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Bought the boat! Location questions NJ/MD/NY

Yep, so I went and did it, bought the boat and we are totally psyched.
Going in the water in a couple of weeks from Riverside , NJ where we will get used to her - Jeanneau 44 DS. I can't imagine sailing is so great in that part of the Delaware River but I will soon find out.

We live in Central NJ and are debating marina locations that aren't too crazy far away. I realize this season may be short for us, but next year we will have more time. We are considering Rock Hall, MD, although neither of us like really hot weather. Also considering Atlantic Highlands, NJ, Mamaroneck , NY as well as further up the Coast of CT. Ultimately, we want to be up in Stonington ,CT or Westerly,RI for easy shots at the New England Islands. One point of note is our experience level is admittedly novice and we don't want to be in super crowded conditions as we are still learning - and yes, we will be hiring a skipper initially for a few trips to teach us some finer points.

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Re: Bought the boat! Location questions NJ/MD/NY

Just an 'out of the box' thought here........ why not berth the boat in a close marina the remainder of this season, rent a slip in a Rock Hall marina next season and rent a slip in a New York marina the following season. Choosing a marina is not like marriage.(oops)
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Re: Bought the boat! Location questions NJ/MD/NY

Atlantic highlands is a great spot for you. Close to central jersey with great sailing right on Raritan Bay, easy access to harbor, Hudson, LI sound, Fire Island. Also have the bonus of all new docks post Sandy and a large active community of cruisers/racers
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Re: Bought the boat! Location questions NJ/MD/NY

Congrats,

the Delaware is not ideal unless you are only doing day sails..

Remember Rock Hall and Chesapeake are hot for only two months and the sailing season is considerably longer than the areas you mentioned. We start in mid March and end the end of Noovember/ mid December. Many more days to sail plus Bay conditions also allow more sailing days than the Ocean. Great places to visit also

We also travel to the areas in RI every year in August as its two days to Cape May then up the coast.

The Chessie also has many anchorages around every bend. Great place to learn before tackling coastal cruising. The extra 45 minutes drive is worth it, plus the traffic isn't bad.





QUOTE=rocdoc22;1051630]Yep, so I went and did it, bought the boat and we are totally psyched.
Going in the water in a couple of weeks from Riverside , NJ where we will get used to her - Jeanneau 44 DS. I can't imagine sailing is so great in that part of the Delaware River but I will soon find out.

We live in Central NJ and are debating marina locations that aren't too crazy far away. I realize this season may be short for us, but next year we will have more time. We are considering Rock Hall, MD, although neither of us like really hot weather. Also considering Atlantic Highlands, NJ, Mamaroneck , NY as well as further up the Coast of CT. Ultimately, we want to be up in Stonington ,CT or Westerly,RI for easy shots at the New England Islands. One point of note is our experience level is admittedly novice and we don't want to be in super crowded conditions as we are still learning - and yes, we will be hiring a skipper initially for a few trips to teach us some finer points.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.[/QUOTE]
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Re: Bought the boat! Location questions NJ/MD/NY

If you are in Central New Jersey, forget keeping the boat east of the Hudson. The traffic will drive you crazy. Northern Chesapeake or Atlantic Highlands are both good options. Barnegat Bay is also an option, but draft is an issue. Not sure what you boat draws, but suspect its enough to make a lot of BB off limits.
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Re: Bought the boat! Location questions NJ/MD/NY

First congrats on buying a very nice boat. We saw her at Annapolis and thought there was a lot to like about her. IIR she draws about five feet so you'll have to watch the tides when going in and out the channel at Riverside.

Here are a couple of things we factored in when looking at where to put our boat.

How will you use her? Strictly day sails or are you planning to stay aboard on weekends. Since this is a pretty comfortable boat I'll assume you plan to stay aboard.

Drive time. A two or even three hour drive may not seem so bad the first time you do it, but if you're leaving every Friday after work when you're tired and driving home every Sunday night tired from a day on the water the drive will get old. If you pick a location within your drive "comfort zone" you'll use the boat more often. That comfort zone varies by family.

The sailing area. You're new sailors so bay sailing may be less intimidating initially than ocean sailing. It also helps if there are destinations you can sail to whether it be sailing out to a lighthouse and back or sailing to a dock and dine restaurant. Are there good anchorages within a couple of hour sail where you can drop a hook for lunch and a swim or stay overnight.

The marina. Does it have the facilities you want? Is it mostly power or sail? Is it a laid back friendly place or is it a party until 3AM every weekend? Is it buggy? Will you only be able to get in and out at high tide (like Riverside). I like to visit on a Saturday morning and walk the docks. Talk to people and tell them you're interested in coming there. Talk to a few people and you'll have a feel for the place. Bring your spouse on these trips.

What's around the marina. Are there restaurants within walking distance? A grocery store? A marine store? An old fashioned hardware store? If you have kids are there things for them to do?

And as Seaduction said you're not married to a marina. The good news is if you decide you don't like it you can cast off the lines and sail somewhere else.

Best of luck with your new boat
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Re: Bought the boat! Location questions NJ/MD/NY

Chessy shoulder seasons are nice, but the height of the summer, when most want to be out sailing are pretty tough. If you already know you don't like heat, that may be all you need to know.

LIS is probably the next best choice, as there are so many options. While the Sound can get as nasty as any large body of water, it will generally be better than open ocean.

The only downside is having to get to your boat over a bridge or tunnel. Having grown up in the NYC area, that gives me shivers.
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Re: Bought the boat! Location questions NJ/MD/NY

What's the status of the Atlantic Highland Docks? Are they completed yet?

Mooring Balls usually have a wait list ..did you get a call for an available spot?
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Re: Bought the boat! Location questions NJ/MD/NY

Despite what JimsCAL says above about crossing the Hudson, I've found that New York's City Island and New Rochelle and Larchmont/Mamaroneck draw a lot of New Jersey sailors who enjoy the (relatively sheltered) deep water of Long Island Sound and easy access to New England's many gunkholes.
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Congrats on the Boat! Do you have a slip at Riverside until your ready to relocate? Don't know your draft but it's touchy getting out to the river unless your at high tide. The river is big enough for you have some sailing fun and learn the boat.

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