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Insider Information Mooring options - Marblehead Salem Beverly Harbors?
Took a road trip last Sunday to visit Marblehead & surrounds. I'm sorry to admit that I've never been there before - most of my Sailing has been on Buzzard's Bay and nearby Cape & Islands. We drove by most of the clubs and Marinas in the area.
Anyway - based on DrB's "time to sail" metric discussed in an earlier thread, Greater Marblehead is the nearest "sailing" harbor to my house. While we are considering purchasing a boat in the 28-35 foot range, we don't yet own one. Before I buy I'd like some assurance that I will have a place to keep her.
The town of Marblehead is currently advertising 12-15 year wait on the main harbor, but no wait for a mooring on the West Shore (Salem Harbor) the problem there being a lack of land based facilities on that side of the harbor (at least a google search on Yacht Clubs, Marinas or Boat Yards, doesn't turn up anything). Basically looking for a place to park, store a Dinghy & take a shower at a minimum. A facility with fuel, ice, clubhouse etc. would be preferred, but you can always stop at another facility on the way out for a cruise. I'm assuming that pump outs can be accomplished via the harbor master's office.
So after much rambling - what are my options for getting a mooring in Marblehead, Salem or Beverley supported by land based facilities in the near term?