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View Poll Results: Please choose your top three criteria
Atmosphere/ Commradiere 31 57.41%
Price- overall 44 81.48%
Amenities- Pool, Bathouse 14 25.93%
Embedded in nature or in a small/ large city environement 2 3.70%
Private dock 4 7.41%
Working vs non working yard 13 24.07%
Size- Under 125 4 7.41%
Size- Over 125 0 0%
Proximity to sailing 38 70.37%
Kid friendly 4 7.41%
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Our biggest considerations are cost, proximity to home and setting. Since we have a condo in the middle of DC, we like to think of the marina as our “yard.” We have an annual crawfish boil for friends and my wife likes to grab a drink with friends in the shade after a sail while I stay on board to do the post-sail cleanup. From that regard, we prefer a non-working marina. Grass is a lot better setting than a parking lot full of rocks.

I'll lump the surrounding area into setting, as well. We want a more park / country feel, but I’d still like a decent bar nearby for a drink and grub when I go out after work. Nothing is worse than driving home at 9:00 p.m. on an empty stomach.

Oh, and I could care less about the "resort" amenities. I have a gym membership at home - cranking winches counts as a work out any way, right? And a sauna on the Chesapeake? Please, the last place I would want to go on a 100 degree August afternoon is a sauna (or the gym for that matter).
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'Packie' store, down home(SC) they get called 'RED DOT'. Beer and wine are sold in grocery stores. It's ALL good! (why I said 'all' the OTHER things she/I need!)
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Re: Criteria for choosing a marina/ yacht club

[QUOTE=Alex W;986934]Your list should also have proximity to home. This is my most important factor.[/QUOT]

Agreed. You are only allowed to pick 10 criteria when you set up a poll. Proximity to sailing could cover that.


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One of our biggest considerations which wasn't on the list is "Allows Liveaboards".
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1. As stated as the on going theme, close to home. Which wasn't in the survey!?
2. Cost in comparison to services.
3. Family friendly.
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Wish there were more options available I would have included liveaboards as well as proximity to home. Thanks for including in comments I am noting them.


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It is easy. There first three and in that order too.


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Since we live aboard, "close to home" is exactly the same as "whereever we are." And therefore, one set of criteria would be identical to what you would use when selecting a house - issues like: good commute to work, good schools, etc. Then there's the whole city girl/country girl atmosphere. When we both had busy careers, we loved escaping on the weekends to a pretty place surrounded by nature, small town, relaxing and quiet. But to live there full-time would be stifling, so for a full-time liveaboard marina, give me a university town.

The other thing that's not in the poll, but that matters a lot to me, is whether the place is well-run, well-maintained.

My top 3, as was stated earlier in the thread, are location, location, location: proximity to sailing, shelter from hurricanes, good access to shopping, entertainment, and educational opportunities.

Price is pretty far down on the list, because our home marina is where we spend almost every single day.


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Re: Criteria for choosing a marina/ yacht club

I can drive from my house to the boat in about 10 minutes. The price is right, there's a restroom, that's about it. I'm 20 yards from the sailing.

I used to belong to a marina with concrete decks, store, 3 restrooms all equipped with showers, washers/dryers, heatlamps, etc., but the drive was too far.

Now, I can wake up on the boat, use the facilities and be home within 20 minutes. That's important to me.

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