Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
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I'd recommend sticking in the Buzzards Bay area. There are quite a few good marinas that allow DIY. Lots of sources for gear, good marine vendors, etc. New Bedford/Fairhaven harbor is one of the most protected harbors in the world, due to the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier.
RiggingOnly.com is located in Fairhaven, MA. R&W Rope Warehouse is located in New Bedford, MA. This takes care of your running and standing rigging needs.
Several good vendors for other gear in the area, as well as Schaefer, Edson, etc. are all located nearby. Raymarine is located up in NH, not too far from here. Lots of good areas to explore with the boat, once you've gotten it in sailable shape—Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, the Elizabeth Islands, Buzzards Bay, Newport, Block Island, and Cape Cod are all fairly nearby. Boston Harbor, Cape Cod Bay and Massachusetts Bay are just a short trip through the Cape Cod Canal.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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