes from much larger boats on the Bay.
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Old 11-24-2015, 09:43 AM   #9
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Agree with all re Bass Haven; Harbor Pk is the one right be me on Catawba you may remember. Foxhaven, and several others on Catawba are possiblilities where you can park at your dock. Stop by after Ap 1 and we'll catch up!
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Old 11-26-2015, 09:27 AM   #10
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Wow. Thank you guys. Lots of great feedback here.

Bass Haven sounds like a real nice place to dock and socialize. At the marina we were at this year I think I was able to have a true conversation with only one person. Strange place.

My wife and I can deal with a dock close to the parking lot. We've both learned to slow down a bit since she has had her affliction.

Cleanliness is also a huge advantage also. Makes you feel like everyone pitches in to help keep a marina nice let alone truly good owners.

I don't mind the long drive out to the lake at all. We love just puttin' around AND running it up a bit (as much as my "toon" will let me). East Harbor beach is a great place to land for the afternoon too.

Russ, if I decide to dock at Bass Haven I will certainly mention that you recommended it to me. I'll let you know first so you can give me your last name or dock number so they know exactly who I am talking about. You'll also have to come to my dock for a cold adult beverage too!
I'm at dock J33, about half way down the dock on the right (east) hand side. Yes please mention my name to Debbie if you end up docking there. You can contact the Bass Haven office now, if you get the recorder just leave a message and Debbie will call you back. I suggest you contact them now so you can pick a dock before they area all taken for the season.

Have you ever driven through the marina? The bathrooms are usually open all year so you can check them out. Everything in kept clean and anything broken is fixed right away. They even have guy go up and down the docks cleaning the bird poop off of the docks! As far as the people being friendly, I don't spend much time at the marina like I used to. I used to spend the weekend with my daughter and we got to know a lot of people. Like I said there is always a corn hole game going on, I've played volleyball and basketball too. I don't socialize much any more because when I get in I head right to fish cleaning station. By the time I fillet the fish I usually have to get on the road so I don't spend much time in the marina.

With a pontoon boat you can always cruise around in East Harbor and not even make the run to the lake. They are still dredging the harbor but most of it is still open. I think the dredging will be done at the end of this year, then the whole harbor will have enough water that you won't have to worry about hitting bottom.

If you haven't been in the marina I would suggest you get over there to check it out. If Debbie isn't in the office there will likely be someone there.

My last name: Hunsaker
Dock J33

If I can help you with anything else please let me know. I am looking forward to having a cold beverage with you!

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Old 11-27-2015, 03:17 AM   #11
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Thank you very much Russ. I think your right on contacting Debbie now rather than be disappointed later.

You can count on me mentioning your name and that you recommended me to dock there. I'll give you a heads up after I talk to her so you know ahead of time to hopefully save a couple of bucks on 2016 dockage.

Say, mkalink mentioned something about going to Cleats. Do they have docks for people who want to stop for cocktails and dinner? I know its a short drive or walk but something about going by boat adds to the fun.
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Yes cleats has limited docking. I like taking dog on golf cart and sitting on patio for some cold ones

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Thanks Boataholic. Always good to know there is somewhere to quench that thirsty feeling
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Russ,

I talked to Debbie this morning while on the road. I am pulled the trigger and picked dock B-17. I'll be stopping at BH on Wednesday while coming back from Indiana to give her the first payment and sign up. I gave Debbie your name and told her you referred me to BH. She made note of it so watch for a discount on your dock for '16.

Much appreciate the recommendation and for the detailed description of the marina. I'm looking forward to next season.
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Great to hear, looking forward to meeting you. Thanks for mentioning the referral too!
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I talked to Debbie this morning while on the road. I am pulled the trigger and picked dock B-17. I'll be stopping at BH on Wednesday while coming back from Indiana to give her the first payment and sign up. I gave Debbie your name and told her you referred me to BH. She made note of it so watch for a discount on your dock for '16.

Much appreciate the recommendation and for the detailed description of the marina. I'm looking forward to next season.
I had my "big boat" in B-16 for couple years. Gonna try and sell her this spring as I just don't use it as much as my fishing boat. You'll be in good company on B dock
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We can't wait guys. Something new to look forward to for 2016. I think I'm only 6 or 7 minutes from our campground on Bayshore Rd by the RT. 2 exit.

Probably have to deal with holiday traffic a little more than when we were on the Bay but we usually stay away from the water on holidays anyway (too many amateurs).

Will your fishing boat be at BH Boataholic or are you pulling out all together?
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We can't wait guys. Something new to look forward to for 2016. I think I'm only 6 or 7 minutes from our campground on Bayshore Rd by the RT. 2 exit.

Probably have to deal with holiday traffic a little more than when we were on the Bay but we usually stay away from the water on holidays anyway (too many amateurs).

Will your fishing boat be at BH Boataholic or are you pulling out all together?
It's on trailer, stored in BH's boat storage yard. I live across the street in BH south.
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I'm very late to chime in on this thread, but count me in as another vote for Bass Haven. I found a boat earlier than I planned, at the end of this season. I rushed to find a marina on the internet, and came upon Bass Haven. That was great luck. The owners and staff are the best. I'm a new boater, and they spent time with me literally showing me the ropes, and even helped me out learning to dock and handle my boat. I was originally planning to bring my boat back home to Cleveland for the 2016 season, but after meeting the staff, enjoying the beautiful marina, and the great neighbors ... we decided to stay there for good! Hope to see you in April!
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Great news Andy. Which dock will you be at? I'm at B-17
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