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Western Shore, Middle Bay marina/yard advice

Hi all,

I'm new to the Chesapeake as well as this forum, so appreciate any advice you can provide and look forward to meeting some of you on the water.

I recently moved to the area. My family has a Bristol 41 that I plan to move down from Cape Cod in mid-September in order to enjoy the fall and spring seasons prior to returning the boat home next summer. I've been looking at marinas online (including numerous helpful discussions on this forum) and in person in order to find our boat a suitable home away from home that's at a full service yard on the Western Shore, in the Middle Bay, with decent proximity to Washington. Winterization needs are relatively standard, but nonetheless, reliable, competent, and responsive service is a high priority.

I've narrowed the search down to Herrington Harbor North and Hartge Yacht Harbor and would appreciate any recommendations you can provide for or against one or the other. Both seem to be respected yards and I presume capable of doing routine winterization/dewinterization work, although I am curious what people's experience has been since the management change at Hartge.

At the moment, Hartge is attractive given its scenic, less crowded, and quieter location as well as the included deicing equipment should we choose to store the boat in-water. HHN, about which I've found more online chatter, seems to have an excellent reputation and is a bit cheaper, but is also seems larger and more than we need in terms of the other 'resort' services.

Your thoughts are greatly appreciated.

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Re: Western Shore, Middle Bay marina/yard advice

I don't know if Hartge is an open yard, but HHN is, so you can use any mechanic etc you wish. That and the having the West store on site are big pluses. Downside to HHN is that you get to book a window for your haul and launch in fall and spring, not a day and time.
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Re: Western Shore, Middle Bay marina/yard advice

I keep my boat in the South marina when in the water, roughly first week in March through first of December. Very nice people to deal with, and all the people who work out of the North marina will work on the boat in the south without incurring a travel cost. I have had Hartge come down and do some Raymarine work, but had to pay travel time.
The North marina is where I keep it when out of water, and have used many of the different shops and vendors and have been very pleased with all. The North marina is much bigger, but never felt crowded. Still feels like a community. I have thought about other marina's but never enough to change. I have been a slip holder at South for 4 years and plan on continuing.
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