The only Marina on Lake Delhi, Hartwick Marina, was first built in 1932. Since then, the Marina has been owned by just two families. When the Vance family bought it June 5, 2020, they became the third.
The previous owners of the marina, the Stender family, managed to hold onto the Marina and keep it in business even when the Lake didn’t have water due to the dam breaking. The Stenders have been friends with the Vance family for a very long time. The new owner, Pat Vance, recalled buying his first Ski Nautique boat from the Stenders back in 2004.
At the marina, one can find a lot of goods and services, including having your boat serviced and fueled.
One can also rent a fishing boat or pontoon or buy a boat. The marina sells a range of boats from the brands Premier, Princecraft, Harris and Lowe.
If one doesn’t have space for a boat, or just want a secure storage place in the winter, the marina has enough space, offering the option to either have it stored inside or outside. They also offer winterization and summerization services to have your boat prepped and ready for any kind of weather.
If you’re out on the lake and need a quick snack or drink, Vance recently received a liquor license to sell beer and other canned drinks. They also have a soft-serve machine and other ice cream treats.
In the future, Vance said he wants to use more technology. “We want to embrace technology, automation and innovation to make the business run more smoothly and to offer a new and different kind of customer service,” he said.
The Vance family is extremely grateful to be able to join the others that have served Lake Delhi at the marina, and are very appreciative of the Stender family. “We appreciate what the Stenders have done with how difficult the times were when we had the flood and the lake was not open,” Vance added.
The Vance family looks forward to serving the residents and visitors of Lake Delhi for years to come, and as lifelong customers of the marina themselves, they feel honored to do so.