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BOSTON for two weeks

I am excited to visit BOSTON and was curious if anyone could advise a great place to visit regarding sailboats or food.
Would love to help crew for a day sail Saturday or Sunday Sept. 24/25
We sail a Paceship PY26, ASA charter qualified.
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Sad to say there is not much of a sailing life in Boston, the City has completely forgotten and lost its maritime heritage. Be sure to visit the USS Constitution Old Ironsides: USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown, Massachusetts and that's about it for sailing.

Fortunately, the towns of Marblehead Marblehead MA - Official Website and Salem Salem Massachusetts - The Comprehensive Salem Guide are only 30 mintues to the north, and the city of Newport RI GoNewport | Official Site for Newport, Rhode Island | NCCVB only an hour to the south. Sign up for a ride on a vintage 12 meter AC boat Newport, RI Sunset Sail Cruise - 12 Meter Charters . Buy a full set of boating gear at www.team1newport.com. If you get to Newport be sure include the Portsmouth area New England Boatworks Builders of advanced composite sailing and power yachts.

Go another hour and you can get to Mystic CT for the Museum Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea™ : Home.

All of the above are well worth the trip for a sailor...but Boston..sigh not so much.
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Boston Sailing

There is a community sailing program on the Charles River. Check with them
they may be able to help you.
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Boston has great places to eat. Here are a few at which I have had the privilege to dine:
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For the top two, you may want to be with someone who is picking up the tab.

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Boston has great places to eat. Here are a few at which I have had the privilege to dine:
Enjoy

For the top two, you may want to be with someone who is picking up the tab.

Rik
FWIW Boston has a new dining/drinking destination in the developing seaport area, Liberty Wharf Liberty Wharf has four restaurants, and the unique characteristic for having boat slip spots for boaters to tie up for dining visits...
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I'll second Salem for a sailing destination. If you are at all interested in traditional sailing and maritime history this is a great place. You can get a ride on the Fame (War of 1812 privateer replica), take a tour of the Friendship (replica of an east inidaman from the late 1800's) if she is still in port, the Salem maritime museum and the Peabody Essex Museum. There are no shortage of great places to eat for a variety of cuisines. You can take the commuter rail from North Station in Boston and be there about 30 minutes. Then you can walk from the train station to any of the interesting areas.

I lived there about 10 years ago and went back for a few days this summer. Just like I remember it but a little bit nicer.
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We spent last weekend in Boston. We drove down from Maine and stayed in Qiincy. The lodging costs are half of Bostons. We had a nice room on the water. The MBTA runs a very good commuter ferry service and lets you out at long Wharf. Parking is $3.00/day! Lunch at Joe's for good food on the dock. Many good restaurants. North End if you are feeling like an Italian feast. Another ferry to see The USS Constitution. There are numerous day cruises and commuter boats that will get you on the water. You can catch a boat to Privincetown. You can get out on the water easily and cheaply. We watched the boats sailing as we relaxed on the upper decks of the ferries we used. Not the best place for a relaxing sail. Very busy and confused. It was nice to be on the water for a couple of days and not being skipper. You can enjoy being on the water in Boston without a sailboat.

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You can go stop by the Boston Harbor Sailing Club and see if anyone is in need of crew
www.bostonharborsailing.com

They also have rentals.

Community Boating on the Charles is fun, but you will have trouble with a one-off boat rental if you aren't already a member (but it is cheap).
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The Boston Sailing Center (Boston Sailing Center: Sailing School, Sailing Club - Lessons, Memberships, Racing, Cruising, Charters, Instruction) is another place that you could swing by and ask if anyone is in need of crew.

BHSC leaves (or left) from the wharf in front of the Rowes Wharf Ferry Terminal (where you buy tickets for the boats). You'll see a launch come and go back and forth from the sailboats moored in the harbor. You could hang out there and ask people if they need crew.

BSC leaves from the Riverboat (!?!) tied up at Lewis Wharf.
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Gloucester

You could always take a 45 minute trip out to Gloucester for a ride on a schooner... A Sail in Gloucester - Schooner Thomas E. Lannon The area is very scenic, especially from the water.

We've seen her a few times on vacation while out in the harbor on a Rhodes 19.
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