Dave Irish and the Irish Boat Shop have provided service for recreational boaters in Harbor Springs since 1961, and on Lake Charlevoix since 1971. With modern, comprehensive facilities in both communities, few other operations on the Great Lakes offer such a range of available services and strength of experience. At each location, sales, chandlery, dockage, storage and complete service are integrated to assist and assure your enjoyment of boat ownership and use. The business of Irish Boat Shop is to promote recreational boating by delivering quality and value in boats and services while meeting our obligations to our customers, our employees, our communities, and the environment.
Please stop in and meet us, inspect our facilities, and discuss the many ways we can assist you.
Contact the marina for a full list of amenities!
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Hoisting and Rigging
Using Travelifts, hydraulic cranes, and special trailers, our skilled staff will handle your boat and equipment gently and safely for launch, haul out and storage. With the experience of handling over 2000 boats of up to 75' each year, we give your boat the tender care it deserves when moving into or out of the water. Our sailboat rigging staff has special skills gained by years of activity in both the sport of sailing and performing repair and modification work on many types of rigs. Large sailboat masts are handled expertly and efficiently. From welding mast repairs to new halyards and expert rig tuning, we will do it right the first time.
Engine and Drive Train
Factory trained and certified technicians will maintain and repair your power plants and related systems. We are extraordinarily capable with a wide range of diesels, gas engines, inboards, outdrives, and auxiliaries. Engines are the 'common thread' between all the various types and sizes of boats that pass our way and deserve particular attention. We bring you the critical combination of parts inventory, factory training, and hands-on experience.
Finishes and Fiberglass
When your boat is ready for the restorative benefit of a high gloss and colorful AWLGRIP job, we have the skills, experience and equipment to do a superior job. If your boat should fall victim to osmotic blisters, we offer expert repair with a written warranty. A glass-like finish on your varnish work, routine bottom painting, and buffing and waxing are readily available. Improvements to materials and methods in this area occur continually and only our aggressive efforts to stay up to date permit us to offer the latest and most effective solutions.
Our woodworkers are ready to completely rebuild the interior of your boat or simply repair or replace a small piece of trim. Either way, the modifications are sure to match the original construction in grain, color, and type of wood. If your wood hulled boat needs structural repair, we have the tools and experience to do it efficiently and correctly. Several of our customers have had us modify the interior of their boats to better suit their style of living, such as changing the berthing or cabin arrangements, galley improvement etc.
Complex electrical and mechanical systems are becoming more and more common on today's pleasure boats. Entertainment centers, galley appliances, heating and air conditioning, sophisticates navigation electronics and plumbing systems require unique qualifications to install and maintain. If you want it added, replaced, repaired, or upgraded, we have the products, parts, and the ability.
Dredging, Dock Maintenance and Repair, Towing, and Salvage
Through Cliff Biddick's years of experience, we are able to offer the equipment and expertise necessary to complete projects beyond the scope of boat maintenance. Whether for an entire marina or privately owned docks, we can make your wells deeper and your docks better. If you find yourself in an unfortunate situation, we have the ability to recover your vessel and if necessary, mount a full-scale salvage operation.