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02-14-2007 11:25 AM
sailingfool
Not difficult, just expensive

Quote:
Originally Posted by Keyne
Thanks for info! It looks like getting a mooring someone could be really difficult.ll *sigh*
Like most things boating, its nothing that some $$$$ wont fix...
02-14-2007 11:19 AM
Keyne
Quote:
Originally Posted by sailingfool
Keyne,

Your target list of boats are mostly older designs not noted for sailing performance, if you want a slowboat that's fine, but for $10K you can easily get into better builds/newer designs from Cal, Catalina, or C&C which will give you a good deal more zip in your sailing - depends on you learning what you actually want.

As to moorings, SD has it right that any mooring area with public access will have lengthy waiting lists, towns like Scituate, Marblehead, Wintrhop may have waits of 5-10 years for a smaller boat. It still a good idea to stop by and put your name in, getting on the lists are free, you don't need to be a resident, and its amazing how the time flys.

The best way to quickly get a mooring is to join one of the lower-key yacht clubs which may not have waiting lists. Basically for the cost of club membership, you get launch access to a mooring spot which otherwise would not be useable, as there's no public dingy/launch access. You would need to buy a mooring, often members moving up will have one for sale. The expense adds up, welcome to sailing...Suspects to check include Cottage Park, Savin Hill, South Boston, work throught the list, skip the big nameclubs: http://www.bostonboating.com/yacht.htm. You would need to find a member to sponsor you...but these are casual places...probably find one on Sailnet...

PS You might also join this Yahoo Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MassBaySailors/
PPS There are a few places where you can find seasonal rental moorings, check sites like http://www.harbormasters.org/salem/moorings.shtml and http://www.seachain.com/hcmhome.htm
Thanks for info! It looks like getting a mooring someone could be really difficult.ll *sigh*
02-13-2007 06:23 PM
tha3rdman On your list you had the Pearson 23, have you looked at the Pearson Ariel (26 full keel) it's a tank as well as a well loved boat, great specimens can be found for around 6 - 7k ones that need a bit of work ~1-3k. There a great group of curators over at pearsonariel.org.

Just my two cents . . .
02-13-2007 06:14 PM
sailingfool
Moorings

Quote:
Originally Posted by Keyne
Planning on using a mooring (probably cant afford or get a slip with the waiting lists around boston). I live in the city and dont have a place to put a boat or a car/truck to tow it.
Keyne,

Your target list of boats are mostly older designs not noted for sailing performance, if you want a slowboat that's fine, but for $10K you can easily get into better builds/newer designs from Cal, Catalina, or C&C which will give you a good deal more zip in your sailing - depends on you learning what you actually want.

As to moorings, SD has it right that any mooring area with public access will have lengthy waiting lists, towns like Scituate, Marblehead, Wintrhop may have waits of 5-10 years for a smaller boat. It still a good idea to stop by and put your name in, getting on the lists are free, you don't need to be a resident, and its amazing how the time flys.

The best way to quickly get a mooring is to join one of the lower-key yacht clubs which may not have waiting lists. Basically for the cost of club membership, you get launch access to a mooring spot which otherwise would not be useable, as there's no public dingy/launch access. You would need to buy a mooring, often members moving up will have one for sale. The expense adds up, welcome to sailing...Suspects to check include Cottage Park, Savin Hill, South Boston, work throught the list, skip the big nameclubs: http://www.bostonboating.com/yacht.htm. You would need to find a member to sponsor you...but these are casual places...probably find one on Sailnet...

PS You might also join this Yahoo Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MassBaySailors/
PPS There are a few places where you can find seasonal rental moorings, check sites like http://www.harbormasters.org/salem/moorings.shtml and http://www.seachain.com/hcmhome.htm
02-13-2007 03:18 PM
sailingdog Most of the mooring fields are managed/owned by yatch clubs. There are some public ones, but the wait list is rather long on most of them. Even on the private ones, the wait list can be a killer.
02-12-2007 11:50 PM
7tiger7 Keyne -
I'm trying to figure out the mooring situations in Boston myself. For me to get a mooring, would I have to belong to a yacht club? Or could I just get a mooring somewhere (say, in South Boston, by Dorchester bay) and row out there in a dinghy? Or do I need to be a member of a club?
Cheers
Phillip
02-12-2007 04:08 PM
Keyne Planning on using a mooring (probably cant afford or get a slip with the waiting lists around boston). I live in the city and dont have a place to put a boat or a car/truck to tow it.
02-12-2007 12:51 PM
sailingdog While trailerables are far less expensive, especially if you have place you can store them on the trailer that is convenient and free... you will find that if you keep the boat in the water, you will find sailing far more enjoyable, and find yourself doing more sailing. If it takes you two hours to get the boat in the water and rigged, and almost that long to get the boat out and unrigged... you have spend four hours each time you go sailing in prep work... if the boat is rigged and in the water... you can usually get out sailing in under 30 minutes, and the same when you get back.

It depends on your financial situation as well as your time requirements. With a boat at a slip or a mooring (which is usually a good deal cheaper than a slip, but far less convenient) you can opt to go sailing on a free afternoon or morning... with a boat on a trailer, that is usually a non-starter.
02-12-2007 11:09 AM
jdsackett
cal 25

i dont know how available they are in your area, but give a cal 25 a look. i have one, my first bigger boat also. good light air boat. mine has a pop top that i probably wouldnt like in open water, but i sail on a lake. with the top popped i have standing headroom, im 6'1" in my sox. small dinette, small galley. small head with porta pottie. birth is big enough for 2. nice sized cockpit, enough room for 4 easy. good weekender. pretty good storage, big lazerettes. been out in 25 mph winds with 95% jib and reefed main, no problem, sailed nice. mine has a 6 hp outboard, which is adequate for my situation. only down side is the tiller is forward of the transom. a real pain to steer and change gears and throttle settings. need to rig up some remote controls for the motor and should be a lot better. could throw a party on the foredeck. hanked on sails. good , solid little boat and can be had pretty cheap in good shape. good luck on your search. sail one if you get a chance, i single hand all the time, no probs. best regards, j.d.
02-12-2007 12:50 AM
labatt Out of curiosity, are you looking for a trailerable or something to keep at a marina/club? Dockage can get very pricey immediately around Boston - just in case you haven't factored it in. There are a lot of great trailerables out there too.
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