Grand Bend Sailing School » Be A Boater

Sailing and boating enthusiasts can find everything they need at the municipal Port Franks Marina, Grand Bend Harbour and Bayfield Marina, which are open from Victoria Day Weekend to Thanksgiving Weekend. Boaters can take the “Safe Boater Get Certified Test” at either the Grand Bend or Port Franks marina office. There are also a number of private marinas in the area.

Since 2009, Grand Bend, Port Franks and Bayfield marinas have boasted Blue Flag status. Blue Flag marinas adhere to a code of conduct concerning environmental responsibility, clean water and established and well-practiced marina management.

Grand Bend Sailing School

Contact: Ken Otte
Location Serving Grand Bend Area Grand Bend Ontario N0M 1T0 CanadaPhone: 519-854-5478

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It’s a special feeling when you cut the engine and all you can hear is the wind in the sails and the water lapping on the hull. A feeling of peacefulness and freedom overtakes you.

Share that special feeling with your family and friends aboard Hypnautica, a well equipped 36 foot sailing sloop in Grand Bend.

We offer a three hour sailing experience on Lake Huron for up to six people. Your Captain will make sure you have a safe and relaxed experience. We will provide life jackets and beverages.

Learn the basics, get some hands on experience or just relax and enjoy the sail. For those who want to go further we offer the Sail Canada Basic Cruising certification course and Marine Radio course.

About your Captain: RYA Yachtmaster and Sail Canada Basic Cruising Instructor Ken Otte has been sailing for over 20 years. Three of those years were living aboard and skippering charter vessels in the Caribbean. When it comes to sailing/cruising Grand Bend Sailing School can show you the ropes!

 

Life Jacket Facts

Over 90% of people who drowned in recreational boating incidents were not wearing a lifejacket

Most people who drown never intended to be in the water

Many boaters who drown had considered themselves good swimmers

Most drowning happens unexpectedly when small boats capsize or someone falls overboard – leaving your lifejacket behind in the boat or event worse tucked under the bow.

PINERY PROVINCIAL PARK

Photo of Pinery's Canoe Rental by Janette Baillie Rent canoes, hydro bikes, paddleboats and single or double kayaks for use within in the park until Thanksgiving (second Monday in October). Rental building is near the Park Store, 519-243-2220.

GRAND BEND HARBOUR/MARINA (BLUE FLAG)

  • 91 River Road,
  • May to October: 519-238-2000,
  • October to May: 519-243-1400 press 3,
  • [email protected],
  • Operates mid-April to mid-October, 8am-8pm, 7 days a week
  • Coordinates: 42 18 83 N / -81 46 09 W
  • Channel Depth: 6 feet
  • Dock Depth: 6 feet
  • Monitor – VHF Channel: 68
  • Visa, Mastercard, Debit & Cash

Grand Bend Marina has 30 seasonal slips, 35 transient slips, mid-grade gas and diesel, public washrooms, pump out, electrical – 30 & 50 amp, internet, shuttle service, public boat launch, laundry facilities, showers, ice.

Fees: One-day launch pass $15.80, seasonal launch pass $238.75, serviced transient dock $2.30 per foot/day, unserviced transient dock north pier $1.90 per foot/day, personal service pumpout $13.55 (all prices +tax). Oil, marine toilet paper and AquaKem available for purchase.

The marina is walking distance to Grand Bend’s stores and restaurants. Two-hour paid parking is available on River Road. Free daytime and paid overnight boat trailer parking is available in the Ontario Street and Municipal Drive parking lots.

PORT FRANKS HARBOUR/MARINA (BLUE FLAG)

  • 7574 Biddulph Street,
  • May to October: 519-243-2354,
  • October to May: 519-243-1400 press 3,
  • [email protected],
  • Operates mid-April to mid-October, 8am-8pm, 7 days a week
  • Coordinates: 43 14 75 N / 81 55 59 W
  • Channel Depth: 4 -10 feet
  • Dock Depth: 3 – 4 feet
  • Monitor – VHF Channel: 68
  • Visa, Mastercard, Debit & Cash

Port Franks marina amenities include 70 seasonal slips, gas dock (diesel), public washrooms, pump out, electrical, internet, public boat launch, showers, ice, pavilion & picnic area, park, volleyball court.

Fees: One-day launch pass $15.80, seasonal launch pass $238.75, transient dock (serviced) $2.30 per foot/day, transient dock (unserviced) $1.90 per foot/day, kayak/canoe launch pass $5 per vehicle.

BAYFIELD HARBOUR/MARINA (BLUE FLAG)

  • 33 Long Hill Road
  • 519-565-2233
  • [email protected]
  • Coordinates: 43 34 5.3 N / 81 42 16 W
  • Channel Depth: 8-10 feet
  • Dock Depth: 9 feet
  • Monitor – VHF Channel 68 & 16

Bayfield Marina amenities include 20 transient slips, 60 seasonal slips, gas & diesel, washrooms & showers, pump out, electrical – 20, 30 & 50 amp, internet, public phone, shuttle service, public boat launch, picnic area & tables, ice. Canoe & kayak rentals.

PRIVATE MARINAS

  • Bayfield River Cottage Colony & Marina, 19 Fisherman’s Rd. Wharf, 519-565-2632
  • Harbour Lights Marina, 27 Chart House Hill, Bayfield, 519-565-5150
  • R&R Marina, 9346 Lake Rd., Kettle Point, 519-786-5604
  • Seven Winds Marina, 10009 Superior St., Port Franks, 519-243-2900
  • South Shore Marina, 1 Lakeshore Lane, 519-565-2110

YACHT CLUBS

The Wexford Wreck

The Wexford wreck is a 250-foot steam freighter, located 11-kilometres northwest of Grand Bend (GPS: 43° 24? 3.6? N, 81° 53? 17.9988? W). Bound for the Port of Goderich in November 1913, The Wexford was one of eight ships lost with all hands in the worst storm in the Great Lakes recorded history and dubbed the “White Hurricane”. In 2013, a copper wreath created by Goderich blacksmith James Wallace was affixed permanently to the shipwreck’s bow to commemorate 100 years since the tragedy.

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