I'm in the same boat <g>. This year we've had our boat in Eastern Casco Bay at Great Island Boat Yard in Harpswell. It's a beautiful spot, but it's over 2 hours from our home in Central NH, and it's another 1 - 2 hours out to open water
. On the plus side the Yard is really excellent and very well protected, as well as that much closer to the great cruising areas.
I had initially planned to keep the boat at Great Bay Marine
in Newington, up the Piscataqua. We did our winter storage
there last year and liked it very much (nice people and great service). The ride up and down the river was quite pleasant and interesting when done near slack water
, but it does take 2 - 2 1/2 hours. The river (and even Great Bay) can be quite frightening when the wind
are against the tide.
Feel free to pm me if you'd like any further info on these two yards.