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Old 03-20-2010   #1
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Looking for a YC with moorings near Boston

With apologies to those who've already seen my post on the MassBaySailors Yahoo group...

I'm planning on buying a 31'-35' shoal-draft sailboat this summer and am looking for recommendations for Yacht Clubs near Boston with moorings available nearby. I've already heard from Winthrop and Cottage Park. Thanks.
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Selkie60,

Have you checked with the Boston Harbor Sailing Club? We hung on one of their transient moorings in the summer of '07. Great location! If you need their contact info let me know and I'll dig it out of the log book.
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You can pick a club of choice out of the list:
PHRF New England - Links - PHRF New England

Remember, a factor in choice should be not just how easy it is to drive to the club, but also, how far it is to a cruising area after you are in the boat.

I think the Cottage Park recommendation is solid, I was a member there back when and also reommend it. HUll YC on the south shore is also good.
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I would start this search at ActiveCaptain (www.activecaptain.com). You will need to sign up for a free account, but once you are set up, it is EXTREMELY valuable.

In essence ActiveCaptain is an interactive map showing all Yacht Clubs, Marinas, Marine services, Anchorages, etc... It will also allow you to enter a review of a given facility, and view others reviews. In order to encourage participation from the boating community, ActiveCaptain awards "points" for submitting reviews. When you accumulate enough points, you get discounts on products and services offered through their store.

I just did a quick search of the latest update, and there are 99 "markers" in the immediate area surrounding Boston. Admiral's Hill Marina (currently 4 stars; 1 review, to Winthrop Yacht Club (5 stars; 1 review).

Sign up, and find the marina that works best for you.
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We had the same question about a year ago. Decided to apply at Cottage Park Yacht Club, after getting some recommendations.

For us, that clearly was the right choice even though it is not the closest club to Somerville. The facilities are in good shape, the people are nice, everything is rather uncomplicated and it's easy to find contact to other sailors. The bar is nice and there are many events, even.

We have been quite happy with the location too:
* It's not far to the fuel pier at Crystal Cove Marina.
* Once you are past Snake Island, you have sufficient room to sail, and no issues with currents, no real commercial traffic until you get to the main channel, etc.
* It's not too far to get out of the harbor or to the islands.

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