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okapi3 05-18-2012 01:50 AM

Relocating from Chesapeake to New England
Hello New England sailors! After 5 years keeping my boat in Solomons, Md I have decided to try a new cruising area and move the boat to New England. i live in Colorado so it's just as easy to fly to Maryland as to, say, Providence, RI, or Boston. I am open for suggestions on what to make my new home port. I will be sailing up in August and will need to leave the boat on a mooring ball for a couple weeks and then return to cruise in September. Then I want to put the boat on the hard until next Spring. Does anyone have a recommendation on a good marina for winter storage, and possibly for a slip the following season? Newport area maybe? Buzzards Bay? Not too expensive (ha ha). Ease of access from an airport is also important. Don't keep your favorite place a secret! I will be a good neighbor :) Thanks in advance.


sailingfool 05-18-2012 07:55 AM

Re: Relocating from Chesapeake to New England
Buzzards Bay is a great sailing area, this is my favorite place: Kingman Yacht Center | Home but is on the Cape so crossing the Canal can be slow on weekends (but worth it). You can try the other side of the Bay where the commute is less of a challenge here: Buzzard Bay and Cape Cod Boat Sales, Boat Service, Dockage, Mooring and Storage - Neds Point, Buzzards Bay, Cape Cod, Massachusetts or here: Burr Brothers Boats - Home

There are a lot of places close to the airport: Boston Harbor Marina | Boston Harbor Shipyard or but the best deal in town is right at the end of the runway: Cottage Park Yacht Club - Home Page

okapi3 05-18-2012 10:22 AM

Re: Relocating from Chesapeake to New England
Thanks sailingfool. I will check out all your recommendations. I realize now that I posted my question on the wrong forum. To get a response from a broader area (RI, for instance) I should have posted to the "US Northeast" destination forum. Can the monitor tell me if it's OK to re-post to a different forum?

christyleigh 05-18-2012 12:17 PM

Re: Relocating from Chesapeake to New England
The link I pasted in is for Greenwich Bay Marina/Brewers. Brewer Greenwich Bay Marina | Warwick, RI I think Brewers has bought out about 5 marinas in the bay over the past 10 years. I slipped my first 10 years there and the planes from T.F. Green airport (Warwick) fly over the marina so you have both wishes. There are also many other marinas all over Narragansett Bay within a short drive to the airport. I moved down to the Wickford marina for more options for day sails and to be closer to the mouth for ocean cruises.

GMC 05-18-2012 03:25 PM

Re: Relocating from Chesapeake to New England
If you want a little character/flavor/variety to your homeport, try New Bedford. Moorings available. I use a great marina over the winter named Moby Dick Marina in Fairhaven. Although I drive 3 hours to get there and chose the harbor by default because it was the only place I could get a mooring, my wife and I love it. Real working harbor with a lot of history. Half day sail to Elizabeth Islands, Woods Hole. Half to whole to Narraganset Bay. Half to day sail to Vineyard. Always wind. Lot of places to go. P'town airport 45 minutes away, I think, and Logan in Boston about an hour. Also local regional airport.

GMC 05-18-2012 03:31 PM

Re: Relocating from Chesapeake to New England
I meant Providence airport, not P'town, which is Provincetown.

eherlihy 05-18-2012 06:16 PM

Re: Relocating from Chesapeake to New England
First off; check ActiveCaptain for a listing of ALL marinas.

I live in MA, but keep my boat in RI for 2 reasons; 1-Narragansett Bay (for the admiral) is protected and great sailing. 2- NO tax on Boats. Rhode Island has a strong maritime heritage, and strives to keep it alive, by having no taxes on boats. MA will hit you for sales tax/use tax, excise tax, and anything else that the pinheads in Boston can think of.

If you wish to keep it in MA, Cottage Park, and Constitution Marina are two popular ones, as well as the Winthrop Yacht Club. You could also check with Mark Healy, owner of the Boston Harbor Sailing Club Boston Harbor Sailing Club - Sailboat Racing Moorings Rentals Charters, as he has about 10 moorings that he will lease for the summer.

Good luck, and let us know where you land.

brokesailor 05-19-2012 07:51 AM

Re: Relocating from Chesapeake to New England
Paul: Sorry to hear will be leaving, I frequently go by your boat to check it out, but congrats on moving the boat north! A friend of mine up there always tells me how great the summer cruising is up there-not as hot!

norsearayder 05-19-2012 08:17 PM

Re: Relocating from Chesapeake to New England
find a place in maine its where everone goes for a real sailing experince

okapi3 05-19-2012 08:43 PM

Re: Relocating from Chesapeake to New England
Thanks for all the great suggestions and advice. So many places to sail, so little time. I will let all the info ferment for a while before making a decision.

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