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Re: Winter Storage - City Island or Port Washington?
Welcome to the wonderful world of boat ownership. I'll bet you thought that buying the boat was going to be the 'big' expense. As it turns out, not so much, it is the annual winter and summer fees that add up quick.
Yes, that is quite a price per foot difference between MBYC and Minnefords on CI. The price difference may not be the whole picture though. More and more boat yards do not allow (read: like) you to paint your own bottom so they will charge you for that. Some yards allow very little DIY work or outside contractors (without a cut for themselves). So it is incumbent on you to figure out what MBYC and Minnefords will allow you to do, or not, and factor that into the price.
Winter storage is expensive. It can be less expensive the farther you go from NYC though. There are places up the Hudson (Stony Point has a boat yard) and places farther out on LI (Port Jeff, Mt. Sinai) and places farther up the CT coast (if that is where you are).
The absolute, most cheapest way to keep a boat is to join a 'working' boat club like the Hempstead Harbor Club (not a Yacht club). It is a club where the members must work a certain amount of time above and beyond their dues. Their winter storage and summer rates are usually much cheaper then what you would pay at most boat yards, marinas or yacht cubs. There are not many of these types of clubs around though.
Here are some theoretical numbers: if it cost you $2K or less per year for summer AND winter storage at a club it would end up costing you about $10K over 5 years (plus membership fees for each year).
If it cost you $3K per year for summer PLUS another $2K for winter storage somewhere you would be paying about $25K over 5 years.
The difference equals a lot of boat bucks.
Regarding rocks around City Island. Yup, they are on the charts. Most of them anyway. The CT shoreline of the LI Sound is generally more rocky then the LI shoreline. Have you found the Steppingstone Rocks yet? I sailed right over them once and all that happened was we got an air horn from someone at the King's Point Academy. My boat only draws 3'6" with the center board up and it must have been high tide.
Welcome to the wonderful world of boat ownership.
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