Originally Posted by Keyne
Planning on using a mooring (probably cant afford or get a slip with the waiting lists around boston). I live in the city and dont have a place to put a boat or a car/truck to tow it.
Your target list of boats are mostly older designs not noted for sailing performance, if you want a slowboat that's fine, but for $10K you can easily get into better builds/newer designs from Cal, Catalina, or C&C which will give you a good deal more zip in your sailing - depends on you learning what you actually want.
As to moorings, SD has it right that any mooring area with public access will have lengthy waiting lists, towns like Scituate, Marblehead, Wintrhop may have waits of 5-10 years for a smaller boat. It still a good idea to stop by and put your name in, getting on the lists are free, you don't need to be a resident, and its amazing how the time flys.
The best way to quickly get a mooring is to join one of the lower-key yacht clubs which may not have waiting lists. Basically for the cost of club membership, you get launch access to a mooring spot which otherwise would not be useable, as there's no public dingy/launch access. You would need to buy a mooring, often members moving up will have one for sale. The expense adds up, welcome to sailing...Suspects to check include Cottage Park, Savin Hill, South Boston, work throught the list, skip the big nameclubs: http://www.bostonboating.com/yacht.htm
. You would need to find a member to sponsor you...but these are casual places...probably find one on Sailnet...
PS You might also join this Yahoo Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MassBaySailors/
PPS There are a few places where you can find seasonal rental moorings, check sites like http://www.harbormasters.org/salem/moorings.shtml