Windmill Marina


In This Issue

Letter from the General Manager

Shrink wrap information

Gas dock hours

Winter storage tips

Winter work discount

Good Boating Etiquette

Contact Information
Windmill Marina
Association Inc.
16065 32nd Street South
P.O. Box 279
Afton, MN 55001

Phone 651.436.7744
Fax 651.436.1832
Pullout & Winterizing Requests &Service Orders

Make sure to fill out your winter forms located below

  • Is your boat leaving the marina for the winter? Do we perform any winterizing services before you take it away?
  • Does your boat stay for the winter but we DO NOT service it? You are a do-it-yourselfer
  • Is your boat staying for the winter and WE DO the winterizing?
  • Do you want your boat shrink-wrapped? Do you want a zipper door?
  • Do you need any other mechanical services or winter work?

***Please fill out a form even if your boat leaves and we DO NOT service it. We need a form for every boat at

Windmill Marina!

Please leave keys in the boat!

Letter from the General Manager

Here we are again at the end of a great season, although this one had a late and wet start. I would like to take a few minutes and talk about surveys. If you haven’t received it, you will soon receive an off-season Windmill Survey. I can imagine your thoughts, “Another Survey!” “Do they even read these?”

I can assure you that they are read by everyone, up to and including the Board of Directors. Our surveys help us to solve problems and direct our attention toward the things that matter most to our users and customers.

I would like to address some things that have been mentioned in recent surveys. A common theme is appearance. We heard you loud & clear! Several projects have been initiated around the Marina that will make the Marina better looking and more modern. 

The parking issues on “D” Dock are well known, but the emphasis placed on the issue by our members tells us that we have to address it. During our upcoming retaining wall project, we hope to reconfigure several patios to reclaim some parking. It won’t solve the problem but it should help.

I can’t go through all the comments that have initiated improvement but I can assure you that your voice helps us focus our resources.

There are also a few recurring comments on items that we can’t realistically provide or may come from misinformation.

Unfortunately we just don’t have the footprint or infrastructure for a restaurant or a pool.

We don’t have the staffing or the dock space to provide a service where we launch our customer’s boats for them, much like that of a valet service.

Yes - Store N Launch folks are given launch priority if there is a back-up. A back-up is determined and defined by our Launch Staff & Weekend Manager. It is up to the Store N Launch member to make the Launch or Lot employees aware that you are waiting to launch.

Yes - we do have Security Cameras, but if I advertise their location they don’t do as good of a job. Needless to say, we don’t have as many couches dropped into our dumpsters.

Please take a few moments and let us know your thoughts.

Once again, thank you all for your valuable insight and feedback you may provide to us – it is vital as we make decisions regarding the future of the Marina. I hope that you all stay warm this winter as we day dream of the river life that awaits us again in the Spring. 


Jim Clemens

General Manager

Fall Gas Dock Hours

Our fuel dock will close earlier as the days become shorter. We are open every morning at 8:00 am. and will close at dark throughout fall. Our fuel dock will remain open until mid to late October or when we have all of our expected boats serviced all other work is complete. Call the office to confirm closing times before you come over for fuel or pump outs. Pump outs are $7 per tank. Take advantage of a FREE PUMP OUT with a gas purchase of over $200. *Free pump out is to be used at the time of fuel purchase. No banking of pump outs.

If you are bubbling your boat this winter, you need to bring your boat to the gas dock for your final pump out. Ask for a "HEAD HAS BEEN PUMPED" tag from the dock attendant and secure it on the helm of your boat.

Sunrise at Windmill Marina Fall of 2021

Winter Boat Storage Tips
  • Drain plugs are to be left by the helm of the boat - please do not remove and take home. Remove all food and perishables.

  • Leave fenders, lines and batteries in the boat.

  • Condensation is a constant challenge in cooler climates. To control excess dampness, use dehumidifier crystals, such as Damp Rid and No Damp, which are sold in the Ship Store.

  • Put sheets of fabric softener around the inside of your boat, in cabinets and drawers. This will help keep your boat smelling fresh and also help with rodent control.

  • Use Kanberra Gel, an airborne tea tree oil, to remove and control mold, mildew and odor. This is also available in the Ship Store.
DIY and Bubbling this Winter?

Once we communicate which slip you will be in it is your responsibility to move your boat to the slip you are assigned.
If WMA has to move the boat there will be a $100 fee for this service.

Power Cords, Fenders and Dock Lines

WMA will label ALL power cords!

*WMA is not responsible for any power cords, dock lines or fenders.

The Boat Doctor is by far the premier shrink-wrapping company, with over a decade of experience and thousands of boats wrapped! Let their experience guide your boat through another nasty winter.

The Boat Doctor will wrap your boat on time and keep a watchful eye on it until they uncover it in the spring. Trust the name that was here long before the competition and will be here long after them.

The Boat Doctor staff is looking forward to shrink-wrapping your boat this fall--just check the box on your fall winterizing sheet in this issue of Dock Lines or email/call Julie or Kelly at the marina office.

Advantages of The Boat Doctor services

-Shrink-wrap is hassle & worry free for you
-Protects your boat from harmful ultraviolet rays and fallout
-Snow slides off wrap so there is no weight or ice buildup
-Keeps elements out but is ventilated to let fresh air in
-Affordable: tarps and canvas deteriorate and have to be replaced regularly
-Environmentally safe, we recycle our wrap in the spring
-Price includes unwrapping in the spring (NOTE: if your bill is not paid in full to the Boat Doctor be January 1, 2022 there will be a $25 removal fee in the spring of 2022)
Boat Owners are not allowed to shrink wrap their own boats or use an open flame on docks or boats at Windmill Marina
The Boat Doctor Guarantee

The Boat Doctor guarantees its workmanship but is not responsible for vinyl enclosures, plexiglass, windscreens, equipment mounted to radar arches, hard tops or pulpits (including but not limited to) spotlights, radar, antennas, domes, glomexes, navigational lights, etc. The Boat Doctor is not responsible for acts of nature such as heavy snowfalls, high winds, etc., The Boat Doctor is not responsible for poorly maintained or aged boat components such as clear vinyl, zippers and snaps that may be past their workable life. The Boat Doctor is not responsible for how any items on the boat react to cold weather during the shrink wrap or shrink wrap removal process including but not limited to clear vinyl, zippers, snaps, etc. Please be aware of the added risk of cold weather to boats coming out the last two weeks or going in the first two of haul out and launch season. The Boat Doctor does add ventilation to all boats but is not responsible for any issues arising from moisture. The Boat Doctor assumes all boats can withstand all aspects of shrink wrap and the shrink wrap process and is not responsible for any damage to the structures involved with the shrink wrap process including but not limited to railings, stanchions, cleats, etc. The Boat Doctor is not responsible for any damage that may occur when certain items need to be moved or that interfere with the shrink wrap or shrink wrap process including but not limited to dinghies, kayaks, jet skis, aqua mats, lily pads, etc. The Boat Doctor is not responsible for any issues arising from shrink wrap or the shrink wrap process and the various surfaces of the boat including but not limited to gelcoat, awl grip paint, stainless steel, woodwork, plastic, etc.

The Boat Doctor will not be responsible for any boat that has been cut into or altered in any way.

You will be billed directly by the Boat Doctor 651.436.4490

Message from the Boat Doctor:

We will be moving to a length overall (LOA) billing style for shrink wrap. With the advent of extended swim platforms, dinghy's, PWC and other boating accessories adding to the overall length of the boats, we want to make sure everyone is paying accordingly for their boat. We will use a highly accurate laser measuring device to measure the length overall when we wrap each boat and bill accordingly.
up to 23' $16.50
24' - 29' $18.50
30' - 34' $20.05
35' - 37' $22.30
38' - 44' $24.10
45' - 49' $25.70
50' and up $26.55

Leave batteries and keys in the boat! In order to provide winterizing services, batteries must be in the boat. If your batteries are not in your boat, we have to use our shop supplies and there will be an additional $50 charge for this service.

Battery removal (if desired) is the boat owner's responsibility. Windmill Marina does not remove or store batteries. Boats are shrink-wrapped as winterizing is completed. If you want to remove your batteries, you must make arrangements to do so. ***This will delay shrink-wrapping!

If you feel you have a bad battery, it is your responsibility to remove it. Good, healthy batteries are made to withstand winter weather and it is not necessary to remove them.

After parking your boat/trailer in your designated spot, pull the hull plug and put it in the cup holder by the steering wheel, with excessive rain your boat can sink on land.

Pull Out, Winterizing and Service Orders
Submit a form for each boat.

Please visit our website to

View Price Lists

Online Winterizing/Pull Out\Storage Form

*Maximum of 50 boats per week, if you fail to sign up we will pull at our convenience. 





5% off 10% off

repairs over repairs over

$1,000/labor $5,000/labor

Services include: Fiberglass/deck/gel coat repair, bottom/blister repairs/bottom painting and engine/transmission repairs-replacement, drive line, props, struts and strut bearings.

Offer good from Nov. 1,2022

through March 31, 2023

*Does not apply towards winterizing services, oil changes, tune-ups and drive service

*Does not apply to sub-labor services

Emergency Response Equipment
Windmill Marina Association has an automated external defibrillator device.

The AED is located in the hallway of the bathrooms/showers of the Ship Store.
Wake Awareness: A Reminder from the MN DNR

Under Minnesota Law, the damage your wake causes is treated the same as damage caused by an actual collision. Personal watercraft (PWC) must stay at least 150 feet from shore. There is no required distance for boats, but by staying at least 200 feet from shore or other structures boaters can reduce the likelihood their wakes will cause damage. Boats that create an artificial wake may require more distance to lower the impact.

*Be aware of your environment and what’s going on around you – this applies to everyone on and around the water.

*Stay at least 200 feet away from shorelines, docks, or other structures. Backing a boat up to a riverbank or lakeshore can damage the area and lead to erosion. Travel slowly in shallow waters.

*Minimize repetitive passes. Once you’ve run a line, move on to another area. Comply with all signs and respect barriers.

*Respect the rights of others so everyone can enjoy their time on the water – keep the noise down, be courteous to other boaters, and show consideration to all recreationists on and around the water.

For more information, visit

Marina Staff

General Manager Jim Clemens

Office Manager Kelly Little

Office Assistant Abby Armstrong

Service Manager Scott Baken

Service Parts Craig Baken

Technicians Broc Leslie

Jon Kaaria

River Operations Levi Schoenecker

Yard Foreman Dave Little

Fabricator Sean Davis

Marina Maintenance Troy Brown

Jason DeSantis

Alex Duncan

Kyle McFadden

Aydin Brennen

Jason Johnson

Bill Van De Riet

Marina Security Bill Norrish

Kevin Waldon

Marina Gardener Tammy Waldon

Summer Staff

Ivy Agen

Hannah Affolter

Wesley Balsimo

Nick Bancker

Amelia Brower

Tucker Giambrone

Skylar Glass

Westen Grahek

Brooke Hanselman

Kalia Helgesen

Sam Hoffman

Cole Lange

Mila Nielsen

Logan Smith

Johanna Teegarden

Will Teegarden

Anthony Verby

Donovan Weiss

Board of Directors

Ted Zinner - President

Joe Riley - Vice President

Nicole Runge - Treasurer

Tom Bystzycki

Scott Lindall

Todd Witt

Jack Priest

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