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Old 03-31-2011, 01:18 PM
 
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I want to get a boat for Chicago harbors, what size should I get to be comfortable? Is there a length minimum for most harbors in or near Chicago? Looking to probably use it north of Chicago or in Chicago.
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Jefferson Park Chicago, IL
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There is no minimum size. The smallest slips are 30' and you pay for all 30' whether your boat is 15' or 30'. Star docks are less expensive($1100-$1500 depending on harbor) and accommodate boats up to 28'. The lake conditions can vary widely and some days you don't want to be out there in a 60' boat. A majority of the boats in the system are 30-40'.
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:12 PM
 
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Alright what about sea doo's? Can you use those in the harbor areas?
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Jefferson Park Chicago, IL
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Alright what about sea doo's? Can you use those in the harbor areas?
Can you keep them in your slip and idle out of the harbor to the lake yes, but I wouldn't say "use in the harbor areas" as all harbors are no wake zones.
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Old 03-31-2011, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Hoyvík, Faroe Islands
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I would say, 35' at least if you want to use it for more than day sailing. X-Yachts are perfect for most people who have the extra money for a yacht. Their 38' cruiser is a good entry.
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