Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Three Mile Harbor, East Hampton, NY
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Bought the boat! Location questions NJ/MD/NY
On one of our first boats we moved to about 1 1/2 hours away, and found that to be a real pain for daysailing. We were at a mooring, and when we added 3 hours travel to 30 minutes dinghy to 45 minutes setting up the boat and cleanup, it meant that we were away from home for 4 hours plus without any sailing! Your boat is good size, so if you are weekending or more, it is much less of an issue. If the latter, I would tend towards one of the places on the Western LI Sound. Depending on how far south in NJ, I would aim for a place easily reached from 287 and the Tappan Zee, rather than the Cross Bronx, which is a traffic nightmare. Good spots with lots of NJ owners range from Mamaroneck, Rye up to Greenwich and Stamford. Of course the Chesapeake is great sailing, depending on the trip, though the summer can be brutal.