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Marina Recommendation - Mid-Bay

For the past 2 seasons, I have kept my boat in Cambridge on the Eastern Shore of MD. But I am moving across the bay this year.

I am looking for a marina in the mid-bay: this would include areas south of the Bay Bridge and north of Herrington Harbor. I suppose this area would include the Severn (Annapolis), South, West & Rhode River areas.

What I prefer:

Easy access to the Bay
An active sailing community (social)
A reasonable price ($2500-4500?) for a 30-35' slip
Slips in good condition (at least one full length finger pier would be nice, but not necessary)
Air-con bathhouse / bathrooms
Close proximity (short walk or drive) to restaurants/bars/etc
Wireless internet (paid or free)

Being a single 30-something guy, I don't need a family-oriented marina or a pool, etc...but I am not opposed to it either. I'd like to be around people close to my age...and perhaps make a few new friends.

In a perfect world, I'd throw down for a $5k+ slip in Annpolis...but I am not sure if I can afford being in Annapolis, at least this season.

Your recommendations, thoughts and rants are most welcome.

Jason
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Look at it like monopoly ( the game )
1. Severn- Board Walk and Park Place $5k ++++
2. South- Marvin Gardens ( yellows) sounds like what you want. $3-4k
3. Rhode- Light blues not very social a working river $2k
4. West- Reds very nice but not very close to Annapolis. $3-4K

Sounds like you should keep your eye on West or South rivers.
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Sounds like you should keep your eye on West or South rivers.
OK, can anyone help me with a list of marinas in these 2 areas? Especially on the South River.

I have already looked at Hartge's (Yacht Harbor, the old place under new mgmt).
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You basically described Herrington Harbour South, all the below and more...

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Easy access to the Bay straight out to the bay, sails up in less than 10 minutes
An active sailing community (social) Very active community
A reasonable price ($2500-4500?) for a 30-35' slip will be at the high end of the $4500, but worth it
Slips in good condition (at least one full length finger pier would be nice, but not necessary) Most docks are less than 7 years old, ours was replaced in '07
Air-con bathhouse / bathrooms Both bath houses and private bath's, professionally cleaned multiple time a day
Close proximity (short walk or drive) to restaurants/bars/etc Mango's at the Marina, Chesapeake Beach is 3 miles away
Wireless internet (paid or free) Free
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You basically described Herrington Harbour South, all the below and more...
Yep, it is on my list and I have been there as a transient before. Thanks for the recommendation. Is there an active sailing club? How long have you been a resident there, and where do you drive in from? I will be in the DC area and looking to minimize commute times to the boat on the weekends.
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There is the Herrington Harbour Sailing Association, http://www.hhsa.org/ for racing and cruising, but with just the folks on and around our dock there is always something going on every weekend (even off season).

Not to mention all the slip holder events the marina puts on (4th July, pool parties, Luau's, beach parties, crab feasts - all with free beer!)


I live in the Tysons Corner area and it's a 50 minute drive to the boat.
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You could check out all the marinas using ActiveCaptain - The Interactive Cruising Guidebook - Marina Reviews, Fuel Prices, Anchorages and its free.

Clicking on "details" it often gives you a web link and/or phone #

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Out of your stated price range for now, but we're loving living aboard in Annapolis - Port Annapolis Header - good liveaboard community and easy access to the Bay for sailing. Amenties like a gym & cafe for breakfast/lunch. Keep it in mind for future years when you're ready to go $5-6K.
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