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Re: Recommend a Marina? need a slip NY, LIS, NJ area
I see that Stratford, CT is out by Bridgeport. Yes, it is a bit of a ride, most likely a 2 or 3 day trip but it would be a great learning experience for you to take your boat back to the western LI Sound. One day to Port Jefferson, the next to the western LI Sound with one day reserved for bad weather.
An observation: slips are going to cost you up to $25/ft/month and can be 'fun' getting in and out of, especially if you are not really sure of what you are doing. Yes, you likely will have water and shore power right at your boat but is both costly and cumbersome getting in and out securely.
Moorings on the other hand do not offer fresh water or electricity but are much easier to grab or cast off in a haphazard fashion. If your boat is on a mooring and the winds are just right you can even sail off the mooring (or back to it), though I don't advise that until you are more confident. You can still bring your boat in to a fuel dock or pump out station. The best thing about mooring your boat is that it is much cheaper then docking it at a slip. Another nice thing is that it can be nice to just be on the boat while moored having lunch or doing chores.
Another observation: the closer your boat is to you the more you will use it. Stratford, CT is pretty far from Queens, NY.
Tom Mays (Tommays) knows Long Island quite well and is most likely quite right about MBYC. I will add that many clubs are having a hard time given the financial crunch many find themselves in right now. Another SN member (Bene505) kept his Bene 505 at the MBYC yard for a while this past spring and found their prices cheaper than Brewers - anywhere. He also met some MBYC members so an invite could be arranged.
If you are really looking for the most economical way to keep your boat I'll suggest you check out the Hempstead Harbor Club which is in Glen Cove. HHC is a working club, which means as a member you have to put in a minimum number of days (3 - 5?) and pay your dues. Their dues, summer fees and winter storage arrangement will save you a ton of $$$$ over a slip in any marina over a period of years. You would have to buy your own mooring and pay an initiation fee but in the long run your costs would be a lot lower than Brewers. I happen to know a member or two of HHC so an 'invite' could be arranged for there as well.
Another inexpensive place is Steppingstone Marina which is operated by the village of Great Neck. They have no winter storage facility but I think that their rates for the summer are still cheap even for non-residents of Great Neck when compared to other options.
Tom Mays also mentioned Northport harbor. I think it is also worth a serious look/see although it is a bit farther from Queens. Huntington Bay and that part of the Sound make a great sailing area.
Can you tell that I am a cheapskate?
By the way, what brand of 30' sailboat do you own with a 5'7" draft?
Is the engine in good working order? Sails in good shape?
I'd entertain the idea of helping you get your boat back towards the city.
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