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Re: How do you rate your marina/mooring ?

Up here a marina will run CDN$70-80/ft for the 6-month season, and most have ridiculous waiting lists. This will be my first season with the boat and I am still looking.
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Re: How do you rate your marina/mooring ?

I've used two marinas or "dockage facilities".
I rate them both 10 on a scale of 1-10.

My little community dock has lights, power, fresh water and a dockmaster who maintains it all. He drops ice-eaters in the water when the cove starts to ice over. I can walk to my boat, so maintenance is a breeze.
My annual cost is $575 for a slip.

The other marina, where I lived aboard for a short time was also exceptional.
My slip contract was a handshake with the owner.
The rates were incredibly low.
Wi-fi, fresh water, 30 amp shore power.
Club house for the liveaboards.
Laundry facilities.
Responsive maintenance man.
Gorgeous scenery, excellent neighbors.

Both were in a hurricane hole that is also a mere 10 minute motor to the "hoist sails" point. Maybe 30-45 minutes to the actual Chesapeake Bay.

I got no complaints.
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Re: How do you rate your marina/mooring ?

It appears I'm very fortunate. I tie up at a small (12 spaces) private Landing that is inside a larger Marina. $1200 annual, whether I'm in or out. I'm at the end of the 80' floating dock, next to the seawall separating the covered big-boat shedfrom ours, just 5' off the fairway/channel . Water (hose) and power (ext cord) from the deck. 5 minutes motor past the A dock, fuel dock and Jackson's marina from bigger water on the NE river/top o'the Bay.
We share facilities from the bigger marina. Nice showers and toilet façilities; small chandlery and pump-out/fuel dock and ice avail. at decent rates. My side of the landing (floater) lands on a projecting deck that foots at a permanent residence. Good security! and very friendly atmosphere.
I had to move for the Winter due to an extreme low tide leaning me over and breaking the (old) dock. Come Spring, I'll anchor out untill it gets fixed.
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Re: How do you rate your marina/mooring ?

Interesting thread.

We have two moorings. One in Seal Harbor on Mt. Desert Island and the other one on the Cathance River in Bowdoinham. Both in Maine. We keep boats at each location. Our I-28 in Seal Harbor and our Marshall cat boat in Bowdoinham. The town of Mt. Desert (you can pronounce it either as food or a dry expanse) includes SH so the town docks in Mt. Desert are also available. Free dinghy dock, restrooms, showers, laundromat and free Bus service during the summer that travels all over the island. We double up on the Cathance mooring when we sail the I-28 down the coast. There are years when we switch the boats.

The SH mooring has a public dinghy dock (limited to 16' boats), a maintenance dock, two 2 hour tie up docks that can handle a couple of 50 footers, a breasting pier, a gin pole and parking. Clean restrooms that are handicap accessible, a dumpster and free wifi. Fresh water at all docks. All free! I pay $50.00 / year for my mooring location rental (resident). Non residents pay $80.00. There is a 3 year waiting list for a 200 series mooring (20' to 30'). I own the stone and the tackle. We are right at open water there. No river to travel out of. We usually sail off and onto the mooring. The SH Yacht Club is adjacent to the town docks. We maintain our porch membership at the yacht club for the kitchen, showers and friends. I leave my oars in the dinghy, gas in the motor's gas can, bailer, sponge and pfd. I am thinking of adding a "portable battery box with bilge pump. Several boats keep that set up in place. It is a 10 minute walk down the hill from our SH house. Lots of friendly lobster fishermen / women there at dawn every morning.

The Bowdoinham mooring cost me $80.00 / year (non-resident). I own the mooring gear there, too. There is a small marina on the river and they keep an eye on everyone's boats. Great folks. We rent smelt shacks from them in the winter to fish for smelts. A free dinghy dock, dumpster and a boat launch for trailers. Bathrooms, a park with gazebo and band stand and lots of parking. A great little restaurant that makes wonderful sandwiches to take along and a gas station a couple of hundred yards down the road. This is a great hurricane hole. It is up the Cathance River about a mile. 12' of draft at low tide and virtually a fw mooring. Strong tidal / river current. No growth but slime. I haven't repainted the bottom paint for 10 years on the catboat. I just wash it when I haul. No access to power on the docks at either location.

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Re: How do you rate your marina/mooring ?

You guys are killing me...

My marina is in Rhode Island;
The good:
  • very well protected from storms
  • about 10 minutes from the highway (so that I can be at the boat in under 50 min. from home).
  • offers a pool (which I have never used)
  • has floating docks which are in excellent condition
  • water at the slip
  • fuel dock and free pumpout
  • they have a small ships store, and canvas shop onsite.
  • offer full marina services (engine/electrical/mechanical/paint/etc.)
  • right next to a park and bike path
I believe that there are a few other members of SailNet that keep their boats with mine...

The not so good:
  • They charge me for a 35' finger pier, when the pier is actually 32' long, 33' if I count the piling at the end. As a result, my stern sticks out about 2' into the fairway.
  • You need a car to get to anything (shopping, restaurants)
  • At one point, they assessed a charge of $500 for keeping a dinghy alongside. Looking at the current contract it seems that they no longer allow dinghys to be left tied to the mother ship.
  • The guy with whom I shared a finger pier last season kept leaving his crap on the finger pier (cleaning buckets, and in September, his dinghy) blocking my access to my boat. I eventually complained about this to the staff.

The cost for my 35' boat:
  • $3850 for the season (April to December)
  • Electricity is billed based on use (runs me about $10/season)
  • Storage (October to May) costs me about $1200
  • Shrinkwrap is another $1000 (they do not allow anyone but their staff to shrinkwrap)
Based on my reading in other threads, some owners tip the staff in addition to the above, for safely launching their boats in the spring...

I would gladly trade for a mooring, but I would still have to worry about winter storage, and they are few and far in Rhode Island.
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Re: How do you rate your marina/mooring ?

I'm in Shilshole, the biggest marina in Seattle and probably one of the bigger in the NW with around 1,300 slips (but still a lot smaller than Everett, which has 2300 slips).

It's very clean, I like my neighbors, I like that most boats get regular use and that there is an active racing program out of the marina. It is about 15-20 minutes by car, or 40ish by bike. There is great sailing less than 5 minutes from my dock, there is really only enough time behind the breakwater for me to put my lines and fenders away. There is a good fuel dock and two pumpout stations onboard, bathrooms/showers a quick walk from my slip, and good staff who are generally responsive. There is a West Marine next door, though I wish it were Fisheries Supply (15 minutes away by car, 25 by bike) instead.

I pay $320ish per month for moorage + dinghy storage + electricity + taxes for a 30' slip. That's about $10/foot, which seems pretty average. I wish it were cheaper (I previously paid $175/mo on Lake Union for a 28' slip), but I'm still happy.

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My marina in Everett, WA (largest on the west coast we're told) is also the least expensive in Puget Sound, very well maintained, good staff, super clean shore facilities, with fine dining and all the marine stores (retail and services) you could ever want all around. Now, that being said, I'm sure there are folks there that will dissagree with me.
I personally find the Everett Marina to be a depressing place to be. I've looked at a lot of boats up there when shopping. Being the cheapest around means that it has a lot of forgotten boats, and it depresses me to see once nice boats turning into green mounds of moss. There are a couple of similar price marinas on Lake Union (not Puget Sound), but the boats seem to get more active use.
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Curious why anyone cares what other people's boats in the marina look like.

That is so far down on my list if things that matter, it hardly even registers.

Actually, I prefer people who ignore their boats all season. It means the marina is more quiet and private for us when we stay on board. Not that that's a real big issue when we're 1 of about 15 boats in a spread out mooring field. But still, when we stay on transient moorings or docks that are very busy, it is much less enjoyable for us.

Definitely no desire to be in one of the larger RV parks... er... marinas in our area.


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Re: How do you rate your marina/mooring ?

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Curious why anyone cares what other people's boats in the marina look like.

That is so far down on my list if things that matter, it hardly even registers.
I don't care as much what they look like, I want them to be used.

I don't live aboard. I want my marina to have some regular activity because my impression is that it keeps theft and vandalism down. Boats are the farthest thing from secure, so a good marina community is probably the best form of security available.

Having regular activity also means that I learn from, share tools with, and otherwise make more friends in the local sailing community. Those are all good things.
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Re: How do you rate your marina/mooring ?

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Curious why anyone cares what other people's boats in the marina look like.

That is so far down on my list if things that matter, it hardly even registers.

Actually, I prefer people who ignore their boats all season. It means the marina is more quiet and private for us when we stay on board. Not that that's a real big issue when we're 1 of about 15 boats in a spread out mooring field. But still, when we stay on transient moorings or docks that are very busy, it is much less enjoyable for us.

Definitely no desire to be in one of the larger RV parks... er... marinas in our area.
We care because if we visit a marina that has a large amount of boats that are kept up, then what is going to happen to those boats when a storm hits? Who is maintaining the boats at the dock? Boats that are ignored then to have problems with dock lines and fire hazards due to bad electrical connections.

EDIT: I guess this also depends on where you are at.
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We care because if we visit a marina that has a large amount of boats that are kept up, then what is going to happen to those boats when a storm hits? Who is maintaining the boats at the dock? Boats that are ignored then to have problems with dock lines and fire hazards due to bad electrical connections.

EDIT: I guess this also depends on where you are at.
I was mostly referring to an aesthetics only standpoint. Seems like some in this thread place an emphasis on the looks of other boats in their marina, as if it is displeasing to look at another boat that is dirty or has bird poop on it, or whatever. Obviously, when another boat poses a danger to yours, then it is an issue.
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