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Recommend a Marina? need a slip NY, LIS, NJ area

Hi,

I'm looking for a marina to keep my new 30 footer in the New York area, can anyone recommend anything?

Currently she is in Stratford CT which is a 2 hour drive for me. I'm looking for anything closer to Long Island City in Queens that would be reasonably priced.

Options I'm looking at are the Brewers in Mamaroneck and Glen cove. Perhaps City Island.

I'm a little spoiled because she's been at Brewers in Stratford and they have really nice facilities. When she was on the hard I was able to get easy access to power, water and there is a West Marine and Home Depot a couple of miles away. These things I've learned are important

Prefer a slip for the rest of this season as it's our first and we are new to sailing.

For the on the hard storage but I would like to be able to do the bottom work myself - apparently Glen Cove does not allow this?

I need to do quite a lot of work during the off season so having the boat closer to me is a bonus.

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Re: Recommend a Marina? need a slip NY, LIS, NJ area

If your not put off by the price i think you will get better wind and less current in Glen Cove

Bottom work is hit and miss as places right next to each other out here have different rules
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Re: Recommend a Marina? need a slip NY, LIS, NJ area

Brewer Capri on Manahasset Bay?

Brewer Capri Marina | Port Washington, NY
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Re: Recommend a Marina? need a slip NY, LIS, NJ area

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Hi,

I'm looking for a marina to keep my new 30 footer in the New York area, can anyone recommend anything?

Currently she is in Stratford CT which is a 2 hour drive for me. I'm looking for anything closer to Long Island City in Queens that would be reasonably priced.

Options I'm looking at are the Brewers in Mamaroneck and Glen cove. Perhaps City Island.

I'm a little spoiled because she's been at Brewers in Stratford and they have really nice facilities. When she was on the hard I was able to get easy access to power, water and there is a West Marine and Home Depot a couple of miles away. These things I've learned are important

Prefer a slip for the rest of this season as it's our first and we are new to sailing.

For the on the hard storage but I would like to be able to do the bottom work myself - apparently Glen Cove does not allow this?

I need to do quite a lot of work during the off season so having the boat closer to me is a bonus.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Recommend a Marina? need a slip NY, LIS, NJ area

pf, there are no easy choices, especially if you want a SLIP this late in the season.

Bayside Marina (slips & moors) or Douglaston Yacht Squadron (no slips) in Little Neck Bay. College Point Yacht Club, with shoal draft and difficult entry through the bulkhead, but winter storage as well.

Over in Nassau, Oyster Bay Marine Center, easy train or car ride, big place, good access to the sound.

South queens, Gateway Marina, opposite Floyd Bennet Field, car and subway/bus access, shoal water for a ways to get out but that's on the Atlantic side.

City Island can be a good idea BUT be warned that car access on weekend rush hours can be impossible, the bridges and highways are a nightmare, and simply trying to drive down city island on a weekend near dinnertime can try your patience. A lot of nice folks at a lot of clubs, but you will need patience or the ability to travel at off hours.

Mamaroneck, New Rochelle...not so far past City Island, certainly worth looking into as well. Do take a good look at the commutes, as much as the docks.
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Re: Recommend a Marina? need a slip NY, LIS, NJ area

I grew up near Glen Cove and am familiar with the Brewer's yard there. DIY work is likely discouraged at most Brewer's yards. One drawback to Glen Cove is that the West Marine store is in Port Washington. There are auto parts and hardware stores in GC but no WM which is a good 45 minutes round trip by car to PW.
Port Washington might be a better bet for you as the WM store is close by. I am pretty sure you can do your winter haul out at Manhasset Bay Yacht Club and paint your own bottom (don't hold me to that). I also gather that MBYC is a tad cheaper then Brewer's for most things. Pretty sure that MBYC is moorings only though so if you want a slip then Brewer's might be the place to go.
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Re: Recommend a Marina? need a slip NY, LIS, NJ area

Hi,

Thanks for the suggestions. Spoke with Brewers in Port Washington, $25 per ftper month for a 30 footer.

Going to check into the other places for comparison and swing by to take a look. The boat is a 5'7" draft so it probably precludes some of the options.

Docking at Stratford has been a harrowing experience to say the least, with the tides and all. We performed our first solo dock last week and it was controlled chaos. Nobody was hurt and nobody else's boat was hurt so that's the main thing. We did get a little boo boo on the nose though.

I like the sound of Manhasset Bay Yacht Club and will check them out. Sounds like a good place to either get a mooring and haul for winter also.

My plan was to have a for the rest of the season as we are so new to this, it would just seem easier.

Hmmmm now how on earth and I going to sail this thing from Stratford to P. Washington...

Lot to learn.

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If you wind up at a YC, the dockmaster or someone should be able to quickly find you some eager delivery crew. Buy their amtrak tickets, lunch and some beer, and you'll have new friends before you even tie up.
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Re: Recommend a Marina? need a slip NY, LIS, NJ area

Manhasset Bay Yacht Club is a nice place that puts on great races BUT it's a private gold coast club

Invite only

Mooring in Northport or anyplace is MUCH LESS money
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Re: Recommend a Marina? need a slip NY, LIS, NJ area

pfile,

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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