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Old 10-05-2010
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Winter Storage - Who has best prices & service on Chesapeake

Hello Midlife Sailor,
As to the best prices on Winter Storage around the Chesapeake – you are correct that Deltaville, Virginia has some of the best prices, but Deltaville is too far south for most of us bay sailors who live in PA, Baltimore , or around the DC Beltway. What I would save in haul-out fees, would not cover the gas and time spent on such a long drive south, it is a lovely area though!

From Annapolis north to Baltimore, I have been checking out winter storage rates and you are again correct that most of the marinas offering low rates are rundown dumps, or if they are not rundown, they only want powerboats or do not know how to haul and block sailboats – some of the marina operators are down-right hostile and call us “blow-boaters” or worse !

So, it looks like Old Bay Marina, at the entrance to the Patapsco, still comes in this season with a reasonable haul-out package of $25.00 per foot for Fall haul-out, bottom wash, block, stands, and the spring launch.

There is a price war for winter haul-outs going on from the Magothy north to Middle River to downtown Baltimore, offering package deals on hauling and bottom painting, but Old Bay always seems to beat them by several hundred dollars and they are a sailboat marina, and do take a lot of time blocking your boat. Brian, the marina operator, even makes me go into my cockpit and pour water into it at blocking time, to make sure the cockpit drains well so he will not get a call from me in January that the boat is blocked at the wrong pitch! If I block my boat on its in-water waterline, it will not drain well while on land? – so we always pour water into the cockpit and fine tune the pitch/angle so snow and rainwater drains well.

As a nice incentive, they also let use their wholesale marine trade accounts so you can buy marina supplies at their wholesale rate, while the other marinas must mark-up some just to pay the clerk in the marina store. I have saved hundreds of dollars on my boat shopping trips by using their wholesale account.

Like most marina operators, Brian the owner - can be cantankerous, but in the end he will save you money, do a good job hauling out your boat, and will try his best to solve any questions you have about your boat or engine and share a microbrew with you. All marina operators are an odd lot – then again –so are us sailors, and I would not have it any different!

Dr. George Janssen C&C 35 "Nordic Nights"
docked at Old Bay Marina outside of Baltimore, MD

Last edited by Janssen; 10-05-2010 at 12:52 PM.
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