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slips for retired military

Just wanted to know if they are there, I heard that Naval Air Stations have them??????
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A number of naval facilities have dockage available only to active/retired military at special rates. Try your local facility (NAS or other) if you're looking for local dockage.

I'd bet these guys can give you details:
ANSA - Annapolis Naval Sailing Association
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Military bases go boating | Boat/US Magazine | Find Articles at BNET

Looks like you're good to go, although you may have to prove you have passed a safe boating course.
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There are some good facilites out there, but a lot will depend on your boat. As you can probably guess, sailboats -- particularly deeper draft ones -- are NOT the in the majority within the MWR world. No surprise, but Navy facilities are your best bet.

As an example, while doing the Loop we stayed in only one military marina -- NAS Pensacola -- but they were very accommodating. Many others we simply couldn't either get to or get into. And we're not overly deep, drawing a tad under 6'.
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How do they compare price wise with non military? My boat is 40' and has a 6' draft
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How do they compare price wise with non military? My boat is 40' and has a 6' draft
Rates are a lot better than at civilian facilities, but as I mentioned availability/access will be issues.

Bottom line is to do your research well in advance. First, see if it is physically possible to get your boat to and into the marina. Second, call ahead to confirm if they will have space for you.
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I am retired Military and am waiting for a slip at either of the two Navy marinas located here in san Diego. Understand that the Military marinas are run by the local commands Morale Welfare and Recreation department (MWR). If you think a particular military base would have a marina, you can go to the website of that command and link to the MWR or recreation facilities available. Secondly, remember that the marinas are there PRIMARLY as a benefit to Active Duty service members stationed in the area. They are a priority one when it comes to waitlists or preferences. For example I am retired and reside in the San Diego area... I am a priority two on the slip waitlist. If I lived in Arizona (for example) I would be a priority three. As a priority two I have been waiting for a 35 foot slip now for over two years. It's worth the wait since the slip fees are half of the cheapest commercial rate in the area... plus you Can't beat the security

I have posted the link to San Diego's MWR today for the marinas as an example.

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