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I was just told that in the U.S. there are far more boat owners who are seeking slips than there are slips available. Is this true only in big cities, all over the country or is was the problem overstated? Whats the real story?
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at least this is what slip renters would like you to believe.....lol

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The real story is that the US is a huge country with tens of thousands of miles of shoreline. You can''t make generalizations about conditions in America as a whole.

Ask us about the place you want to go and maybe we can help.


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Shortage of slips

How about the SF Bay or San Diego?
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Yes, Actually in all of California the construction of new marina facilities has not kept pace with demand. It is most difficult for slips 50'' and larger. Now for the good news, you can find a slip in most of the larger ports like San Diego, SF, & LA. Attached are websites for a bunch, it''s easier to find in December than July. Many places that are very popular have waiting lists, I''m in Dana Point and got a slip right away in Dec. cause they had 6 open under 30'', now there are zero. Friend has been on waiting list for over 50'' for years and that wait is estimated at 9 years. There are some newer marinas in SD that advertise openings in Chula Vista.
http://www.thelog.com/special/specialview.asp?c=78406
Also this is master list of marina sites:
http://www.thelog.com/special/sectionview.asp?s=209
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Shortage of slips

Southern California is DEFINITELY having a slip shortage! I''m on waiting lists at a dozen marinas (many of them are NOT beautiful high-demand locales).

The hardest boats to place are 40-50''. The reason is this: when they built the marinas many years ago, the most popular boats were 25-35''. So they built lots of 25'' - 35'' slips. Of course, these are scarce too these days, due to the increase in boat ownership.

Making this problem even worse, now 40-50'' boats are currently the most popular (in general size). Slips this size are even harder to find. And yes, 50+'' have a long, long wait.

I''m in a private slip (paying tons $$$) while I wait for a Long Beach city slip. I''ve been on the 40'' list for six months; there are 65 people in front of me on this list (35 people have been added behind me after only six months). The #1 person on the 40'' list (the guy who''ll get his slip next) has been on the list since January 2000. I''m told I might have to wait 6 years.

Wish I had some better news, but he bottom line is, SoCal is hard to find slips.
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S.F. Bay has plenty of marinas, some are full, others are not. There is ready vacancy in SF Bay for any size up to about 65'', costing $5.50-$6.50/foot/month.
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Shortage of slips

In Marblehead habor the wait for a mooring is 156 months give or take a few.

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By the way, going rate in So. Calif. is $9.50 to $11.00 a foot/month.
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Shortage of slips

How about Charleston SC? Does anyone know if there is a shortage of boat slips there? What''s the going rate for purschasing (not renting) around a 40'' slip in Charleston - closest to the downtown area.
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