Nestegg Marine was opened on June 10, 1991, by Jon & Sue Kukuk, owners/operators.
Jon grew up on Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan and Sue grew up in Detroit and went boating on Lake Erie at her grandparents summer home in Canada. When Jon was 10, he borrowed $100 from his mother to buy an aluminum boat from Sears and Sue, on the other hand, built rafts out of logs to get on the water. By the age of 11, Jon put a 5 horsepower outboard on his boat - and both of them have been boating ever since!
As a young man, Jon was in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and taught several Auxiliary courses.
His parents bought their first "big" boat when he was 15 and made him "first mate" in charge of upkeep and repairs. Sue moved to the Marquette area in 1972 and joined the Auxiliary shortly thereafter.
Jon graduated from Northern Michigan University
with a degree in Industrial Design and then went on to get a Mechanical Engineering degree from Michigan Technological University; Sue graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in graphic design. In 1980, they moved to the Marinette/Menominee area and Jon took a job at Marinette Marine where he became Quality Assurance Manager and Sue stayed home to raise their two daughters, Kristy and Becky. Jon joined the M & M Power Squadron in 1983, taught boating safety classes and became Commander in 1988 & '89. When the Power Squadron dissolved, the Coast Guard Auxiliary started up again and Jon rejoined the Auxiliary. Every spring they teach Auxiliary Safe Boating Classes here at Nestegg.
In 1991, Jon and Sue had the opportunity to purchase the marina
where they docked their Egg Harbor boat, "Nestegg"...and for the lack of a better name and since all their savings went toward the purchase, they named it NESTEGG MARINE.
The business has expanded in both sales and service
and today Nestegg is one of the world's top 16 Catalina Yacht dealerships and their ship's store is one of the finest privately owned stores in Wisconsin. The award-winning service department has received top honors from Mercury Marine, Raymarine, and Interlux Paints, just to mention a few.
Together Jon and Sue have navigated all of the Great Lakes and brought two boats up the river systems from the Gulf of Mexico.
Their goal is to provide boat owners a safe harbor with clean facilities, good service and reasonably priced merchandise...and to HAVE FUN ALONG THE WAY! Nestegg Marine 300 Wells Street P.O. Box 405 Marinette WI 54143 Phone: 715-732-4466 Fax: 715-732-4448 Toll Free Phone: 1-888-5NESTEGG
Meet Nestegg Marine's dedicated staff!
Jon & Sue Kukuk, Owners/Operators
Jon & I have enjoyed being on the water from an early age so buying a marina was a logical decision. So, here we are, 23 years later still "living the dream"! We didn't set out to sell boats but today through our sales and service we've made life-long friendships. I hope we can continue the dream & friendships for many years to come.
Judy Walters, Office Manager
Known as "Cookie" to her friends, she has been with us since the beginning. Without her our bills wouldn't get paid, our check book wouldn't balance and we wouldn't get our pay checks. In other words, she runs this place and with out her we'd be "up the river with out a paddle". I knew Judy from the Piggly Wiggly where she was the head cashier before it closed in 1991, the same year we opened Nestegg Maine. With two small children at home we offered her flexible hours and she came to work part-time as our bookkeeper, little did she know what she was getting into! Never having owned a boat or really been on the water, Judy entered a whole new market place not at all like the meat & potatoes of the Pig. But she was a quick learner and soon knew the bow from the stern. She took some accounting classes and as the kids grew became a full time. When we need something done we ask Judy, if we're out of town and need someone to feed our cat Judy is right there. When we need help for a special party she's the first one there to help and stays until it is all cleaned up. She is the most honest, caring person we have ever known. So, if you have any questions just ask Judy.
Aric Chaltry, Material Manager
Aric is our son-in-law, and the boy next door who married our youngest daughter, Becky. He started working at Nestegg when he was in high school, after his day job he cut grass here until it got dark. In 2005 he graduated from Northern Michigan University with a bachelor's in business management, got married and spent the summer building new docks in the hot summer sun (bet he didn't learn about that in business school). After all the yard work we put him in the service department so he could learn the mechanics of how that part of the business ran. And run he did, he was in charge of meeting and greeting service customers, listening to their concerns and getting their work scheduled. While doing that he had to get parts from the store or from around town and help lift & launch boats. Over the past few years he has taken courses through Mercury Marine, Raymarine and Lowrance. In November, 2013 Aric was awarded a Duane Spader Development Scholarship by the MRAA (Marine Retailers Association of America) Educational Foundation. This is an eighteen month business education program that will greatly enhance our business practices. Aric is the purchasing agent for Nestegg and attends all the fall buying shows, so, if you need a part or product, Aric is the guy to contact. You can certainly say, "He has learned the business from the ground up".
Mike Kushman, Service Administrator
Mike is the newest member of the Nestegg "crew", joining us in July of 2013. Mike's experience in the marine industry comes from Cruisers Yachts/Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts, starting in manufacturing as a Critical Systems Technician and eventually moving into the sales department as Senior Sales Coordinator. He also spent several years as Assistant Harbor Master at the Menominee Marina. Mike is the one to see when you bring your boat or motor in for maintenance. He will write up your work order and get you into the schedule, track the progress of your work and call if any questions arise during the course of repairs. With the additional responsibility of overseeing the summer dock help, he is dedicated to insure assistance is available when you need it at the gas dock or your slip and that the facilities & grounds are top notch. He enjoys being on the water, whether sailing, kayaking or rowing. Mike has also built two wooden kit boats and has been instrumental in forming a local team-rowing club which Nestegg is helping to sponsor. Above all, he is a real asset to our crew!
Brian Sislo, Service Manager
Brian heads up our award winning service department. He has been on & around boats from an early age; at 12 he was first mate on a charter fishing boat on Lake Superior. He came to Nestegg after completing a two-year marine technical school since then he has gone on to become certified with: Mercury Marine, Mercruiser, Yanmar, Raymarine, Harken and Marineair Air Conditioning, just to mention a few. Brian has completed & passed his Electrical & Systems Certification with ABYC (American Boat & Yacht Council). When Nestegg became a Catalina sailboat dealer in 1993 Brian learned to sail, rig and maintain the smaller diesel engines. He can step masts, adjust rigging, install electronics & fix your engine all at the same time! His true passion is fishing, some of the tournaments he has placed in include: Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit World Championship Qualifier in 2006 & '09; Top ten finish in World Championship on Lake Erie in 2009; 2008 Central Division points to 5 and Family Team of the Year. Midwest Walleye series 2007 Championship Qualifier and top ten finish, 2008 Cabela's National Team Championship Qualifier, 2008 Midwest Walleye Circuit Championship Qualifier and 3rd place finish in that Championship on Green Bay. So, if you want to sail or fish, Brian is your man! He and his wife, Tiffany, have a "hobby-farm" near Marinette where they raised three children (one now married with a daughter of his own) along with horses, dogs & cats.
Dennis Colburn, Technician
Dennis joined Nestegg for the second time in 2008. He works on a variety of jobs, which is necessary in this industry, but usually he installs electronics per the customer's instruction. He has completed and passed the Electrical & Systems courses from ABYC (American Boat & Yacht Council) and has certification with Mercury Marine, Yanmar and Raymarine. When needed he can also do a good job of gelcoat repair. Dennis and his wife, Kelly, have three children (and a dog for each). Being civic minded, he ran & won a seat on the Marinette City Council. He is one of the first people to step up and say, "can I help", in any situation. We are happy he decided to return to Nestegg!
Travis Newlin, Technician
Travis, aka "Buzzard" because he eats everything & anything yet stays skinny, joined Nestegg as dock & yard help in 2009. A graduate of Stephenson High School, he had worked several jobs including some farming and is now part of the full-time "crew" at Nestegg. After doing many jobs his first year he wanted advancement and began taking Mercury training toward his certification. He took and passed the ABYC (American Boat & Yacht Council) Marine Systems and has completed an Interlux Paint awlgrip training school in Ft. Lauderdale. Travis and his wife, Tasha, have three sons and another baby on the way so he's a very busy guy! And, like the little engine "that could" he gets the job done.
Jeff Thanos, Boat Sales
Jeff is a "sailing tactician" and takes care of new, used & brokered boat sales at Nestegg. He graduated from UW at Whitewater with a bachelor of science in zoology and then attended the University of Kentucky where he earned a degree in applied dental technology. He owned his own dental lab for several years but decided to follow his dream and has been at Nestegg since 1997. Jeff doesn't race any more but enjoys the ride and will help you learn how to sail any day of the week.
Mark Van Donsel, Lift & launch
Mark is our "lift/launch" guy, he is semi-retired so only works spring & fall. He own a 36' Catalina and loves to sail, whether with family or friends, or alone he is usually away from the dock. He has been in the building trade all his life and is a wonderful carpenter; he & Jon remodeled the service department & shop and are working on making our buildings more weather-tight. When he isn't sailing, lifting or launching he is with his wife, Carolyn, or babysitting his twin granddaughters. They enjoy their 5th wheel RV during the winter months and have seen a lot of the American countryside. As Mark said, "old sailors never die, they just get a little dinghy."
Our award-winning Service Department has technicians certified with Mercury Outboard, Mercruiser, Yanmar, Raymarine, Harken and Marine Air conditioning.
Two of our techs are also certified through ABYC (American Boat & Yacht Council) for electrical and boat systems. All enjoy continuing their education through various courses. In August 2013, we plan to send two of our techs to the Interlux painting school in Orlando, FL.
We do electronic installations per the customer's request.
With the Raymarine Certification, your installation is under warranty should something go wrong!
At fall haul-out, we winterize most makes and models whether you store here or trailer away.
Our crew is especially good at running the non-toxic antifreeze through your engine and other systems. In the spring we do not let the antifreeze run-off into the river because we built a special catch basin. This is one area where we are very particular about, as we pride ourselves as a Wisconsin Clean Marina.
We are proud to announce Nestegg Marine is recognized as an authorized dealer for Mercury, Mercruiser, Catalina, Yanmar, Raymarine & Lowrance! As an ABYC Certified dealership, Nestegg Marine offers the following services:
Mechanical and Marine Systems Service and Repair
Hull and Deck Repairs
Accessories and Equipment Installs
The Marina at Nestegg
Looking downriver to the east on a beautiful May afternoon, boats are ready to leave for their "home" ports.
Nestegg Marine is a "full service" facility on the Menominee River in Wisconsin
which means not only do we dock and store your boat, but we can fix it, too! Since that means we function more like a "boat yard", we have some heavy equipment around that allows us to provide top-notch service, including a 55 ton Travelift and several fork lifts. Although we may not be as pretty as some, our friendly and helpful service is what keeps our customers coming back year after year. If there is a problem, we can fix it and get you off and boating on the bay!
Our "bulkhead" docks are well suited for larger fishing boats.
Water depth in the center of the canal is about 9 feet and there is little or no "rock and roll" from boaters' wake.
Floating, finger piers extend to the east of our half of Stephenson Island.
Water depth here is over 12 feet in most places, so these docks are especially good for sailboats.
Our 55 ton Travelift can safely move your boat into one of 4 heated storage buildings. We were full last season and expect to be full again this winter so please return your storage contracts soon. If you are a new customer, we will try to accommodate your storage request. Storage deposits ($500 non-refundable) received before September 1st will get a $.05 per sq. ft. discount. Please call us if you have any questions at 715-732-4466 or 888-563-7834.
2013-14 Winter Storage Rates
Please contact our Service Advisor for a complete list of included services.
Inside Heated for boats up to 40ft.
Inside Heated for boats over 40ft.
Inside, Cold, on trailer
Inside, Heated, on trailer
The Captain's Quarters has a "mini" galley with coffee pot & coffee and a microwave. The washer & dryer are to the left and our "book exchange" is on the right.
Nestegg Marine on the Menominee River in Marinette, WI has both floating docks and bulkhead dockage.
Our seasonal rates include water and one 30 amp connection (extra connections available for a small fee). The fuel dock has diesel, gas and a pump-out station and monitors VHF Channel 16. We also offer day, week and transient dockage rates.
Our "floating" docks are just a few years old and every slip has power & water.
Guests are able to drive within a short walking distance of their slip and there is always plenty of parking for friends and family.
We sell both gas and diesel fuel, both treated with additive to assure good burning in your engine.
Do not purchase gas from a land line as most gas stations have Ethanol and this will break down engine parts. We have also had some customers return from other ports with bad or untreated diesel fuel that has turned to "jelly" and gummed up their system. Our fuel dock also has a pump-out system.
The "Captain's Quarters" is a private facility for boat owners and their guests.
The "common" area has a big screen TV, books, coffee pot & coffee, microwave & sink and washer & dryer. A great place to relax after a day on the Bay or on a rainy afternoon. There are four, newly remodeled, individual restrooms and one even has a bath tub, just right for the little ones who like their "tubbies".
Transient slips are available (when seasonal customers are out) and reservations are requested, please call 715-732-4466 or on VHF Channel 16.
Our Ship's Store
The Ship's Store is well stocked each spring with new products.
We are on top of the latest Raymarine and Lowrance electronics and our selection of West Epoxy Systems is the best north of Milwaukee.
Since most of Nestegg Marine's staff are boat owners themselves
we are very familiar with products such as Interlux and Pettit paints, as well as 3M cleaners & wax. We carry pre-made dock lines and spools of rope that can be cut to any length for docking or halyards.
The M & M area has great fishing and Nestegg recognizes the need for reliable fishing supplies and products.
We carry Big Jon sports equipment, Shimano and Okuma rods and reels, Dipsy Diver offshore tackle as well as plenty of line and lures. For trailerable boats, we offer an assortment of rollers, bunk guides and wheel hubs. To keep your electronics running, we carry an excellent line of heavy duty marine batteries (bring in your core for a discount).
Nestegg Marine offers variety of sailing hardware and gear, as well as stainless steel fasteners that are also an important part of rigging.
We sell both Sperry and Sebago shoes and boots for men & women.
Come visit us in Marinette, WI for our discount sale the month of March to celebrate our Open House.
When you want to get wet, we have an assortment of water toys - tubes, wakeboards, kayaks & other towables.
Parts & Accessories
Shimano / Okuma Rods
Deck Chairs / Sperry & Sebago Shoes
Trailer Parts & Accessories
Navigation Lighting/Bilge Pumps
We carry Mercury & Mercruiser parts and accessories as well as Mercury's Quicksilver products. Yanmar, Universal, Atomic 4 and Westerbeke parts are also available. We also sell Motor Guide & Minn Kota electric trolling motors and accessories!
Selling & Servicing the Nautical Lifestyle By Providing the Best Marine Products & Services At a Fair Price to Our Distinguishing Mariners
We are a full service marine business selling, servicing, docking, storing boats as well as selling parts and accessories.