You can launch easily from the south side next to the bar in the protected bay between the piers and sail out into the big lake (bring your wheels).
Or you can sail from the same side (south side) in Muskegon Lake.
The Harbor Master will charge about $85.00 a year if you opt to leave it staked up. I had three boats there without any problems, 2-Hobies and a Nacra (95 vintage). Once in a while there may be some minor vandalism but I have never seen it. People keep an eye on the boats and if someone is messing with them they do report it to the local "rangers
or coast guard. There is also a web cam trained on the Lake Michigan cat beach.
It is a good deal to leave it especially if you do not like to trail sail it. You can not beat sailing with 30'+ monohulls that pay BIG $ for slips and you are out there for $85.00 year with access to a bar (big lake side).
You can always change your mind and re-locate it to the Muskegon Lake side as it gets colder - all you will need is a good padlock.
I would also encourage you to at least try the CatFight - there needs to be more Hobies participating in the race.
I went out to the CatFight last year with my GF... was not treated well.
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