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Waterfront Sailing Dinghy Storage

This question is directed primarily at Massachusetts sailors (around the North Shore).

As a dinghy sailor, my sailing routine goes something like this: with the dinghy on a trailer haul the boat from home to a launch site, put the boat in the water, spend the day sailing, retrieve the boat back on to the trailer, and transport home.

What I'm looking for is a waterfront dinghy storage option that would allow me to avoid the back-and-forth transportation of the boat. It would be a real luxury to have the sailing dinghy stored at a sailing site for quick and easy access.

What are my options?

I am open to the whole array of sailing locations - I enjoy pond and lake sailing, river sailing, harbor sailing, sailing off the beach, etc. So, getting easy sailing access to a particular sailing location is not the issue. The issue is trying to figure out exactly what my options are for waterfront storage anywhere.

I know that marinas offer dinghy storage, but it seems limited to those who have a sailboat moored at the marina and need a dinghy to row or motor out to their mooring. I don't know if any marinas would be willing to give a little bit of dock or shoreline space to a sailing dinghy. Thoughts?

Do you think there is a realistic way to reach out to waterfront property owners to see if an arrangement could be made for me to store my dinghy at the waters edge for easy access? Have any of you ever heard of such an arrangement?

It's great being a trailer sailor, but I would love to do less trailing and more sailing. I appreciate all of your thoughts.
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you can dry sail (keep your boat rigged and on the trailer) at some marinas' for a good low rate instead of a slip.
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What kind of boat? I sailed hobie's for decades and I know what you mean about set-up and take down time and ease. Of course the hobie you can just leave on the beach, especially overnight or short periods of time.
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Two local sailing clubs here allow members to leave trailered boats on site. I would think there are clubs or marinas in your area that do the same.
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