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Hello,

Hoping for some first hand experience please? The boat we are purchasing (1975 Northern 29) is on the hard at Waupoos Marina in Picton Ontario. Even though it's a good distance from home, it's so beautiful in Eastern Lake Ontario we are considering just staying there.
Not sure if Waupoos Marina is the place, as it's a fair distance from town and my wife would prefer being closer and even within walking distance. There are a few Marinas....Tip of the Bay and Prince Edward Yacht Club that are right in the heart of everything in Picton.
There must be someone here who has had the experience of staying at these Marina's or even a seasonal renter. Please let me know your thoughts?

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Re: Prince Edward County (Lake Ontario)

I have never stayed in the yacht clubs in that area so I can't comment on that. However, I personally prefer sailing Prince Edward Bay over the Bay of Quinte. That may be because I had a boat with a deeper draft (6ft) and I find the Bay of Quinte very crowded. I also like getting out onto the Lake.

I've always sailed out of Kingston and we generally anchored at night - reason why I have no comment on the yacht clubs. Good luck choosing! Either way it's a beautiful area.
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Re: Prince Edward County (Lake Ontario)

I am very biased towards Waupoos - as we always make it a point to stop there. It is an ideal location for lake sailing and access to Main duck, 1,000 islands, Kingston etc. Very friendly place (local guy told me to help myself to his truck if I needed it) and you can swim in the water right at the marina (make sure there are no stray electrical currents). A very interesting place to walk around and look at old boats, cannery stuff etc. and a great little restaurant and cheese place. Am seriously considering moving our boat there (over Cobourg) when we retire down east. Oh and the Waupoos Winery just down the road is great!

Prince Edward we have stayed at and it is friendly and, of course, walking distance to downtown Picton. However, it seems to always be a long way into that bay and it is very narrow and cramped in there. Fairways are narrow as well. It can also be very HOT with no wind (unlike Waupoos) and a lot of algae. It is a bit of a hike down Aldolphus Reach out to the big water of the lake and sailing in the area tends to be very gusty from variable directions (our experience).

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I am very biased towards Waupoos - as we always make it a point to stop there. It is an ideal location for lake sailing and access to Main duck, 1,000 islands, Kingston etc. Very friendly place (local guy told me to help myself to his truck if I needed it) and you can swim in the water right at the marina (make sure there are no stray electrical currents). A very interesting place to walk around and look at old boats, cannery stuff etc. and a great little restaurant and cheese place. Am seriously considering moving our boat there (over Cobourg) when we retire down east. Oh and the Waupoos Winery just down the road is great!
Not to hijack the OP's thread here Nodders, but I'm looking for a winter home in 2014/15 (next winter, not this coming one). We're sailing our 15 ton full-keel cutter from Lake Superior, and plan to haul it for the winter somewhere in Lake Ontario. I'd never heard of Waupoos, but your description makes it sound wonderful. Do you know anything about their winter storage rates? How big is their lift? Etc.
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Not to hijack the OP's thread here Nodders, but I'm looking for a winter home in 2014/15 (next winter, not this coming one). We're sailing our 15 ton full-keel cutter from Lake Superior, and plan to haul it for the winter somewhere in Lake Ontario. I'd never heard of Waupoos, but your description makes it sound wonderful. Do you know anything about their winter storage rates? How big is their lift? Etc.
Can't comment on their rates but I suspect they could be a lot less than other places on the lake. As for size - there was a 50 ft steel pilot house sloop on the hard there last year (that has since been launched is likely down in the bahama's right now), so I suspect if they could move that, they could move your boat!
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Re: Prince Edward County (Lake Ontario)

Thanks for the information. Waupoos is a nice place and the person selling his boat has enjoyed his stay there. Many boaters make it a sure stop while travelling and I've been told it's nice sailing in protected waters, especially for a new sailor.
Maybe it will be our new home.
Here is the website Waupoos Marina|Marinas Picton|Services for Mike O Reilly to contact for rates etc.

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Thanks for the information. Waupoos is a nice place and the person selling his boat has enjoyed his stay there. Many boaters make it a sure stop while travelling and I've been told it's nice sailing in protected waters, especially for a new sailor.
Maybe it will be our new home.
Here is the website Waupoos Marina|Marinas Picton|Services for Mike O Reilly to contact for rates etc.

Cheers,
Thanks Kalina, I've sent them a request for rates, etc. I'll post what I learn.
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