The “CenterPointe Yacht Services” story began in Door County, Wisconsin. The heart of downtown Sturgeon Bay was once known for cherries and shipbuilding because it was originally home to the Fruit Growers Cooperative and the Peterson Boat Works. The Fruit Growers Cooperative brought many of Door County’s cherry growers to Sturgeon Bay in order for their harvests to be pitted and canned.
Around the same time (1907), the Peterson Boat Works began its rich history of building world class vessels ranging from commercial tuna boats to navy mine sweepers until operations ceased in 1995. Several of the 100-year-old buildings have been set aside for residential conversion, creating unique living experiences. High ceilings, large windows, and old timbers are all a part of the past and future of The Shipyard neighborhood.
CenterPointe Marina grew out of the reclaimed land surrounding the old Peterson Boat Works. The planning began in 2003 with the purchase of the former shipyard. In 2005, inspired by the property’s rich shipbuilding history, CenterPointe Marina was born in the same location as the Peterson Boat Works 100 years earlier.
After five successful seasons CenterPointe was ready to expand to become a full service marina and boat yard to meet the demands and needs of its customers. The first storage building was added in 2009 followed by a second building in 2011.
The first yacht broker was hired in 2010 and in the spring of 2011 rather than building a service department from scratch, CenterPointe merged with ‘Harborside Yacht Center’ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
To reflect the expanded nature of the services offered and to signify the merger the name was changed from CenterPointe Marina to ‘CenterPointe Yacht Services’.
The Milwaukee boat yard, located in the historic Walker’s Point neighborhood and at the mouth of the harbor entrance is now the home office and boasts over 900 feet of dock wall, 100,000 square feet of indoor heated storage, a packed showroom and sales department, a ship’s store and a full-blown service department with ten technicians capable of handling just about any task including fiberglass repairs, carpentry, paint and electronics installation.
In 2013, CPYS acquired Great Lakes Yachts Service and brought its presence in the industry to a new level. This move increased the Door County position to a full service center and boat yard with added indoor heated storage space of nearly 100,000 square feet, a veteran service technician team, and a full parts department.
Early 2016 brought the CPYS name to Holland, Michigan with the establishment of a sales office on the beautiful Lake Macatawa. This Spring, CenterPointe also moved west into lake country Wisconsin, with a new shop on Pewaukee Lake. This location offers our complete services to the area, with a special dedication to the smaller boat market.
At CenterPointe, we look forward to serving the boating community in every way possible to deliver the ultimate boating experience.