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Depending on where you are and what the local options are, you MIGHT find that a local boat club or yacht club has dockage or moorings available for less than where you are. In any case, moorings are usually less expensive than dockage, even private dockage.
I'd suggest that the keys to sailing alone are preparation and anticipation. If you try to think ten minutes ahead...that gives you time to get the fenders out, docklines, reef before you need it...And make a point to run down extra safety factors before you go out. Like leaving a float plan with someone, making sure you have a handheld VHF in the cockpit, and (yes) I'll even stick my cell phone in a ziplock bag in my belt pouch. I wouldn't be the first guy that made a call literally FROM the water.
Something that works on a 26' boat is also a "jib downhaul" if you don't have a roller jib. A light line that runs from the head of the jib, down the forestay, through a pulley and then aft, so you can literally hual the jib or genoa down, singlehanded from the cockpit, if the wind picks up and you don't want to go forward. Leaves a mess of sail on the foredeck--but sometimes that's OK too.