HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD)– The cold spring has impacted boating season in West Michigan, according to business owners.
The boats that should already be in the water have been stored at area marinas and now there is a big rush to launch boats for Memorial Day weekend.
The Yacht Basin Marina in Holland has been extremely busy the past couple of weeks as the weather started to warm up.
“We had a slow start to our spring season with all of the snow. It made a slower start and when it did start, it made us very busy,” said Gwenn Kolk, the rental manager at the marina.
The marina has been trying to launch around 40 boats each week to catch up.
“Normally we are almost done right now with maybe 25 to go and I probably have about 60 more to go,” said Kolk.
Launching the boats takes around 45 minutes each and uses a two man crew.
“There is a lot of manual labor to it, a lot of preciseness in watching what you’re doing. The guys communicate with hand signals and make sure they’re always within eye sight of each other,” said Kolk.
The Lake House Waterfront Grille in Muskegon was also impacted by the cold spring.
According to the owner, Jon Rooks, they were not able to open the Lake House Waterfront Grille restaurant patio in the latter part of April and early May as they normally do and lost revenue. The restaurant would normally make an extra $10,000-$15,000 per week with the patio open.
The business also had to repair its marina, called the Terrace Point Marina, due to snow and ice damage. Those repairs cost them $25,000. The company finished all of the repairs by May 15 and therefore did not lose revenue from boat slips.
Both businesses are looking forward to the warmer weather to get business back to normal.