Hello fellow Kingston sailor!
I've kept sailboats at several of the local marinas
, so speaking from personal experience.
In general, sailboats are terribly under-served and over-charged in Kingston. Its a wonderful place to sail, and a lousy place to keep a sailboat.
KYC is a lovely club with decaying facilities. Yes, there are some new finger docks, but you might have to wait years before you could get one. They go to members only, using a point system based on how long you've been a member
and the membership
type. Your (single) membership
alone will cost about $2000 per year. The good news is no "buy-in" fee. A finger dock there, if you can get one will cost you $3000/yr. Add in haulout/launch, winter storage, mast
storage, power, and of course TAX, and the grand the total is around $8000/yr, all in. Car parking is free (for members), if you can find a spot. You could save $500 if you can get a med mooring
instead of a finger.
Confederation Basin Marina (aka Confed) is municipally owned. The people who run the marina and make all the important decisions have never been on, owned, or even seen a sailboat. The entire marina is built beam-on to the prevailing SW wind
, which blows strong every summer afternoon (and most mornings and nights too). Ask anyone who has been there about the collisions which occur daily. In recent memory, a large power yacht lost
on a windy day and scraped down an entire row of docked boats (around 25 boats) causing tens of thousands of dollars of damage. Everyone eventually got an insurance
cheque. Eventually. They keep adding more and more docks, so its increasingly difficult to manouver in and out, even in the best of conditions. I kept several boats there, including a Hunter
35.5, and the longest dock they would give me was 26 feet long. They wanted to give me a 12 foot dock for my C&C25. The effect of all this is that almost all the sailboats have left. Yes, its a wonderful location, provided you don't want to drive there, or move stuff from your car to your boat...thats almost impossible most days. According to their latest marina fee schedule, using the "all in rate", it will cost you about $4200 annually. This actually sounds reasonable...until you see the washrooms.
I live near Confed and kept a boat there maybe 10 seasons. As a solo sailor (or sailing with young kids), I appreciated the dock hands to assist in taking my lines when coming and going. However, they were usually unreliable and untrained...give them a line and they will pull HARD. If you like to party its a great place to be. Not so great for sleeping on your boat though.
Portsmouth Olympic Harbour is just west of downtown, also owned/run by the city. It'll cost you around $4050 annually based on their "all in rate". But they have longer docks, some lee, a fuel/service dock, mast
crane, and lots of parking. The marina is however INSANELY busy during CORK (August) and several other major events
that are based at POH, like fishing
derbies and poker runs...think of 30 giant cigarette boats on massive trailers waiting to use the launch ramp
while 200 lasers are returning from a race
The Inner Harbour (aka Kingston Marina) has better rates, but its an industrial location (Metalcraft Marine
owns/operates the whole marina site) and you are tied to the bridge, which opens once per hour. My last winter there, my boat was robbed and vandalized over xmas, along with several others. When I reported it to the marina, they suggested filling the cockpit
with lawn chairs and rubbish for security
Trident Yacht club, east of Kingston, is a beautiful club with wonderful people, great docks and a constant battle with power boat
wakes. Its where all the big boats live. Last time I looked, the "buy-in" to become a member
was something like $13,000. Plus annual fees
Collins Bay has a wonderfull reputation and reasonable prices. But its located in a (reclaimed) swamp next to a main road near the airport
. If you live nearby, its a good compromise.
CFB Marina is a great little club that will cost you around $1000/yr, all inclusive. But you must be a member of the military. And I think they only take boats under 30 feet. I'm not in the military so I'm not sure. But I sold one of my boats to a military man who kept it there for a while.
Despite the great sailing here, sadly, Kingston does not have good marinas or marine
services. I did not realize just how bad it was till I went to Annapolis
...and my eyes were opened. If you want to sail here, you better have deep pockets and low expectations.
My advice...Presquile Yacht Club https://presquileyc.com
A beautiful little club with modest prices and friendly sailors.