Do you need a slip or will a mooring
work? New England
has lots of moorings and they are much cheaper than slips. Use of a dinghy dock
(and sometimes launch service) is included in the price. It's typically much more private and pleasant on a mooring
but you can't plug
into power and need a good dinghy
This is also a great time to look. The recession has made most waiting lists for moorings and slips go away (still long waiting lists to own your own mooring but not to rent). People renewing their contracts usually do so by January so there are a lot of marina owners right now looking to fill empty spots.
I'd use Active Captain
to look. This gives reviews
. Then make a bunch of calls. You can also use the satellite
pictures on ActiveCaptain and Google Earth
to get an idea of what types of boats are moored (assuming it's a summer satellite
picture). I'd look for a place that shows a good number of sailboats. You can also judge pretty easily how protected the harbor will feel in different wind
directions (the reviews
will tell you too)
Just about all harbors are reasonably well protected or better. I'd give more thought to location. Is it a easy to get to the marina by land and easy to get to good sailing waters from the marina?