Pikes Bay Marina Wins “National Marina of the Year” Award
Bayfield,WI— Pikes Bay Marina has won the prestigious “National Marina of the Year” award presented by Marina Dock Age (MDA) magazine at the DOCKS EXPO Conference in Nashville, TN, on December 5, 2018. MDA is the premier magazine in the marina industry and bestows the annual award on one marina with 250 slips or fewer, and one in the over 250 slips category.
With 208 full-service, state-of-the-art slips ranging in size from 30 to 60 feet, Pikes Bay Marina qualified for the small-slip category and went through a highly selective application process. The application focused on demonstrating superior customer service, well-trained staff, industry-leading technical vessel services, environmentally responsible practices, safety compliance, leadership and participation in marine industry organizations, as well as community/state affiliations and partnership programs.
Pikes Bay Marina, owned by Goldridge Group, offers a world-class recreational boating location in a weather-safe harbor on the shore of Lake Superior – the largest fresh water lake in the world. Guests have access to explore the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, fish, dive sunken wrecks, walk the unspoiled sandy beaches, and tour the historic lighthouses. The current slip ratio is 58% sailboats and 42% power boats.
First-rate amenities and Infrastructure at Pikes Bay Marina include a well-appointed clubhouse with a full kitchen, gas grills on the deck, laundry facilities, private full bathrooms, two boaters’ lounges with cable TV, and free WiFi. There is also a Ship Store and Yacht Sales office. Pikes Bay Marina General Manager, Steve Linton is quick to share that what they are most proud of is their friendly, caring service. They even have a dog exercise area and doggie treats for canine guests.
The stable floating docks, wide piers and wide fairways at Pikes Bay Marina offer easy boarding and docking. Fuel pumps and a pump-out station are conveniently located at the harbor entrance. The new Marine Service Center, the most recent addition to the marina’s infrastructure, offers extensive vessel repair capabilities by certified techs.
Linton summed up the importance of the “National Marina of the Year” award with these thoughts: “It is
a great honor for Pikes Bay to receive this award. It really is a tribute to our staff. In any successful business, the quality of your staff is the key ingredient to a business’s success. Pikes Bay Marina has been fortunate to assemble one of the best.”