Sounds great.....hope it is true!!!
Have not met Doug yet. Spoke with Ian and Adam, a couple of the Hi-Lo guys and they relayed that Doug actually leased it from Wayne. Never heard of a business being leased out.....interesting??? Cathy from North Bay Marine says
he is a good guy. What changes have you heard so far???? My boat is currently home until I finish my Spring clean and wax....
In the BK days (Before Kid), Anchor Bay was just what the doctor ordered, close to home = more time on the water. Now in the AK period, we'd look hard at Belle Maer (we spent a season there) if we were going to slip our next boat. If we rack stored it, they're all about the same IMHO - you just don't hang out if you rack your boat, it's get in and go....
I'm at Anchor Bay and have also met Doug. I was in to schedule some work, and he took the time to come out of the office, looked me in the eye and shook my hand while introducing himself. Seemed real personal, actually sat down with me and wrote out the work order to get the stuff done that I wanted. I do hope that he is successful with changing things, as the service was not up to what I was used to out East. (Don't wanna be nagative, don't know if they are a sponsor!!!!) The service department needed serious upgrading, and he did say that he's got an entirely new staff. We'll see. Nick (a new guy in the service dept) has called me a couple of times in regard to the work I want, and was real professional, and seemed to know he was talking about.
I had huge problems with them last year, and I wouldn't be back if not for the new "owner" Doug.
Doug introduced himself to us as the new owner........If there is any leasing, I don't know about it. I'll let you know, if you do the same.
Bathrooms are being refurbished.
Forcing the dry dock and service department to work hand in hand. He moved Robin over there to service.
Planning a customer appreciation/picnic day.
He is also hosting the Muskie Association's tournament there. (he is a member)
He seems like a hands on guy......shook our hands and asked what we thought of the service there. We told him honestly....We had problems with their service department. They stepped on my air conditioner water pump twice and broke it (took all summer to replace it, too). Their mechanics are slobs and left finger prints and foot prints all over my boat. (This all happened the first year I bought the boat. Previous owner purchased winterizing and commissioning service from them. Since it was already paid for I thought I would give myself a break and let them do the job. Big mistake!) Also, complained of the running on the boats and leaving foot prints all over.
He assured us this won't be happening any more. He has all of his old mechanics with him and they clean up after themselves.
As for putting in a pool and other stuff........I don't know if he plans any of that. I personally want my boat put in the water and I am out of there.......If I want to go swimming, I'll stay home and use my pool. Better yet.......go to the bay and swim and drink allllll ddddddaaaaay long!
Hope this answers your questions, XO! Hope to see you out there.
I got my own horror stroies that I won't bother to go into...but I'm willing to give him a chance. Your not the only one who he has asked those same questions. I think that he knows what was lacking, and is trying to fix it.
As for leasing, well, he's probably leasing the property, brought in his own staff and starting his own business.
That place hasn't got room for any amenities, except what they got already. Heck, they don't even have a boat ramp!
I've known Doug for about seven years. Very nice guy. He came from Compass Pointe Marina, sold out to his old partner. He did a tremendous amount of work there to fix that place up. Ask him about some of the stories in little muscamoot bay with hammertime
Anchor bay is off of Jefferson just north of M59. 99% is rack slips, I have a 24 foot boat, and they charge $2,000/year. Boats are kept out the sun, locked up at night, with unlimited in/outs. Just show up, give them your rack location, and they put it into the water for you. Never had to wait more than 10 minutes.