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Old 14-01-2011, 22:58   #1
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Cheap Marinas in RI or MA?

Does anyone know of any marinas in New England that are somewhat sheltered from the elements but won't cost me an arm and a leg?
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Old 15-01-2011, 02:43   #2
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Where in N England?
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Old 15-01-2011, 03:18   #3
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Anywhere really but preferably Boston or lower
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what is your target price?

We have our boat at Burr Bros in Marion. Great protection. Outstanding service, beautiful harbor, and I feel a spectacular bargain at about $1600 or so/season (+some fees and options) including launch service. You also have Brownells available for storage and hauling at a fraction of the price of most places in the area.

Great location - short sail/motor to the cape cod canal, easy sail to MV, Cuttyhunk, etc. Can't be beat, IMO.
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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)

https://www.activecaptain.com/

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?

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