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I'm a new sailor in the Boston/Dorchester area looking to get into the lifestyle but there's a few obstacles I have to get through to actually get on the water. I have a 25' sailboat that I am looking to moor maybe in Dorchester/Quincy Bay and I was wondering about the process of getting a mooring/ the chances of actually getting one. I shot an email to the Harbour master with no response.
Although I have looked at the Yacht Club options, I just want to enjoy the water without needing to spend money on a membership I would not really use. So I guess my main question is, is it realistic to go through the process of applying for a mooring and actually getting one for this year's boat season?

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Hi all!
I'm a new sailor in the Boston/Dorchester area looking to get into the lifestyle but there's a few obstacles I have to get through to actually get on the water. I have a 25' sailboat that I am looking to moor maybe in Dorchester/Quincy Bay and I was wondering about the process of getting a mooring/ the chances of actually getting one. I shot an email to the Harbour master with no response.
Although I have looked at the Yacht Club options, I just want to enjoy the water without needing to spend money on a membership I would not really use. So I guess my main question is, is it realistic to go through the process of applying for a mooring and actually getting one for this year's boat season?

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Mooring asignments go yhru the local harbormaster and most harbors have long waiting lists. When you get a mooring spot, you usually join a club to get launch service to your mooring. Otherwise you need dock space for a dingy tie-up, good luck with that.

Wollaston YC is usually open to same season new members. You might be able to find a used mooring to buy.

A place like Sunset Marina in Hull might have a rental with launch service.

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Or try the Savin Hill Yacht Club. They have a great Firebird fleet too if you want to give racing a shot.
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Or try the Savin Hill Yacht Club. They have a great Firebird fleet too if you want to give racing a shot.
He can try but Savin Hill probably has a waiting list, runs 2-5 years.

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If you are interested in paying for a slip, you can try Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in East Boston. It's walkable from Maverick Station on the Blue Line.

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He can try but Savin Hill probably has a waiting list, runs 2-5 years.
Not quite that long. If you get an application in soon the waitlist for the club is until February, and according to a long time member you can usually find a spot for a mooring or buy one from a leaving member. But that doesn't help the OP who was looking for something this year.
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You could try Salem Water Taxi / Hawthorne Cove Marina in Salem, MA.

A bit farther for you but I was able to get a mooring from them very quickly when I bought my boat in 2015; they have several hundred of them.
Salem Water Taxi only provides the mooring and the launch service and is run by Hawthorne Cove Marina (which provides additional marina services and amenities).
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Ask your local harbor master. Not sure what options you have for Dinghy tie-ups in that area. Before you relocate to Salem though, check out Winthrop. Not ideal from Dorchester, but CPYC is accepting membership applications: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CottageParkYachtClub/
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Ask your local harbor master. Not sure what options you have for Dinghy tie-ups in that area. Before you relocate to Salem though, check out Winthrop. Not ideal from Dorchester, but CPYC is accepting membership applications: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CottageParkYachtClub/

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