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The atmosphere at the Grand Opening party bubbled with laughter and playful banter as

Castaways Marina unveiled its brand-new clubhouse this past July.

This beautiful marina situated in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, had been anticipating this event for quite some time and the marina community cheerfully gathered together to celebrate their new amenities. 

Tom Lind, the property manager of Castaways Marina, oversaw the construction of the clubhouse from the start. His hard work was evident at the gathering, the Castaways community will continue to reap the benefits provided by the clubhouse for years to come. 

Castaways Marina

sits scenically on the Mississippi River, surrounded by nature, the chirping of birds and the gentle lapping of the river. It features 42 slips for boaters, 16 of these slips are occupied by year-round live-aboard house-boaters. Needless to say, all of the house-boaters are thrilled about their new clubhouse.


The Clubhouse

comes complete with garages, storage units, bathrooms, showers, washers and dryers,

and an open space to host gatherings. It took a year and a half to build, but it was definitely worth the wait.  Clubhouse Cam documented the construction progress.

A Smashing Party 

The party started at noon on 14 July and didn’t end until nightfall. If we bring beer, the party usually lasts a lot longer,” laughed Lind.  As it turned out, there was plenty of beer. Lind also organized a pig roast with delicious pulled pork sandwiches.

The Castaway community brought dishes, all culminating in a fantastic potluck with food to spare.

Almost everyone took leftovers home that night.  Along with great food was some great company.

The Castaway boaters are a friendly lot and conversations were accented by laughter and big smiles.

It was easy to see they all care about each other and are excited about their new clubhouse. 

New Conveniences 

Among the partygoers were Chris and Tom Pulkrabek, year-round live-aboards at Castaways Marina.

They volunteered at Castaways Marina’s booth at the Minneapolis Boat Show. The top questions were if the marina had showers, restrooms or even a clubhouse.  It really is a good up-sell for the marina,” explained Chris. “I think it’s wonderful.”  Another big question was whether Castaways Marina had garages or storage units. Now they can confidently tell boat show attendees Castaways has 11 garages and 22 storage units on the main level. The new garage and storage units will make life a lot easier and more convenient for the Castaway house-boaters.  

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