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Old 24-08-2021, 14:45   #1
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Hello Everyone,

We will be moving our boat (440 Lagoon, 70 foot mast) from the NY area, south starting early in Oct. For work reasons, we will need to leave the boat somewhere between Norwalk and Myrtle Beach for 3-8 weeks. We want to get a slip not a mooring ball. Ideally we would like to be fairly close to an airport or at very least close to an Interstate (we will be traveling back and forth to the Mid-west). On one or two trips back and forth we will be bringing all our stuff as we are moving onto the boat full time by the end of the year.

Does anyone have any ideas of marinas that would our criteria and that we can get to with respect to bridges.

Thanks for any help,

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When researching marinas, I go to Active Captain. You can use it to find marinas that suit your needs.

https://activecaptain.garmin.com/
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Old 24-08-2021, 15:38   #3
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Hello Everyone,

We will be moving our boat (440 Lagoon, 70 foot mast) from the NY area, south starting early in Oct. For work reasons, we will need to leave the boat somewhere between Norwalk and Myrtle Beach for 3-8 weeks. We want to get a slip not a mooring ball. Ideally we would like to be fairly close to an airport or at very least close to an Interstate (we will be traveling back and forth to the Mid-west). On one or two trips back and forth we will be bringing all our stuff as we are moving onto the boat full time by the end of the year.

Does anyone have any ideas of marinas that would our criteria and that we can get to with respect to bridges.

Thanks for any help,

M
The marina I'm currently in, Safe Harbor Skull Creek in Hilton Head meets your criteria.

You would not be in a slip pre se, most likely side to a floating dock on the most protected part of the creek. There's a nearby general aviation airport which I'm sure has connectors, there's Hilton Head/Savannah Int'l a short drive away, and you're 20 mins from I-95.

There's several cats your size in there now, and some gaps where a couple of large cats were but have left.

No clue on bridges.
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Old 27-08-2021, 07:28   #4
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Salt Ponds in Hampton can handle you. It's about 15min to Norfolk Airport.
Floating docks. You'll likely be at a T head, but, it's super sheltered.
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Homer Smith Marina or Town Creek Marina in Beaufort, NC are just before the first bridge and could handle a boat your size. It's a great marina with very helpful staff. There is a small airport (private/charter flights) a couple of miles away. Jacksonville (OAJ) or New Bern (EWN) are 30-45 minute drives and have multiple flights with Delta and American Airlines respectively. Beaufort inlet is easily navigable even for deeper draft vessels and the Beaufort/Morehead City area is steeped in maritime tradition.

Interstate access is good but if you want to avoid the nightmare that is I95 you can make it north to Wilmington, DE using secondary highways through NC to Norfolk over the Bay bridge/tunnel and up the coast. It's a great drive with actual scenery and nowhere near the traffic and drama of an expedition up and down I95. (Scenic route usually adds 20-30 minutes total to the planned length of a trip to Newport, RI but all it takes is for I95 to have construction or a wreck to make the scenic route much more efficient)
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I would be looking in the Norfolk/Hampton area. Cheaper dockage than further south in general, and a good airport.
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Homer Smith Marina or Town Creek Marina in Beaufort, NC are just before the first bridge and could handle a boat your size. It's a great marina with very helpful staff. There is a small airport (private/charter flights) a couple of miles away. Jacksonville (OAJ) or New Bern (EWN) are 30-45 minute drives and have multiple flights with Delta and American Airlines respectively. Beaufort inlet is easily navigable even for deeper draft vessels and the Beaufort/Morehead City area is steeped in maritime tradition.

Interstate access is good but if you want to avoid the nightmare that is I95 you can make it north to Wilmington, DE using secondary highways through NC to Norfolk over the Bay bridge/tunnel and up the coast. It's a great drive with actual scenery and nowhere near the traffic and drama of an expedition up and down I95. (Scenic route usually adds 20-30 minutes total to the planned length of a trip to Newport, RI but all it takes is for I95 to have construction or a wreck to make the scenic route much more efficient)
Town Creek Marina in Beaufort appears to be behind a 65' air clearance ICW bridge. So scratch that.
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Town Creek Marina in Beaufort appears to be behind a 65' air clearance ICW bridge. So scratch that.
Itís not, itís just before the bridge. See screenshot of chart.
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Itís not, itís just before the bridge. See screenshot of chart.
Thanks, i was confusing the location with Morehead city yacht basin.
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